The heart of a music festival is the dance floor, and The Labyrinth dance floor is a large, flat field surrounded by trees and mountains. We are happy to announce that the floor is covered in soft grass, perfect both for dancing or laying back while listening to ambient in the morning. We will keep this area as simple and open as possible so there’s the maximum amount of space to dance, and so we don’t disturb the spot’s natural beauty.
But the most important aspect of the floor is the attitude you bring to it. Keeping it clean is a joint responsibility that belongs to all of us. A clean floor is a powerful symbol of respect for the event, for nature, and for a communal space shared by many. Laziness in this regard (“someone else will pick it up…”) is not good enough. Let us all strive for respect for ourselves and others through our actions on the floor.
Hodaigi is a wonderful place to camp. There is a wide range of camping spots scattered around the campgrounds. Most camping is in tree-covered areas, under Japanese white birch or Japanese larch trees, but there are also open areas looking out on mountains.
The “Sports Day” weekend of October is known for its fine weather and is typically one of the driest and sunniest weekends of the year, but everyone should be prepared for rain and cold. The elevation of the campgrounds is 1000m, and the evenings can be quite cold at this time of year, so please prepare proper gear and layers. To help keep everyone warm at night, we are running an indoor cafe in a building close to the dance floor. We are also building a large campfire in the campground area.
Hodaigi is a proper campground with full facilities. There are coin-operated hot showers and several covered BBQ areas with places for cooking and running water from Mt. Hotaka, a famous source of water in the area. A small store on site sells essential items. There is also a limited number of auto-camping spots and bungalows which can be reserved (see below).
And if camping is not your thing, you can stay at pensions and ski lodges which are on the route of the shuttle bus to the parking area. The shuttle bus stops at the Twin Villa Hodaigi, a ski lodge, where it's possible during certain hours to use their baths.