If you love Japanese Music one of your dreams is surely to visit the Land of the Rising Sun, the country we see in our minds as a Wonderland on earth, and if you’re really determined the day you’ll finally decide to buy a plane ticket to attend your favorite artist’s tour and visit Japan will come for sure. For this, you’ll have to be ready and know everything necessary to have the best possible vacation and experience, and here’s where my blog comes in help, with a series of guides that will analyze all the most important aspects of attending any kind of concert in Japan.
The second phase we’re going to analyze, after taking a look at the best moments to go to Japan and attend memorable concerts, is probably the most important one: Where to buy tickets for Japanese concerts. Which also leads to a spontaneous question: Is it easy to get tickets for Japanese shows?
Well, it really depends on several factors: How big a group is, the venue, the nature of the show itself (tour, unique event, etc.), the presence or not of a Fan Club lottery, and many other aspects that can make the hunt for a ticket an easy task as well as a real nightmare. Don’t worry though: My guide is here to help you get a ticket for your favorite group’s concert you’re dying to see with a list of options to choose from and fundamental rules to follow, analyzing all the best and fastest ways to obtain tickets, whatever kind of show you’re going to attend.
How to get tickets for a Japanese show
1. Online services
There are several online services on the web that import goods and merchandise from Japan to your home by request, and most of them are also specialized in getting tickets for concerts and any other kind of event. How does it work? It’s simple: The guys behind these services will buy a ticket for you and send it to your home overseas, which means you’ll need to pay the price of the ticket, the service fee, and the shipping costs to deliver it. Fees vary from service to service and from the kind of ticket you’re going to buy, so to be sure about the final price, be sure to ask beforehand in order to avoid complications. It may be a reasonable sum or a pretty expensive one, and it really depends on your needs, but you can be pretty sure no one is trying to speculate: These kind of overseas services are usually pricey, so it’s just the norm.
Of course, this is a more expensive way to get access to the show you’ve been dreaming to attend, but it’s still worth it in case you have no other way to get a ticket, and I honestly feel like recommending it. Some well known services are Bridge.jpn and fdjp, but there are many other out there as well, so be sure to search the web just in case you want a wider choice.
2. Fan Club lotteries
The biggest groups usually have a Fan Club lottery that allows the members of this exclusive service to get tickets in advance before the general sale date and (usually) better seats, yet it may not be that easy: In most cases, to be part of a Fan Club, you need a japanese address and go through forms entirely written in japanese, and if you live overseas it may be a bit tricky but not impossible at all: Just look around the web or ask for informations to the fans through social networks and they will help you get subscribed to this exclusive service and cross the language barrier. You will obviously need to pay a yearly service fee (plus the costs of the ticket in case you’re getting one) but if you really love a group and want to support it in any possible way while getting exclusive services, then it’s definitely a reasonable choice.
But it’s not over here, as there’s also an easier way to get access to this service: Indeed, the biggest Japanese acts out there (like Perfume) have international “branches” of their Fan Clubs that everyone in the world can subscribe to easily, as the forms to compile are fully in english. Worldwide Fan Clubs give the chance to participate to ticket lotteries for both overseas and japanese shows of your favorite group, so it’s a way easier and less stressful method to get tickets in case your group is offering this service. Please note that participating in lotteries, both in japanese-only and worldwide fan clubs, doesn’t necessarily mean you’re going to get a ticket, but in all honesty, I can say that most of the fans usually make it. In any case, cross your fingers!
3. Through friends
Many fans from Japan and all over the world whom you share the same passion for your favorite group are usually open to help foreigner fans get tickets. If one of your friends kindly offers his/her help in getting a ticket for you, you should accept as this will honestly make your life a lot easier. You can send the money in advance easily to your friend by using PayPal or Western Union (or in any way you have decided to do) and he/she will get the ticket for you.
In all honesty, if you have a friend in Japan, this is the easiest way to get a ticket, and in case you really have no way to get one by yourself using other ways, don’t be afraid to ask: A friend and fellow fan will always do anything possible to help you. Be sure to reciprocate the kind thought!
4. Go in front of the venue
The last chance, and definitely the most risky one: I don’t recommend this at all, especially if you’re traveling from overseas. But still, some fans did it and got their tickets, so if you feel really brave and think you have nothing to lose, this is the last solution: Pick a paper, write on it that you need a ticket for the show, and start wandering around the venue the day of the show looking for someone who may have a spare ticket to sell to you. Someone lucky actually got tickets in this way, but as I said above, it’s really risky. Just think about it: You traveled all the way to Japan for this show, and if this method doesn’t work out, you’ll see all your fellow fans go inside the venue happily while you’ll just remain outside without a ticket and a grumpy expression on your face. It’s not worth it. And, in any case, with all the methods listed above, it’ll be hard for you to not get a ticket in a more proper way, but since is my duty to list all the possible ways to get one, this risky method is here as well. It’s up to you!
– Always buy tickets as soon as possible
Especially in the case of bigger groups, tickets may sold out in a matter of days if not hours, so if you have the chance, get your ticket as soon as possible to grant your place inside the venue.
– Don’t buy tickets from speculators
These are rare cases, but still present in the mission to get a ticket for your favorite japanese show. Around the web (through forums, socials, and even auction websites) you may see someone selling tickets for concerts with a price that’s two, if not three times higher than the normal sum. DON’T BUY THEM. Why? It’s simple: First of all, it’s just not fair that you have to pay an exaggerated price while everyone just bought the ticket for its normal price. Second, and most importantly, you’re paying a speculator that’s trying to gain money in an illicit way: You have to avoid this kind of people. Instead of looking for this stuff, just ask around in the fandom through the web, and you will find out that the majority of fans with a spare ticket will be glad to sell it to you just for the regular price, friendly and honestly.
– The Golden rule
Wait for the show to be announced, get the ticket, and then buy a plane ticket. If the main reason you’re traveling to Japan is a concert, you don’t wanna spend a lot of money to travel in the Land of the Rising Sun without being sure you can attend it. Remember: Concert tickets sold out, plane tickets do not. Also, don’t be afraid for the plane ticket price to get higher in case the show it’s just three or four months away: Many airline companies make good discounts in several occasions, so it’ll be hard to pay an exaggerated price for your travel, unless it’s like two weeks before.
– Don’t stress yourself up!
With all the methods listed above and the right determination, there’s just nothing that can stop you: If you really want to, you WILL attend the concert of your dreams. Period. Planning your trip and your concert is super exciting, so be sure to do everything precisely and enjoy it without stressing yourself up: You’re gonna make it.
Be ready to make the best vacation of your life and have a blast with all your friends!