Buying Concert Tickets in Japan

27 Mar

Purchasing tickets from outside Japan is a nightmare if you can’t read the language – and unless you’ve got a contact in Japan to purchase on your behalf, you’ll have to await until you arrive to purchase your ticket (presuming the show is not sold out), Most tickets can be purchased via a ticket machine at a Lawson Station convenience store. Do your homework first though. It is likely that the staff will not speak English, so take a printout (in Japanese) from the Internet of the show details with you. They usually just require the booking reference number to type in, plus your name and a contact phone number. Then they will print you out a receipt which is paid for at the counter. Then, the staff will print out your actual ticket. How simple and painless is that ?! I’ve only purchased from Lawson before so cannot comment on other outlets, but I believe Jusco and other convenience stores (similar method to above) can see you right. There are also websites like which will act on your behalf but be prepared to pay fees etc.

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