How to buy Concert ticket in Japan?
How to buy Concert ticket in Japan?
There are two types of tickets usually in Japan.
1) Preorder ticket ("Senko ticket")
a. Fast come fast serve style order ("Senchaku")
b. Lottery style order ("Chusen")
2) Normal ticket ("Ippan ticket")
A simple rule is that 2) Normal ticket is hard to get, sometimes impossible.
Usually 1) Preorder ticket comes before the 2) Normal ticket.
Preorder does not mean you can definately get it. There are two types of a preorder ticket: a. Fast come fast serve style order and b. Lottery style order.
a. Fast come fast serve style order means you apply to buy by website, tel. etc. The faster you can reach the ticket office, the more securely you can get the ticket. The problem is that many resellers clog the ticket website and once you can reach the website to buy, the ticket is all sold out.
We supported many clients with this. It is quite tough to beat the resellers who organize the big team. Esp. if the order is only by telephone, you can give up already (!).
b. Lottery style order means you apply by website etc. during a certain period of time. It does not matter you apply early or late, the chance of winning the right to buy does not change. To reduce the reseller's problem, we see this style more.
How to increase your chance？
Always failing to buy the ticket in Japan? Well, honestly there is no 100% guaranteed way to get a ticket. But there are some ways you can increase your chance to win the right to buy the ticket.
1. if the artist has a fanclub, join it.
2. if the artist has a membership for their official website, join it.
3. if the ticket to win the right is enclosed in an item such as music CD, buy several (if allowed under the regulation of the artist) and apply several times.
4. Be a premium member of major ticket platforms such as Lawson ticket or Ticket Pia.
5. Join a free member of e-Plus
To be able to buy a ticket safely, "fanclub" plays an important role. Simply put, if you are a member of fanclub of the favorite band or so, you have a better access for the ticket.
How ticketing works normally?
The usual process to buy ticket in Japan is the follow:
A. Preorder (lottery style) only for fanclub member starts.
B. Preorder from a major ticket platform starts
C. Normal ticket sales start.
Based on our observation, there are many popular concerts which just do A.
Ticket hard to buy in Japan
Which concert is the hardest to go? There are some statistics about the amount of resale ticket circulated in Japan. This implies the demand is high for such a concert.
2) Tohoshinki (Korean band)
3) SMAP (separated in 2017)
4) EXILE TRIBE
5) Kan Jani 8
7) BIGBANG (Korean band)
8) Masaharu Fukuyama
9) Sandaime J Soul Brothers
10) Hey! Say! JUMP
11) EXO (Korean band)
12) Momoiro Clover Z
13) Dreams Come True
14) Kazumasa Oda
15) Namie Amuro ( to retire in 2018)
16 ) Kat-Tun
There are many professional resellers which make it hard for real fans to get ticket. It is normal to see the resale ticket price 200% - 700% of its original price. Crazy... It is not good situation. We hope there shall be a strong regulation on resale business.
online Reseller face penality in Japan?
The Japanese government announced to enact a new law on ticket reselling. It will be "some" good countermeasure for the reseller problem in Japan. The penalty shall be 1 year prison sentence or 1mil JPY or less. For details, you can find here.
Many special Concert for fanclub
Recent trend is that the artists offer special lives only for a certain group of people.
For example, there are seats only available for fanclub members, or even a fanclub only concert takes place. In some case, you need to buy a CD which has a serial number only with which you can apply to win the right to buy a ticket.
Onegai Kaeru team can support many of these cases.
Just contact us! When you contact us, please state a much details as possible about your request. your name, what/on which date concert you want to go, your budget, birthday.
Our service fee changes depending on the urgency/difficulty of the case.
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