Comiket in Tokyo, Japan. What is it? What you need to be careful with?

Comiket in Tokyo, Japan. What is it? What you need to be careful with?
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Comiket 2 times a year

Big dojinshi fair in the world

Comiket is the biggest Dojinshi ("同人誌" / self-published works by animator/comic artist) convention in the world since 1975 (21 Dec). 


We call it "Komike" in Japan. 

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When to take place?


It takes place at Tokyo Big Sight two times a year ("Summer Comiket" in mid August of every year e.g. 10-12AUG and "Winter Comiket" around the end of every year e.g. 29DEC- 1JAN).


Besides this, there is Comiket Special which takes place every 5 year.


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2018 Summer

Word from the organizer for Summer 2018

Update from the organizer for this 2018 August Comiket:


Probably the same situation for summer Comike in 2019, 2020 etc. So keep this in your mind if you visit. 


1) "Cosplayers should not stay outside under the super hot sun for a long. It was 35 degree already at 10:00AM and hotter than 39 degree at around 14:00 on 10th of August, 2018. ". 


It is usually 2-4 mins per each photo shooting. When the cosplayer is popular, there can be more than 20 people to line up to take photos!! Not healthy in this heat.


In the end, more than 100 people were taken for care after they felt sick in the heat.


It is a fun event but the safety should come first.


2) "Cosplayer should not wear scanty stuff."

Some cosplayers wear not much to attract the fans. Be careful with strange may have give some wrong impression! Again, the safety first. 


The photos of the cosplayers are here!


We also heard that there were pickpocket cases. One guy was arrested. Watch your belongings!

Cost to visit Comiket

How much to cost to visit the Comiket? 


Opening hour

Open 10:00AM - 17:00 for the 1st and 2nd day and 10:00AM-16:00 for the 3rd day

(Subject to a possible change in the future. Check the official website )


Although not allowed, it is sort of tradition that the visitors rush out of the station gate from the first train which reaches at Rinkai line Kokusai Tenjijo station ( りんかい線国際展示場駅 ).


It is called " Shihatsu Dash / 始発ダッシュ or the first train dash ".

Location and How to get there?

The location is at Tokyo Big Sight, a convention hall in Tokyo. You take JR Shinjuku Rinkai line or Yurikamome line from JR Shinbashi station. 


You get off at Kokusai Tenjijo station ( りんかい線国際展示場駅 ) of Rinkai line or Kokusai Tenjijo Seimon station (国際展示場正門駅) of Yurikamome line.

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Comiket policy

The policy of Comiket is that all participants are equal.

Seller - circle

You need to be selected to be the seller. If selected to be a seller, you need to pay. The normal seller space is a half of a table and two chairs. The seller at the Comiket is called "circle". 


The application starts for the next convention around the time of Comiket. That means if you want to be a seller at the next convention, you need to apply around 6 months in advance.


If you wish to be a seller, you need to apply by post or email. Many applications fail because of just not enough or wrong information in the application format. You make sure you fill in correctly!


More than 36000 circles attend usually


Seller can enter at 07:00AM

This is how it is like in Comiket source: wikipedia
This is how it is like in Comiket source: wikipedia


Is it free to visit the market?


Unlike many Dojinshi convention, you do not need to buy the catalog (as an entry ticket) to visit the market.


More than 500000 visitors usually


Visitor can line up from 04:30AM and enter at 10:00AM (in fact you are NOT allowed to line up before 04:30AM but many lineup from the day before)


If you want to do a cosplay at the Comiket, you need to apply in advance.


careful about several rules at Comiket!!

You must be careful about several rules in Comiket. The similar rules apply also to many Dojinshi Conventions in Japan.



If you want to take a photo/video of someone in the Comiket, unless you blur the person's face, you are not allowed to publish it on your SNS or any sort. If you want to publish, you need to identify yourself with your name and your contact information, the purpose/media details. The organiser is strict with the rules. The penalty could be the eviction from the Comiket.

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