If you’re like me, and like kpop, at one point you would definitely want to attend and buy a kpop concert or fanmeeting ticket in Japan. Maybe you have the best timing and there’s a concert right when you plan to visit, or you live in Japan. I was so surprised to see the number of concerts that Tokyo constantly has! I struggled the first time trying to buy kpop tickets in Japan so I want to help you figure out how to buy kpop tickets in Japan. Japan has its own unique way of holding concerts so be sure to read carefully! Some of the ways to get them includes getting them from convenience stores, ordering them online, to going to a counter.
To see a list of Kpop Concerts in Japan this fall click here.
If you want a more general kpop guide for Tokyo, and not How to buy Kpop tickets in Japan, Check out: KPOP GUIDE IN TOKYO
tickets, to fan meetings, to the line store. This guide will help you with all your kpop needs in Tokyo! Just don’t spend too much in one location! To see a list of Kpop Concerts in Japan this fall click here.
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*Updated October 2022
Important things to know before buying
- kpop tickets in Japan are usually first come first serve, so if you plan to buy tickets after you arrive in Japan a few days before the concert, you will most likely have seats in the back. Most events don’t let you pick seats, and they will be given to you in the order the tickets have been bought. Even if its general admission, and you think you can just get there early, that’s not how it works. When the ticket is bought, you are given an admission rank number, and the number keeps on getting worse the more you wait.
- Admission rank number is a number generated to a customer the moment the ticket is bought and with this number, the order of going into the venue is picked. So if your number is low, that means you are one of the first ones to get in, and you will have to be at the venue at the moment doors are open because they will call numbers 10 at a time to go in slowly. Verse versa for someone with a high number, they are allowed last. This is put in place so people don’t end up wasting hours trying to be the first ones in.
- kpop tickets in Japan usually sell out quickly or even instantly for a popular group so if you plan to go to a concert that is popular, it might be a good idea to buy the tickets months in advance. This process isn’t usually possible unless you have a Japanese address and phone number though.
This guide will show the ways to buy kpop tickets in Japan, but some concerts may have their own way of buying and it will not be explained in this guide. In these cases, they will have their own special artist ticket website. I know an example of this was Twice’s concerts in Japan in which people who were only in the Fanclub in Japan were able to access the tickets. I won’t be able to cover those methods in this guide since I don’t know much information on it. I will be showing ways kpop tickets in Japan can be bought within the regular sales, public pre-order sales, and without having to be a fan club member.
Most convenience stores (like Seven-Eleven, Lawson, Family Mart) have ticketing machines within their stores. Each store has a different system and some events are only accessible in one chain, so it is important to see which convenience store sells which concert. These ticketing machines look a little like an atm from afar but they are smaller. With this option, you will either need to know basic Japanese, to bring a friend who knows Japanese, to use google translate, or if anything you can ask the staff (don’t worry I had to ask the workers once). There are also a bunch of Youtube videos that show how to use the machines! Other than, kpop tickets, you can also buy tickets to Disney with the machines, so it might be nice to get comfortable with it!
This method might not work for very popular concerts whos tickets get sold out before the general audience, and in this case, you will have to buy pre-sale tickets, which is another process I will be explaining later in this guide. These tickets are since are usually after pre-sale, the tickets bought using this method is usually not the best seats and to get them, they need to be bought online beforehand.
Good things about buying through the machines is that it is very simple and you can get the tickets within 30 minutes, don’t need a credit card or Japanese address because you pay in cash (but you need a Japanese phone number though)
Even though there are multiple store with different machines, most of them require the same steps to buy tickets.
- Find the event by searching by artist (or any information like date, venue) or enter a event code. Sometimes on the main page, it shows the popular shows on sale, so in this case you can just click on the image that pops up. Other times, there is a poster in front of the machine showing events coming up with their event code for you to search quickly.
- Choosing the date and the number of tickets needed.
- Inputting your name and phone number
- A receipt will come out from the machine, so take that to the counter to pay.
- Once you hand the receipt to the store click and pay, the clerk will print out the tickets for you (within 30 minutes)
These are the four types of machines:
Loppi machine (Lawson, Ministop)
Loppi machine are found in Lawson and some Ministop stores (I personally never saw them, but apparently they have them in some stores) This machine is connected to an online website, Lawson Tickets (aka L-tike ) If you know the L-code from the online website, you can put it in to immediately find the concert you are looking for.
Multicopy (Seven Eleven)
Seven-Eleven has the“Multicopy” machine and functions as both a ticket machine and a copy machine. Seven-Eleven is affiliated with Ticket Pia, so you can look up your event by using the “P-code” from the event’s website. But you can also search it up manually, by looking up the artist’s name, etc.
Fami Port (Family Mart)
Family Mart has the Fami Port Machines and these machines use the eplus (e+) ticket system. Famil port doesn’t have the code system like the other machines, so you will need to input the artist or venue in Japanese instead. For this method, Japanese is the most needed. You will probably need to know how to write the artist’s name in katakana characters, so if you don’t have anyone to help you, be sure to write some memos down beforehand.
Karuwaza Station (Sankus, Circle K)
Sankus and Circle K stores are affiliated with Ticket Pia, so you can use a P-code found from the event page for ticket pia. This is the same process as Seven-Eleven. You can also search on manually.
BUYING FROM ONLINE TICKET AGENCIES
There are a lot of ticket online retailers, but these are the two that kpop events are usually sold on:
- Ticket Pia
- Lawson Ticket
I personally use Ticket Pia for kpop tickets the most while I was in Japan. They had the most variety of events.
Buying tickets through these websites is a little bit harder and annoying, but luckily, `Lawson lets you buy tickets overseas. To buy from Ticket Pia, a Japanese phone number and a Japanese address is needed to make an account to secure a ticket. Buying through these websites obviously isn’t the only option, but it is if you want to pre-order tickets before they go on general sale (to make sure you get tickets before they sell out, and getting good seats)
- Go to www.l-tike.com
- Click on Concert
- Click Kpop/Asia
- It will list all the kpop concerts and events that Lawson has on sale
- If you see a group you are interested in, click on their photo and it’ll take you to their event page.
- Once clicked it shows more information on the even and if it’s on sale, and what round it’s on. If it says 発売中 in red, that means it is on sale.
- Click on the blue words towards the center of the screen to go to the next page.
- Then it shows more detail about the ticket and when scrolled down, there will be a plus button, just click that on the date you want to go to the concert, and then press the big pink button.
- Then the right part of the screen will change and will show you everything from the price, venue, date, and when scrolled down it shows the different ways of payment that is allowed. On this screen, press the pink button to continue after choosing how many tickets you want to buy
- From this step, you will need to make an account. The left side is for users who have an account already, and the right is for new customers.
- Lucky for us on the right side of this screen, Lawson lets overseas customers buy tickets without needing a Japanese phone number or address! Click this to continue buying.
- From here, all the pages will be presented in English! Woo hoo!
- Make to make payment method at lawson stores in japan, and pay at lawson stores in japan. Because they don’t accept cards issued outside of japan.
- You can pay through the loppi machines in the store (explained at the beginning of this guide)
- Set a 4 letter/number password for confirming tickets later.
- From there, press continue/next and it will list all the information about the ticket and all the fees and the total amount.
- Scroll all the way down and confirm your order
- Congrats! You just scored your tickets!
- Be sure to look out for emails on how to pick the tickets up from Lawson. They usually tell you to put a code in the loppi machine for you to print out the receipt and pay at the counter.
- Recently, there has been an increase in Smartphone e-ticket only events. Before buying tickets, download the Rochike Electronic Ticket app to make sure you will be login in and use the app properly. You will need a Japanese phone number for this.
*Lawson also has their own eguide of buying tickets in English if you don’t understand my explanation or want a more in detail explanation. It might be easier to follow since it has photos. It also tells you how to pick up the tickets and how to see the application history. Now you know How to buy Kpop tickets in Japan through Lawson.
- Go to https://t.pia.jp/
- Scroll down and look for 韓流 which means Korean.
- Once clicked, every kpop event that ticket pia is selling tickets to is shown.
- There will be boxes with pictures of concerts/artists when hovered over it will turn yellow, click the box of the event that most interests you
- Some kpop tickets might be for lottery and others might be for the general sale. It will say in red if it’s in a lottery or general admission phase.
- Pick the day you want to attend the event, and click the yellow button to proceed to the next page.
- Scroll down and you will see yellow buttons again
- Depending on the concert, will show the different seat choices (seating or standing) and shows the different days of the performance. Click on the seat and date that you want.
- アリーナスタンディング means arena standing and 指定席 means designed seats. Arena seats usually are closer to the stand but isn’t leveled and most times are harder to see. I always prefer the seats since I have seats, and don’t have to worry about getting to the arena early. Having a seat to read in before the concert and during the intermission is nice after standing up for a while during the concert.
- Proceed to buy the amount of tickets you want and continue to payment type.
- If it’s lottery-based tickets, Once clicked, pick the number of tickets you want to enter, there will be three options. From top to bottom it gives you the option to pick a second choice in case you don’t get into the first choice lottery, enter the lottery for multiple dates, and to proceed to application. We will proceed.
- It will bring you to a sign-in page and on the right it lets you log in with google and twitter. Scroll all the way down to press the black button, and the next pages will ask you to make an account. You will need a Japanese address and phone number for this step, so, unfortunately, for people who don’t have one, or isn’t able to borrow one, you won’t be able to get a ticket. They will ask for a phone number verification and will ask you to call a number shown on the page. After calling, then it will let you continue buying the ticket. Theoretically, you can enter a random address, but be careful to not choose postal delivery because then the tickets will be sent to that address, and you will lose your ticket. Always choose to pick up at a convenience store as the delivery option.
- Ticket pick up can also be on Cloak. Cloak is found and issued at Seven-Eleven (Multicopy machine) and FamilyMart (Fami Port machine)
- Ticketing fee: 0 yen for Pia Premium members, 110 yen for Pia members, 110 yen for Pia members / members per purchased ticket
- *Tickets can be issued at the store 24 hours after the date and time of purchase, with some exceptions. (Also, it may vary depending on the performance.)
ib.eplus.jp has an English option on its website and is much easier to navigate. Press concert, and then look for a kpop artist in the list. They are more geared to western artists, and not might be the best selections of events to get kpop tickets in Japan.
Tips that are towards all options:
If you are buying concert tickets during the pre-order phase, you can only pay but not print them just yet. Tickets only become printable after the general sale has started in that case. That means if you were able to get the tickets on the first round of pre-sale, you will have to wait a while until the tickets are physically in your hands.
Usually after buying a ticket online that is already on general sale, you will have a limited amount of time to buy tickets (usually 48 hours) to pay the tickets at the convenience store, once you’ve reserved/ordered them online! If you fail to make the payment, your order will be canceled.
Pre-order usually have a pre-order period during which you can apply anytime without decreasing your chances. The people who get picked for the tickets will be drawn a few days after the application period has ended and are notified by email. Then, there will be a certain amount of time to pay the tickets. If you miss the payment deadline, they will be thrown back into the pot again.
Applying for tickets during the pre-order period will not automatically entitle you to buy the tickets. Rather, is like taking part in a lottery in which you can win the right to buy the them. Getting Kpop tickets in Japan is really an adventure sometimes.
TICKET PIA COUNTERS
Ticket Pia has a few counters all over tokyo where you can buy your ticket over the counter. A complete list of such shops can be found here (only in Japanese). All you need to tell the staff is the concert information like the artist and the date, and they will be happy to get and print the ticket for you. You do not need a phone number or an address for this method and if you get lucky, you might get a staff that can speak English. I personality got my kpop tickets from the ticket pia counter in the Shibuya 101 building when I didnt have a phone number and the process was very quick and easy.
You now know how to buy kpop tickets in Japan!
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