If you are living outside Japan and want to get tickets for Japanese concerts & events it’s not the most easiest job to do. If you don’t speak/understand Japanese the task gets even more complicated.
There are mainly two (mostly) secure ways for the ticket hunting especially if you live abroad and don’t speak Japanese.
Got friends in Japan?
If you have a friend or you know a fellow fan living in Japan there is the most comfortable way for getting tickets: Just kindly ask her/him if she/he could get the tickets you would like to have. Even better if that person likes same kind of music and same artists as you do.
Normal priced tickets you can get with a little help from your friend from such nationwide ticket sellers as ePlus and Pia. If you want to get your seat as close as possible to the stage or the general tickets sale has already ended you can try “second hand” resellers such as Yokohamaticket, Gorakudoh and TicketCamp. Tickets from these resellers are of course more expensive. Resale tickets are for example from fan club members and such.
My friend living in Tokyo got me a ticket from reseller. It was for Berryz Kobo concert and quite near the stage. Although it was expensive I was super happy to see Miya & others so close.
This second way is using online (proxy) services. These services will buy a ticket (and other stuff) for you and send it to your home address or your hotel in Japan. As these services are pure business besides the price of the ticket you have to pay the service fee and all the shipping costs. Depending on which online service you use and where they get your desired tickets the cost can be quite high.
These online services can get tickets from general sales but also from Japanese auctions (Yahoo etc).
Remark on topic
This is only a brief guide for ticket hunting. I’ve got my tickets via my friend and directly from Up-Front (press tickets/passes). From those services I’ve mentioned here I have used only Tenso when I’ve purchased items from e-Line-UP. I think Tenso does not provide tickets but I’m not quite sure about that.
If any of you have more knowledge on this “getting tickets” subject feel free to post your comments here. Thanks.
Some useful links
Online proxy services: Celga | Japonica Market | Japan Concert Tickets | Goody Japan | Shopping Service Japan | No Country For Tall Men Exports | Tenso
General tickets sale: ePlus | Pia
ReSellers: Yokohama Ticket | Gorakudoh | TicketCamp
Some more or less related guides: Buying tickets | Attending concerts & How to get tickets