AnimeJapan 2017, the biggest yearly anime event in Japan, will be held from Thursday, March 23 to Sunday March 26, 2017. It is held at Tokyo Big Sight (the same site as Comiket) with the Main Area located at East Hall 1 to 8 in the East Exhibition Hall, and the Business Area at the Reception Hall in the Conference Tower.
☆Please note, tickets are required to participate in the events of AnimeJapan 2017
(*Children who have not started elementary school may attend for free, except for events held at the Family Area)
Tickets cost 1,800 yen (advanced ticket) and 2,200 yen (at the door). *Tax is included. You can get a good deal by buying the advance ticket! The application form for the different shows was included with the advance ticket which was available for purchase from Friday December 16, 2016 to Sunday February 19, 2017.
Stages include the ‘Red Stage,’ the ‘Green Stage,’ the ‘Blue Stage,’ and the ‘Open Stage.’ Standing in the back for the “’Open Stage’ will not require applications. However, the seats located in the front of all stages will only be available through application and lottery.
Those who do not wish to obtain the application form can still purchase the advance ticket until Friday, March 24, 2017. Furthermore, a ticket is not required for the Family Area where anyone can enter freely. The purchase for at-the-door tickets will be available starting at 5:00 a.m. each day. (*Purchasing on CN Play Guide Internet and Fami Port will be available from 6:00 a.m.) Details about the tickets will be revealed on the AnimeJapan 2017 official website. Please check the necessary tickets in advance in order to fully enjoy AnimeJapan!
【AnimeJapan 2017 Tickets】
Business Area is limited for business purposes. Students and Individuals are not allowed to enter.
Thursday March 23, 2017: 11:00 a.m. ~ 6:00 p.m. ※Last Admission 5:30 p.m.
Friday March 24, 2017: 10:00 a.m. ~ 5:00 p.m. ※Last Admission 4:30 p.m.
Thursday March 23, 2017 ~ Sunday March 26, 2017: 10:00 a.m. ~ 5:00 p.m. ※Last Admission 4:30 p.m.
At East Exhibition Hall 1-7
The Main Area is the biggest section where the main stages, various workshops, specialty foods, and official goods will be located. Please visit this area to enjoy AnimeJapan 2017 to the fullest.
Cosplayer’s World, a section which started in 2016, will be held at East Hall 7 for those who would like to enjoy cosplay and take photos. A lot of anime and cosplay fans will gather there to have fun. Please come to Cosplayer’s World!
Saturday March 25, 2017 ~ Sunday March 26, 2017
At the Creation Area, the sections Seminar Stage and the Production Works Gallery will be featured for anime creators and those who would like to become anime creators. Creator Workshop and Career Counselling Stage will be presented at the Seminar Stage. Details will be introduced in the fourth event guide.
Follow the Rules!
Finally, please be aware of the following:
-Please do not line up overnight.
Even though there are many attractive goods, please do not line overnight. There is a chance that the next event could be cancelled if people do this. Instead, please take the first train or another form of transportation. This is the real otaku way.
-Wear warm clothing and dress appropriately.
Tokyo Big Sight is located near the sea and it is expected to be very windy. Please be prepared by dressing warmly and consider using hand warmers, or wearing gloves and scarves, especially for those who will line early in the morning.
-Please follow the rules and the staff’s directions.
Running and pushing are not allowed. Please notify the staff if you see anyone suspicious or troublesome.
-Be aware of what you wear.
A lot of people will gather at AnimeJapan so please think critically and wear clean and proper clothing for the event.
This was just Part 1 of the event guide. Part 2 will introduce more about the Main Area and the various stages.