Wonder Festival is the world largest Garage Kit (Figures) sales and exhibition event. Regardless of being a pro or an amateur, this event allows figure makers to bring their creation to display and sell in the event. Though the main event is about exhibiting and selling figures, there are also free markets and cosplay. The highlight of this event is that companies that holds characters’s copyright allows buying selling the characters figure for a day. In other words, we can also call this a “figure version of Comiket”.
Summer: August Winter: February
Upcoming Event: Wonder Festival 2015
Date: July 24, 2015 (Sun)
Venue: Makuhari Messe, Hall 1~8
How to Purchase Ticket
Entrance Fee JPY 2000 (USD $20)
(Including Official Guide Book / Below Elementary School Free)
Official Guide Book is necessary in entering the event. As of now, there are no means of obtaining the ticket either via mail or internet from aboard. However, there are two methods to purchase the ticket within Japan. First is to purchase it on the event day. In this case, you have to line up to buy the guide book first before lining up again to buy the entrance ticket. The other method is to buy the guidebook in advance from Japan’s domestic bookstore nationwide.
If you want to buy Official Guide Book, please contact Nozomi Co. Ltd.
How to Enjoy
Watching the Garage Kit (Figure)
Garage Kit is not a plastic, ready-made, but a hand-made model. It answers the demand for customized figure that is not on sale in the market. In addition, if there is permission from the dealer, taking pictures is allowed.
Purchasing Garage Kit
Purchasing Garage Kit is one of the ways to enjoy Wonder Festival. However, if there is a limited edition goods that has high possibility of becoming sold out even in the early morning, we recommend you to stay over a hotel nearby and enter the event as soon as possible (6 A.M.)
There are many cosplayers participating in Wonder Festival. Unlike Comic Market, the policy is more flexible, allowing cosplayer to bring props such as fake sword, model gun, etc. Therefore, it becomes a meeting point for various cosplayers. Regarding photos, if you received permission from the subject, then there is no problem.
Visitor who wished to cosplay at the event should first register at the reception. There you will receive cosplay seal and cautionary note. The location of the changing room is written in the cautionary note. Cosplay is not allowed at the hall where garage kit is sold, but only at the designated place (Free Zone). Moreover, there is a place that cosplayer can keep their luggage with a service fee. One luggage cost 500 yen.
When Should I Go
If you to buy goods, we recommend you to go early in the morning.
But if you only want to see the garage kit and enjoy the atmosphere, going in the afternoon is good well.
JR Keiyo Line Makuhari Station (Walk 7 minutes to the venue)
JR Sobu Line Hongo Station, Keisei Line Hongo Station (15 minutes bus ride to the venue)
From Central Tokyo to Makuhari
Tokyo →JR Keiyo Line (Rapid 30 mins. All-stop train 40 mins) →Makuhari
Yurakucho→Yurakucho Subway Line (12 minutes) →Shin-Kiba→JR Keiyo Line → Makuhari
From Central Tokyo to Hongo Station
Akihabara→JR Sobu Line (40 mins) →Hongo
Ueno→Keisei Line (40 mins) →Hongo
From Airport to Makuhari Messe
Haneda Airport→Limousine Bus (40 mins) →Makuhari
Narita Airport→Limousine Bus (30 mins) →Makuhari
Ticket gate in the station would be crowded, so please buy and charge your IC Card.
Please prepare for a strategy for dealing with heat in the summer and coldness in the winter.
Please wear clothes and shoes that are easy to move around. Please be careful since there are cases where women hurt there feet because of wearing high heel shoes.
The hall is expected to be hot and crowded inside the hall, so please prepare enough water.
Convenience stores around the venue are expected to be crowded so please bring drinks with you before entering the venue.
We arrange tickets on your behalf!
Nozomi Co. Ltd. arranges tickets of various events held in all over Japan on your behalf. It only takes 3 minutes to make a request! It’s Fast・Easy・Convenient, so please use our service.
When making purchasing request to our company, we charge JPY 2000 per ticket as a service fee. Upon making purchasing request, please pay “ticket price + service fee”. If you wished the ticket to be delivered via mail, delivery fee must be paid as well. (Example) Ticket Fee Price x number + JPY 2000 Service Fee + Delivery Fee (We are using Japan Post’s EMS. For the price chart, please click here).
If there is any ticket you want to purchase, please let us know the ticket event’s name and number of ticket, and send us request from the Contact Form page. We will promptly reply back with more details and price estimation.
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