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Do you know about the biggest anime and doujin event in Japan? We called it Comic Market!!! The best and most popular event in Japan! Comic Market are held in Tokyo Big Sight every twice a year (August & December). If you are coming at this season, You have to join this event!!! There are many things you should know about this event so I'll tell you guys here! (I have join this event more than 10 times hehe)

You can also check other event at event calendar.

Where this event are held

Basic information of Comic Market

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Comic Market (Comiket) is the world's largest doujinshi fair. Depending on the number of times it has been held, it is also abbreviated as C104, such as in the upcoming summer of 2024. Comiket takes place twice a year, in summer (Obon) and winter (year-end), and this summer, it will be held on August 11 (Sunday, public holiday) and August 12 (Monday, substitute holiday) in 2024.

This edition of C104 is likely to have a system similar to C103, so users with morning wristbands or early tickets should either line up early in the morning (around 6:00 AM) or take a train arriving at the International Exhibition Hall station a few minutes before the recommended arrival time. Otherwise, they may not be at the front of the line and might miss out on desired items.

Additionally, based on the penalties imposed on the early arrivals during the winter 2023 event, it is recommended to arrive at the ticket time. (There is time you should arrive written in comiket ticket) (People who arrived earlier than the ticket time last winter were made to line up behind those who arrived at the ticket time – a phenomenon unprecedented in Comiket history.) This penalty is attributed in part to the mistakes of the guides, and further information from the Comiket committee will be provided as it becomes available, although information for the summer event is still limited. Comments are allowed at the bottom of this page, so feel free to share your opinions.

Furthermore, all ticket information below is from the winter of 2023, so it will be updated as new information becomes available (as of 2024/01/12). Please skip to this section for more 2024 details.

Ticket for Comic Market


In C103, some of tickets were wristband partially. There were 4 types of wristbands and tickets. Early Entry tickets, Cosplay Early Entry tickets, AM Entry wristbands / tickets, PM Entry wristbands. For C103, it is not decided yet. Ticket information will be coming up on November.
There were 2 areas for early tickets in C103. East tickets and South & West Tickets. You can move south, west, or east once you enter first, just the first entrance is different. But if there is something you want to buy first, buy that direction. Choose the area you interested from list of categories bellow (all information is from Official website in C103.)

DAY 1

Doujinshi

Anime (Other, Shoujo)

DAY 1

Doujinshi

Girls and Panzer, Gundam, TIGER & BUNNY

DAY 1

Doujinshi

Novels, Shounen, Shoujo, Seinen, Jump, and others

DAY 1

Accessories

Original Accessories

DAY 1

TV

TV, Movies, Tokusatsu

DAY 1

Doujinshi

BL

DAY 2

Doujinshi

Original for male (Including R18)

DAY 2

Doujinshi&Game

Doujin Software, Gal Games

DAY 2

Doujinshi

Trains, Travel, Military

DAY 1

Doujinshi

Uma Musume, Kantai Collection, Azur Lane

DAY 1

Game

Mobile Games, TCG, RPG, Romance, Others

DAY 1

Doujinshi

Touken Ranbu, Square Enix, TYPE-MOON

DAY 1

Digital

Hatsune Miku, Doujin Music, video works, and more

DAY 1

Doujinshi

Vtuber (Nijisanji, Hololive, and more)

DAY 2

Doujinshi

Original Including R18

DAY 2

Doujinshi

Criticism+Info Doujinshi

DAY 2

Doujinshi

Love Live, The idolm@ster

DAY 2

Doujinshi&ROM

Cosplay

DAY 1

Doujinshi

Blue Archive

DAY 1

Doujinshi

Mobile Game (Project Sekai, Genshin, Others)

DAY 2

Doujinshi

Original Shounen, Shoujo

DAY 2

Doujinshi

Original Novels

DAY 2

Doujinshi&Game

Touhou Project

DAY 1&2

Official

Company Stores & Booth
Companies scheduled to participate are Here. (Need Login)



IF YOU HAVE SOMETHING YOU REALLY WANT TO BUY GO TO TOKYO BIG SIGHT VERY EARLY LIKE 5AM. If there's any update for C103, we'll update as soon as possible

Early tickets (Already finished)


Early Entry tickets is a tickets that you can enter from 10:30. It is the most expensive ticket of 4 types but, if you have the thing that you wanted, we recommend buying Early Entry tickets. Tickets will be exchanged for wristbands at the admission desk. Those who wants to cosplay can register (¥500) in the changing rooms on the day of the event. Also, Ticket Pay currently (As of Nov 13rd) supports non-Japanese phone numbers for registration1(list is in below).

Availability : lottery only (via Ticket pay)
Lottery applications : Nov 14th 13:00 ~ Nov 20th
Results announcement : Nov 24th (payment and ticketing is until Dec 29th)
Ticketing location : FamilyMart, multi-copy machines
Price : ¥5,000 + ¥330 (interest)
Entry reception : 8:00~10:00
Entry starts : 10:30


Cosplay Early tickets (Already finished)


Cosplay Early Entry tickets is a tickets that you can cosplay from the time entry starts. You can use the Changing Room after 09:30. You cannot leave South Halls 1 and 2 until 11:00, but you can take cosplay photos in the South Hall 1 & 2 until 11:00. You can also use the changing rooms in the East Hall when you're going home. Tickets will be exchanged for wristbands at the entry reception. Also, Ticket Pay currently supports non-Japanese phone numbers for registration (As of Nov 13rd)1(list is in below)

Availability : lottery only (via Ticket pay)
Lottery applications : Nov 14th 13:00 ~ Nov 20th
Results announcement : Nov 24th (payment and ticketing is until Dec 29th)
Ticketing location : FamilyMart, multi-copy machines
Price : ¥3,000 + ¥330 (interest)
Entry reception : 9:00~
Changing room opens : 9:30~
Entry starts : 11:00


AM Entry wristbands


AM Entry wristbands is a wristband that allows you to enter at 11am. This is recommended for those who missed the Early Entry tickets or don't want to spend that much money on tickets or wristbands. They can buy one from some shops, such as Animate and more2. If you are outside Japan and difficult to get wristbands, you can buy e-tickets from eplus. Those who wants to cosplay can register (¥500) in the changing rooms on the day of the event.

Availability : At shop (booth)2, e-tickets3
Sales starts : Dec 9th~(Numbers are limited)
Prices : ¥1,210 + (interest for e-tickets)
Entry reception:None
Entry starts : 11:00
Only one kind of Ticket. No Specific Area ticket like Early one.

Buy day1(12/30) wristband from here!!
Buy day2(12/31) wristband from here!!

For those living abroad, apply from here (eplus) !!
(There's no information coming yet from official)

PM Entry wristbands


PM Entry wristbands is for those who want to relax, see the atmosphere of the venue, cosplay and handmade accessories. They can buy one from some shops, such as Animate and more 2. You better buy a wristband before Comic Market starts because of the wristband price at the venue (Almost double as buying it at shops). Those who wants to cosplay can register(¥500) in the changing rooms on the day of the event.

Availability : At shop (booth)2, at venue
Sales starts : Dec 9th~(Numbers are limited)
Prices : ¥440(at shops), ¥1000(at venue)
Entry reception:None
Entry starts : 12:30
Only one kind of Ticket. No Specific Area ticket like Early one.

Buy day1(12/30) wristband from here!!
Buy day2(12/31) wristband from here!!

Note

1. You can apply ticket using a phone number from the list of countries below at Ticket Pay.

United States, Canada, Netherlands, Belgium, France, Spain, Italy, Finland, Switzerland, Austria, United Kingdom, Germany, Mexico, Brazil, Malaysia, Australia, Thailand, South Korea, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, India, Myanmar.

2. You can purchase from the following stores!! Online shopping is also available, so please check it out!!

Animate in Japan (+International stores in Korea, Taiwan, and Thailand)
Toranoana (Ikebukuro store, Toranoana satellite stores and Taipei)
Melonbooks

3. e-tickets (eplus) is for people who are outside of Japan. Apply from here (eplus) !!


Transportation & Hotel For Comic Market


This section explains the major transportations and accommodation facilities (hotels) nearby that you will be using on the day of the Comiket.

Train


First, about the trains that most people use on the day of the Comic Market. There are three stations close to Tokyo Big Sight, the venue of the Comic Market: Kokusai Tenjijo Station, Tokyo Big Sight Station and Ariake Station, and people basically use one of these three.



Kokusai Tenjijo station(Rinkai Line)
This is the station most people use when it comes to Comic Market, due to its easy access to the JR Yamanote Line, JR Keihin-Tohoku Line, JR Saikyo Line direct connections, JR Keiyo Line and the Tokyo Metro Yurakucho Line. Additionally, during C102, there were reports of attendees joining the front line by arriving at the station around the recommended arrival time (reception time) but, we recommend using the first train instead due to uncertain factors like trains are too crowded. Therefore, if you are beginner, we recommend using Kokusai Tenjijo Station.

Ariake Station(Yurikamome)
One of the station that is close to the Kokusai Tenjijo Station. In the previous C101, the waiting area for East Hall entry was the Symbol Promenade Park Flower Plaza in front of the Tokyo Bay Ariake Washington Hotel. If you exit the station gates and go in the direction of the left exit, 1A or 1B, you can reach Tokyo Big Sight and the Symbol Promenade Park Flower Plaza.

Tokyo Big Sight Station(Yurikamome)
Station closest to Tokyo Big Sight(3-minute walk). You can reach Tokyo Big Sight by going to South Exit 2A or 2B.


Bus


There are several bus stops near Comic Market venue where people can take buses to Tokyo Big Sight. Some express buses also go from Osaka and other cities to bus stops near Tokyo Big Sight. You can also check the boarding and alighting points for each bus stop on the map below. (Extra buses will be available on the day of Comic Market. We will update this page as soon as the information has been updated).



BRT
Buses run between Shimbashi Station and Tokyo Teleport Station. Bus stops are located at the rotary in front of Kokusai-Tenjijo Station. Official route maps and timetables are available here!!

Toei Bus
There are five bus routes available for boarding and alighting near Tokyo Big Sight: 都05-2, 東16系統, 門19, 急行05 and 急行06 which run only on weekends and public holidays. Additionally, on the day of Comic Market, special buses will be available from Tokyo Station Yaesu Exit Bus Stop No. 10 between 7:00 and 11:20.

Official route maps and timetables are below!!
都05-2 (Tokyo Station Marunouchi South Exit ~ Tokyo Big Sight)
東 16 (Tokyo Station Yaesu Exit ~ Tokyo Big Sight)
門 19 (Monzen Nakacho Station ~ Tokyo Big Sight)
急行05 (Kinshicho Station ~ Nippon Kagaku Miraikan, only on weekends and holiday)
急行06 (Morishita station ~ Nippon Kagaku Miraikan, only on weekends and holiday)

JR bus kanto
There are two types of express buses operated by JR, one running between Tokyo Station and Tokyo Port Ferry Terminal and the other running from Sannomiya Bus Terminal (Hyogo) - Osaka Station JR Express Bus Terminal - JR Nara Station - JR Kyoto Station - Shinkiba Station: Seishun Eco-Dream and Grand Dream.

Official Tokyo Station and Tokyo Port Ferry Terminal route maps and timetables are here!!
Tokyo route maps and timetables of Seishun Eco-Dream and Grand Dream are here!!



Other Transportation


Taxi
Compared to buses and trains, Taxi is considerably convenient as it provides comfort and is not restricted by the first train schedule, among other factors. However, taxis in Japan are expensive and are not recommended by the committee. If you don't have a local phone number in Japan, consider arranging taxis through your hotel's front desk or a taxi-hailing app.

Water bus
Recommended for those who want to use a different transportation option to the others. There is a water bus service by TOKYO CRUISE near Tokyo Big Sight, but unfortunately it is not operating.

IC card
IC cards such as Suica, Pasmo and etc for buses and trains. It is so crowded on the day of Comic Market that you don't have time to buy tickets. We recommend to charge about ¥2,000.


Hotel around Comic Market Venue


We will introduce hotels around the venue.



The map and list above is a map of all the hotels in Ariake. Regarding hotel accommodation costs, the dates of Comic Market are during Japan's holiday period, and accommodation facilities prices are increasing all over the place. Therefore, the hotels listed above are particularly expensive due to their location, and even at the moment (as of Jun 30th), if you stay three days from 11 Aug, it will cost at least ¥23,000 per room and per day. If you want to save money, we recommend using a hotel or capsule hotel outside Ariake (Tokyo Ariake BAY is already booked up...) or an internet cafe (the closest one to the venue is Aplecio Urban Dock Lalaport Toyosu).


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Reading, making maps and Find Doujinshi you want to buy in Comic Market


The Comic Market venue is so vast and crowded on the day of the event that beginners often get lost. This section explains how to read and make a map.

Check Map and Doujinshi Cricles from Official web Here.(Need Login)

How to read Comic Market Map


When you're looking for circles(people who sell Doujinshi & some stuff), you often see some text like "日曜日(or 日)東タ-22a" This means that

日=Sunday
東=East hall
シ="シ(Shi)" Block
22=22th table

There are two circles in one table so, they separate like a & b. But for popular circles, they use one table.

Check Map, Doujinshi from Official web Here.(You need to register with + login)

In addition, circles and groups located differ by venue (C103)

Circles
Circles will be located in East hall 1~7 and West hall 1&2 .

East A to East シ ("A" to "シ" Block) is East hall 1~3
East ス to East ヲ ("ス" to "ヲ" Block) is East hall 4~6
East a to East w ("a" to "w" Block) is East hall 7
West あ to West ち ("あ" to "ち" Block) is West hall 2 (1st floor of south & west hall)
West つ to west め ("つ" to "め" Block) is West hall 1 (1st floor of south & west hall)


Company booth and store
Company booth were located in West hall 3&4 and South hall 3&4 in C103. Details of company booth is now released as of December 1st. Informations for goodies will be announced later by company.

West hall 3&4 and South hall 3&4 is in 4th floor of south & west hall.


Cosplay
Cosplay area will be located in East hall 7 (only in day2), outside of East hall 8, South hall 1 and Rooftop exhibition area. For changing room, you can use East hall 8 and South hall 2.

South hall 1, East hall 7 is inside the building
Outside east hall 8 and Rooftop exhibition area is in outside
East hall 8 and South hall 2 is changing room.

Circle location : East hall 1~7, West hall 1&2
Company location : West hall 3&4, South hall 3&4
Cosplay Area : South hall 1, East hall 7 (day2), Outside of East hall 8, Rooftop exhibition area
Cosplay changing room : South hall 2, East hall 8

Words for Comic Market (Map ver)


壁サー(Kabe sa-, Wall Circle)
Omission of 壁サークル (Circles located beside the wall). Where famous or popular circles are located. In Comic Market 103, C103, 壁サー is located A,シ&a Block in East hall and あ&め Block in West hall.

シャッター前(shutter mae, Infront of shutter)
Or called シャッター(Shutter). Circles that are more popular than 壁サー. Due to its popularity, there is often a waiting line outside. You can see on the map whether circles are in front of a shutter.

島(Shima or tou, island)
The other name for block. At Comic Market, tables are arranged in a rectangular shape, like islands, which is why they are called 島. 島 is separated by genre.

誕生日席 (Birthday Seat)
Circles that are located at the corner of 島. Some circles that might make long line are located.

Check Map from Official web Here.



It is easy to get lost at your first Comic Market, especially if you are unfamiliar with the area. Also, although you can view the map on your smartphone from the official website, the wifi on the day of the event is poor, so if you are new to Comic Market or don't know much about the area, we strongly recommend you to make your own map. There are three general ways to make a map.

①Get gold membership
The method of becoming a gold membership ( ¥660/month) at the Comic Market Web Catalogue, registering circles you want to visit as favorites and printing them. This method costs money, but you can create and print a map simply by adding the circles you want to visit to your favorites. You can also display circle cuts (illustrations drawn by illustrators) on the map so you can visually understand where they are. This method is highly recommended, especially if you are a first-time participant. Gold membership also allows you to make use of the map on your smartphone (not very useful on the day due to poor wifi). Get gold membership & make Map from official web Here.

②Print blank maps
This is a method of online printing by officials, which may be published later, or printing third-party venue maps and marking them yourself. This also costs money, but may be cheaper than a gold membership.

③Make map inside your brain
This is a method for putting the map in your brain and noting down the location of the circle. This method is for people who know the area or have a good memory. It is not recommended for beginners.


List of my favorite circle from official website.


Making route (and also correction)


You will use a lot of power in Comic Market. Therefore, you better make a route or order of circles you're going to so that you can save your power. For example, you want to go to EastA-66 (highest priority), Eastス-66 (third priority), Westめ-51 (second priority) and Westあ-21 (fourth priority) on Sunday. If you go round like

EastA-66 → Westめ-51 → Eastス-66 → Westあ-21,

you will have to go a very long way round.Therefore, you can efficiently buy doujinshi and other goods by going around in the following order

EastA-66→Eastス-66→Westめ-51→Westあ-21.



Also, you never know what will happen on the day of Comic Market. Therefore, in addition to making the route (the order in which you go around), it is important to correct the route in real time. The following are tips for making and correcting routes.


①Going to the top priority first
Whatever you want most, go for it first.

②Make one way route
It is exhausting and inefficient to create a route that takes you back the way you came, many times (especially as east and south&west are far away from each other). Therefore, it is good to make a route so that, at the end of the day, those entering the east are in the south-west and those entering the south-west are in the east.

③Keep updating information
Circles participating in Comic Market announce their stock status and other information on Twitter. When you have time, like while waiting in line, check it and if it is sold out, correct your map by eliminating it from your route in real time.

④To give up
At Comic Market, inefficiency in register, plus the popularity of circles, can lead to very long lines. Take a look at an example of this: a circle called Takebouki (founder of Type-Moon) in C100. Takebouki was extremely popular, and for some reason there was even a half queue in the whole East Hall when only people with dark tickets (circle tickets sold on the internet) had entered. Therefore, a friend of mine, who started entering at 11:00 and was at the front of the line, was only able to buy a doujinshi at around 14:00, and was unable to buy any popular doujinshis except for Takebouki. As soon as I saw the line, I immediately headed to a different circle. Maybe because of this, I was able to buy almost all doujinshis I wanted, except for Takebouki. Thus, at Comic Market, it is sometimes important to give up and switch to a different circle or route.


Recommended Doujinshi & Goods



What you need for Comic Market


For winter Comic Market you have to bring something to make your self warm. The temperature will be very low. (Under 0 degrees celsius, 32 degrees Fahrenheit) Below is a list of what you need for C103, Comic Market in winter. List below are actually the one we use!

What you need in C103 (Winter)

Others (Advices and more)


About staying up all night
Staying overnight is prohibited for reasons such as health, safety, and avoiding inconvenience to the neighborhood. In the previous C102 event, the number of overnight attendees decreased due to measures like implementing a wristband system. For Early Entry, participants who arrived around the Entry reception time at Kokusai-Tenjijo Station joined the front of the queue. Therefore, if you're reading this article, we recommend to arrive at Kokusai-Tenjijo Station just in time or 5 minutes before the Entry reception time by taking a train, staying at nearby accommodation, or using the first train to avoid staying overnight.

About register
In Comic Market, price of Doujinshi and goods are incremented by ¥500. In addition, most circles do not accept credit cards or digital payments. Therefore, when you participate Comic Market, bring a large amount of 500 yen coins or 1,000 yen bills.

Line end
When you start lining up for the circle, you may be given something that looks like a square board. This represents the end of the line and is passed to the person in line behind you to hold up so that others can see it. By doing this, you let people know where you are at the end of the line. This is often done at 壁サー.

About forming the line
At Comic Market, the line form before entry starts. After the line has formed, you can leave your luggage and other items (as a marker) and go somewhere else. There will also be a piece of paper at the front of the line, asking you to return to the line by a specific time. Those leaving the line to go to the bathrooms or convenience stores should make sure they return by the specific time.
About 1限 (ichi gen)
Some circles are so popular that they set a limit on the number of goods that can be purchased. For 1限 (one limit), you can buy up to one item. For 2限 (two limits), you can buy up to two items. The number of limits is often announced on Twitter or other media during the Comic Market.

About signature
In some circles, artists will sign your doujinshi. Basically, it will be mentioned on Twitter or in the Oshinagaki whether sign is available or not, so please check!

What is Oshinagaki
Oshinagaki is a list of doujinshi & goods that they are going to sell. Some of them include whether they can sign or have the number of limits on goods and doujinshi.

What is circle cut
In comic Market, they set something like icon (Picture drawn bt illustrator) . That is called circle cut.

About convenience store
On Comic Market Day, the Lawson Kokusai Tenjijo shop is so crowded that it has the highest sales in Japan. Convenience stores near Tokyo Big Sight are not as busy, so use them if you have nothing urgent to do.
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