Tokyo Game Show 2018

Photo by Dave Gibson used under Creative Commons.
For a summary of a previous TGS, check out our media day review and pics here: “What to Expect at Tokyo Game Show 2015”

The Tokyo Game Show remains one of the top gaming shows in the world. While the first two days of the event are industry and press only, days three and four are open to the sweaty masses.

The show is on a huge scale with booths from all the major game publishers, console makers and mobile gaming platforms with a few indies and international booths thrown in as well.

If you want to play some of the new games, you’ll need to turn up early (the more fanatical mill around the station area all night and then queue up from 5am) and know exactly where you’re going when you get inside. The queues at the entrance ease up around noon, so if you turn up before that, bring liquid refreshment and a hat as the weather in this part of Japan is still hot in September.

If you’re not into waiting in line at the booths for hours, there is plenty of other entertainment—including one of the biggest gathering of cos-players around. There is also a dedicated area for families with small children.

Cheapo Pro-tip: Pre-purchasing your ticket from a convenience store or online direct from the organisers will save you 200 yen and you don’t need to queue to purchase tickets at the gate (you still have to queue, just not for purchasing tickets).

The 2015 edition of TGS was the first to occupy all 11 halls at Makuhari Messe, with a record 1,904 booths and 268,446 attendees. 2016’s estimates included 2000 booths and 230,000 visitors. Be warned, if you don’t like (at times) intensely crowded places, you may not enjoy the public days at TGS.

Venue: Makuhari Messe
Advance sales: ¥1,000
On the door: ¥1,200
Typical weather at this time
High: 26 ℃Low: 20 ℃
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Closest station(s): Kaihin-Makuhari
We do our best to make sure event info is correct. However, all event details are subject to change.

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One Response to “Tokyo Game Show 2018”

  1. Luis Guerrero

    Hi!, You have a great site, I read it very often since I’m a newby living in Japan, I’m very interested in this game show, when are they starting to sell the tickets for visitors in pre-buying?, which convenience store will sell them? Thanks.

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