saldiven wrote:Just thought of something else that more experienced travelers could help with: How does one manage getting tickets for this kind of event from overseas?
A bit of chicken-and-egg question, this.
When I did this in January, I was hellbent on seeing them in Japan, regardless of the cost (but within reason).
It was like this for me: Tentative booking of my annual leave --> Get concert tickets --> Buy plane ticket
So, if I failed in getting tickets I could just cancel my leave. I wasn't too bothered in getting the best deal for a flight as I kinda knew I'd probably save a few pounds on the fare if I had booked the ticket any earlier but it wouldn't be that much of a saving.
As for getting the tickets, there are many ways but I will just tell you how I got mine for the Maebashi show (I bought my Tachikawa concert tickets myself from a convenience store in Tokyo).
1. As a backup, I got a deputising service (fdjp.com) to buy me tickets when they were available on the general sale. We cannot choose where we sit and because I kinda bought it late, my seats were way at the back.
2. Here's the thing which you may or may not agree - I still went on to look for tickets but this time from Yahoo! Auctions. For some reason sellers do not tell potential buyers the exact location of the seats, but do give you an idea (eg between rows 12 and 16). At least you can figure out how close you'd be to the stage (it helps if you go to the venue's website and download the seating plan). The closer you are to the stage, the more expensive it'd be. And as this is an auction - there is no real guarantee, so you'd have to judge for yourself how reliable the seller is from the percentage of positive feedbacks they have (just like eBay).
I bought them on Yahoo! too but I couldn't get rid of my tickets from option 1. I could've sold them but I knew no one who was going to the same show.
As you can see, it's how much you're willing to spend on seeing them. The tip on paying a bit more on Yahoo! I got from someone on S-H. If I was gonna spend £550 on a return flight to Tokyo, paying 1000 yen more for a ticket should be worth it.
This is only how I did my ticket purchase, but I hope this helps. It'd be interesting to see how others get theirs. BTW I've not gone into the finer details of buying tickets on Yahoo! Auctions but we'll cross the bridge when we get there.