The Tokyo Game Show is Japan’s largest annual gaming event. Attendance in 2016 was 271,224. The first two days of the show are only open to industry and media while the final two days are open to the general public. Crowds on the public days are enormous.
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Game publishers invest huge resources into their booths. This year will see all the major publishers and console companies in attendance including the likes of Sony, Nintendo, Sega, Capcom, Square Enix, Bandai Namco and Konami. There is also a strong mobile gaming and indie presence. The 2016 event hosted 614 exhibitors from 36 countries.
The event is also famous for the hundreds of cosplayers and thousands of camera toting fans who turn up on the public days. The cosplayers congregate just outside Hall 9. If you plan to cosplay on the day, the usual practice in Japan is to get changed after you arrive. In reality, most cosplayers ignore this rule.
We recommend turning up early and bringing plenty of water as the event can get very hot and crowded. In particular, the pedestrian overbridge connecting halls 1 to 8 with halls 9 to 11 can get extremely crowded in the afternoon.
Here are some pics from the 2015 Tokyo Game Show
|Event date||Sep 21st – 24th, 2017|
|Event time||10:00 ~ 18:00|
Same day: 1,200yen
|Recommended hotel||APA Hotel & Resort Tokyo Bay Makuhari|
|Organizer||Computer Entertainment Association|
|Type||Entertainment, game, Business, Lifestyle|