The enormously popular Tokyo Comic Con has now sprouted a version for all the comic and celebrity fans of West Japan. While the Tokyo event happens in early winter, the Osaka version happens in spring at Intex Osaka.
While Japan has manga and anime festivals, the emphasis is on the authors and artists. Comic Cons have a bigger emphasis on movie stars and of course western franchises — like Star Wars and the Marvel Universe. Nonetheless, one thing they have in common is a love of cosplay, so expect lots of dress-up — -likely with a focus on Western movie characters rather than Japanese ones.
What celebrities will be there?
For 2023, you can expect Orlando Bloom, Milly Bobby Brown, Micheal Rooker, Misha Collins, Mads Mikkelsen, and more.
There is a range of tickets. A three-day ticket costs ¥6,900, which is a great saving as each individual day costs ¥3,500.
As is normal for these types of events, cosplayers are a big part of the festivities. You will need to pay ¥1,500 on top of your admission ticket and ¥2,500 if you want to enter early from 8 a.m. Both tickets give you access to the changing room and cloakroom. You can also just pay ¥500 to use luggage storage. Buy tickets online or on the day.Organizers may cancel events, alter schedules, or change admission requirements without notice. Always check official sites before heading to an event.