In the last few years, Korean-pop (often shortened to K-pop), has really become a global phenomenon. Unsurprisingly, this music genre has always been popular in Japan given that it feels familiar and shares similarities to its own idol culture. For the most part, after a group has found success in Korea, their next goal is to find success in Japan. That’s why Japan is seen as one of the best places to be a committed K-pop fan as idols often promote themselves here.
If you live in Tokyo or have just moved, you are in luck! It is arguably the best place in Japan to be a committed K-pop fan as most of the concerts and events happen here. In this guide, we will be giving a rundown of the best ways you can be a part of the fandom here.
Join a fan club
K-pop groups and idols often come to Japan for fan signs and tours, especially because many groups have Japanese members. However, getting to go to even just one of these events is not as easy as you may think. Given that Japan has one of the biggest K-pop fanbases in the world, there is stiff competition to try and see your favorite idol or group in person.
If there is a group that you want to see live in Japan, your best bet is to join their official fan club. To join, you will have to pay a membership fee but by doing so, you get several fan benefits such as exclusive merchandise in addition to the chance to get your hands on concert tickets. However, it should be noted that you are not instantly guaranteed tickets by joining the fan club. You are just automatically put into a lottery to win some alongside other hopeful superfans.
Here are some of the biggest K-pop fan clubs in Japan:
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