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What's a good way to buy Japanese baseball tickets from the US?

I'm trying to get tickets to the 4/13 Tigers game at Koshien stadium in Osaka. I can read Japanese, and would love to buy from the Tigers' website, but their vendors can only mail to Japanese addresses.

So far my only bet is this guy, who buys tickets and delivers them to your hotel. The downside is that he charges $60 extra per order, and you can't choose your seat section; you can only choose between "good", "better", and "best" seats.

Are there other options?

For example: could I just order from the Tigers' website and have them deliver to my hotel, 3 weeks before I get there? Or do hotels not do that?

Any suggestions would be most appreciated.

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Don't they have a "will call" option? –  littleadv Mar 24 '12 at 20:58
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Unfortunately no. Online sales are handled exclusively through resellers, who either mail them to you, or have you pick them up at convenience stores: "チケットの引取はサークルK・サンクス、チケットぴあ店舗のみとなります" / "Ticket pickup is limited to Circle K, Thanks, and TicketPia stores". From: hanshin.co.jp/koshien/ticket/regular.html –  SuperElectric Mar 24 '12 at 22:50

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The quick google of the subject yields:

Apparently the one you mentioned and the one I listed first are the only 2 selling Japanese baseball tickets in the US.

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It turns out that hotels are happy to receive mail for you before you arrive, provided you give them a heads-up first. I just bought my tickets from the Tigers' website, and had them send it to my hotel. I added my arrival date to the address, as "Lastname樣 (4月8日宿泊)". The hotel got it fine.

I did have to provide a Japanese phone number to the ticket purchasing website. My Japanese Skype number wasn't accepted (maybe because it has an area code specific to VoIP numbers). I used my friends' number, but I imagine you could just use your hotel's number; it's not like they got a call.

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