I'm looking to purchase a ticket for a concert in Japan. The ticket is vended by Pia. For this particular concert, two payment options are offered: Seven-Eleven and Econtext. Both of these appear to require you to physically go to a kiosk in a konbini in Japan and pay for the ticket there. (Well, for Econtext, it says 「コンビニ・Pay-easy対応ATM、ネットバンキング、楽天Edyより各種お支払い方法をご選択いただけます」, but I imagine that transacting via Edy still requires you to be at a physical konbini.)

Since I am not located in Japan, this is something of a problem. I will, obviously, be in Japan around when the concert occurs, so I will have no problem picking up the ticket from a konbini when the time comes, but the payment deadline for the ticket is well before I will be in Japan (I'm preordering).

Is there any way I can pay for my ticket while being physically located outside Japan (specifically, in the US)? I know the language well enough to negotiate Japanese websites and communicate with Japanese people, if necessary.

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    Payment by an NFC card Edy (econtext.jp/support/pia/pay_edy/card_pop.html) does not require you to show at the convenience store, but requires you to have an Edy prepaid card (or a smartphone app) and a card reader or possibly a Japanese PC with an internal one. If out of those payment methods t.pia.jp/guide/payment.jsp a credit card payment is unavailable for your concert, I guess there is no way you can do it outside of Japan.
    – macraf
    Oct 3, 2015 at 22:23
  • @macraf Thanks for the suggestion! I put in an order for an Edy card and an Edy reader, and I'll try them out when they get here. (Unfortunately, this concert doesn't allow credit card as a method of payment.)
    – senshin
    Oct 3, 2015 at 22:39
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    But there is a risk. Edy is generally a prepaid card, so you must somehow charge it. The usual way to do it is ...going to kombini convenience store. You can charge it with a credit card as explained here edy.rakuten.co.jp/howto/card/charge/credit , but only American Express seems to be supported (no VISA or MasterCard). Please check it before you order.
    – macraf
    Oct 3, 2015 at 22:49
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    Are you staying at a hotel? One with a concierge? Or do you have a credit card that includes concierge service? This seems like just the sort of thing they would take care of for you... Oct 25, 2015 at 15:19
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    The lack of an answer to this question is probably because it would be tedious to hunt down references backing an answer of "you can't do that" for all the avalable methods, but it's very probably the correct answer.
    – fkraiem
    Feb 8, 2016 at 18:06

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Use a Japanese concierge service like this one:

Do you need to buy goods from a Pokemon, Disney or other specialist store in Tokyo?

GoodsFromJapan can organize various Japan Concierge services whatever your needs while in Japan or outside the country.


That was the top result on googling 'Japan concierge service' - there seem to be plenty of others available too, although this is the only one I've seen so far that specifically mentions being willing to visit shops on your behalf.

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