Going to Japan Expo Sud
Japan Expo Sud is located at Marseille Chanot - Palais des congrès et des expositions, Rond-Point du Prado, 13 008 Marseille, France.
Located 30 minutes away from the airport and 10 minutes from the train station, the festival is very easy to access by bus or metro: stop at Rond-Point du Prado. Click here to find your way and which lines to take.
If your driving to the exhibition center, you can find which roads to take on this page. You can park at Marseille Chanot: €5 to €6 per day.
Click here for more about directions and access to Marseille Chanot
Where to buy tickets
Enjoy one more hour of the festival when buying presale tickets: the doors will open at 9.00 am for you, instead of 10.00 am for those who have to buy tickets at the cashiers.
Preasale tickets are available on our website by clicking here, and in Fnac and Ticketmaster. Tickets are available in presale until the day before the festival, on Thursday, Feb. 18, 2016 at 11:59 pm.
Click here for more information about ticketing.
Tickets will be available from the festival registers at 10:00 am.
CLICK HERE TO BUY YOUR TICKETS ON OUR WEBSITE
Lines & ticketing
After security check, attendees are split in 3 lines whether they have a ticket or not:
- One for attendees with Zen Tickets, who enter first, from 8.50 am
- One for attendees with regular tickets (presale or bought on site the day before) who can enter from 9.00 am on
- One for people without tickets who are brought to the cashiers from 10.00 am on
For priority people (disabled or families with young kids), there is a dedicated entrance. Click here for more information.
Watch out for opening hours!! It’s no use coming at 6 in the morning and wait for several hours.
Lines are set in the outside. Have a look at the weather forecast before coming and take an umbrella if it’s likely to rain or a cap if it’s sunny!
Cash desks & means of payment on site
Attention, notes over €50 are forbidden. In order to save some time, please prepare the exact change before you get to the cash desks.
- Credit cards
Credit cards are accepted, at specific cash desks only.
Checks are no more accepted: you can pay with cash or credit cards only.
There is an ATM at Japan Expo Sud.
Please plan to bring enough cash before your arrival at the festival, because very few exhibitors accept credit cards, and ATMs will most likely be crowded. Thinking ahead of what you will need means not having to worry about any of it during your visit at the festival.
Since any exit is definitive, make sure you don’t forget anything before getting in!!
There are bag checks where you can leave personal items: €2 per item.
Cosplay changing facilities
Changing facilities are available for all the cosplayers:
- Rooms meant for those who parade on stage
- Rooms for all the other cosplayers, who parade in the alleys
Due to the security level (Vigipirate) in France at the moment, special measures are planned for the duration of the festival. Security guards will be present around and inside the buildings. At the entrance, your belongings will be searched and there will be palpations realized by security guards. Anyone refusing the search will be denied the access to the festival Japan Expo Sud, even if he or she owns an entrance ticket.
The festival still has strict rules about weapons, according to the French law: carrying any kind of weapon replica is strictly prohibited in the alleys of the festival, unless it is made of non-dangerous materials, such as foam-type padding, cardboard, worbla, or lightweight wood. This rule applies all the attendees, including cosplayers. Weapon replicas (including katana), even if they are not sharpened, must remain decorative objects not intended to be used as toys. The attendees are invited to leave such items at home, otherwise they will be confiscated by security and will not be given back.
- Bokken are forbidden, and any replica of a blunt object (like baseball bats) must be made of lightweight material.
- Airsoft-like weapons are also forbidden, as well as any military, police, SWAT, or other response team costumes.
- Nerf-like weapons are allowed at the festival but without ammunition. Bows are allowed if they are made of lightweight wood or other lightweight material, and the arrows must be without tips. The string must be loose.
- Avoid any metal cutlery and prefer plastic forks and knives, or chopsticks. Pocket knives and other sharp objects are also forbidden.
Anyone trying to enter the precincts of the festival with a non-authorized weapon will immediately be sent out of the festival by security.
We remind you that those rules apply to all the attendees, with no exception and including cosplayers. Concerning cosplayers entering the contests, more information is available from the Cosplayforum and questions can be addressed to the cosplay team on www.facebook.com/epicassociation.
Foods & drinks
There are several restaurants at Japan Expo, whether you’d like to have a typical Japanese meal or to have something to eat on the run, to go back as soon as possible to the festival’s events and activities: more about the restaurants on this page!
Yet, you should know that they are often crowded and the lines can be long. You can also bring your own food.
Don't forget to bring water and to drink regularly to keep hydrating yourself!
Children under 6 get in for free.
A nursery with tables and a microwave are available for parents, where they can take care of their babies.
Lost children and their parents meet at the Information Desk (Point info) of the festival.
Always keep an eye on your children: Japan Expo is often crowded and it's very easy to lose the people with whom you've come.
Children should always have the phone number of the person in charge of them at the festival, so that they can be contacted in case children get lost. For the youngest ones, you can write down the number on their forearm.
Animals are forbidden at the festival: this way, you avoid a stressful day to your pets!
In case of faintness or any other medical problem, please contact the medical service, whose number is available on the festival map, or warn a member of the staff (with a red jacket).
Lost & found
During the festival, found objects are brought back to the information desk (Point info), which keeps them until the end of the festival. We also keep everything found at the festival after its closure, to allow you to get them back.
You just have to send us an e-mail with a precise description of the object you have lost, so that we can identify it. Then we'll get back to you. Send your e-mail to the following address: email@example.com.