Ticketing 2024

WMDF is sponsored by audience members. The Festival’s financial resources come from subsidies, advertising sponsorship, sales of drinks and merchandise, as well as admission passes, or ‘citizen sponsorship’.

The ticketing system has been overhauled for 2024, with the new:
– all-digital 7-day Sponsor Pass
– advance coupons for 1-Day Passes

These provide access for one adult to the Motomachi Park site (non-transferrable). Take advantage of the big discounts for early purchase!

Fan Club members can pick up their allocations directly at the venue.

We are family friendly: from 2017, we have offered the free “Genki Pass” at the gate for visitors high school age and below.

We aim to secure stable and independent financial resources, while ensuring that the burden is not disproportionately placed on audience or town, with the goal of running smoothly until the 999th edition. We ask for your understanding and cooperation!

7-day Sponsor passes offer some benefits around Motomachi Park or in town.

ServiceBenefitDetails
WMDF BarY100 off Alcoholic drinks
WMDF ShopReductions WMDF-produced goods
Moo Moo taxi5% reduction From Aug1 ~ Aug 12

Purchasing:

7-Day Sponsor Pass

1-Day Pass Coupns

Coupon System: Please bring your coupon to Motomachi Park at any time between Aug 5 and Aug 9. You will receive your wristband pass and be able to enter the park.

No Pass Required:  performances at the Eudora Stage, and  the Waku Waku Festival in the Perry Hiroba (Flare Area, Sat & Sun).

Refunds Policy: Outdoor stages may be cancelled in the event of adverse weather. Announcement will be made on this web site. Please understand that there are no refunds offered in the case of unexpected cancellation.

Pass Rules: Any purchase is for the attendance of one individual at our event. Passes are not transferrable or shareable.

Park Capacity: In the interests of site safety, entry with One Day Pass vouchers may be restricted during crowded times.

Important Information for WMDF-goers

Festival Etiquette

We are looking forward to welcoming many people to our event. To promote a happy and successful Festival we hope that WMDF-goers will keep in mind:

  • We encourage walking, cycling, or the use of public transport wherever possible.
  • Please, if you drink, don’t drive.
  • We ask you to consider the lines of sight of those around you when taking spaces in the crowd, when using parasols/sunshades/umbrellas, or when carrying children on shoulders. The D in WMDF stands for Dance, so expect that people will sometimes be on their feet. The best place to remain seated is always around the rear and sides of the audience area.
  • WMDF is in principle a smoke-free event. However, there will be some clearly marked smoking areas. If you smoke in these areas, please respect the crowd around you, and dispose of cigarette butts properly.
  • WMDF is staffed by a team of friendly volunteers who are there to help, but please remember that they cannot know every detail of the event and may need to check things occasionally or refer to someone else.

Conditions of Purchase/Entry

We are grateful to everyone who supports our event, especially those who are mindful of the conditions:

  • In 2011, we introduced our “Open Japan” policy to help show the world that the country was recovering from the Great Tohoku Earthquake. We are continuing this policy of encouraging audience members to photograph and video outdoor stage events, and to post online to show to the world. If you like, you can use the hash tag #wmdf. Please be considerate of others when taking pictures and observe the following common sense rules: make sure that no pathways around the stages are obstructed, do not use tripods, as they will affect the view of others, and no flash photography directed at the stage, as it distracts artists and can be dangerous. For videos, we ask audience members to display common sense: we think that around one minute is a fair length to record, and our staff will ask people obviously making recordings longer than this to stop. In general, WMDF reserves on behalf of the artists the exclusive copyright for all photographs and recordings made at any venue, and the above permission to record and use images of stage events excludes any usage that leads to profit-making.
  • For any performance with a no photography policy (still/video) this will be clearly clearly announced and signposted. Anyone seen recording at such performance without permission may have equipment confiscated.
  • No person shall interfere with plants, water fixtures, or any other installation at any of the venues.
  • No unauthorised busking or performing, flyering or pamphleting, or promotion or distribution of goods or brands other than those of WMDF sponsors.
  • There will be no refunds given for lost tickets, for stage cancellations caused by bad weather, or for advance purchase evidence presented after the last day of the event.
  • WMDF events (including “colour” such as audience participation) will be archived by accredited camera crews and photographers. Please be aware that images obtained in this way may be used by WMDF for publicity purposes (both online and in mainstream media). Attendance at any WMDF event indicates acceptance of the “fair use” of your personal image in this way. The entry point for any query about the use of images is email to wmdf.org, user name wmdf.

Lost & Found

In the “Big Here”, things get lost. Our advice is:

  • Please look after your valuables, but if you do lose something, check if it has been handed in at the main reception area of your event. Items unclaimed will be held at the Festival Office in the Machi-Tsukuri Center until 31 Aug (call 0138-23-8560), and then sent to the West Police Station (nishi keisatsu-sho) (call 0138-42-0110).
  • Sometimes groups may be separated. We recommend you organise to meet with children at the main reception area of your event if you do lose each other. If a lost child arrives at the main reception area, our staff will alert festival security.

We wish you all a big, long WMDF.

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