How to use Lawson's Loppi Machine

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Step One

The first thing you want to do to save yourself some hassle is look up the Lawson 'code' number assigned to the show. I recommend finding this before you go to the store - it's usually displayed on the band/musician's website or on fliers/advertisements for the concert; it should be below the date, time and venue information, listed as " L コド " (L code). If you can't find it on the group's OHP, you can search for it on Lawson's ticketing website (here: ). Just make sure to input the name of the group exactly the way the musician writes it into the search bar (ie, if it's usually written in kanji/katakana/hiragana/romaji, use that form.) If there are multiple shows on the tour you're interested in and you don't know the kanji for the venue you want to attend, just check the date. The L code number will be listed on the page for the show.

Step Two

If you haven't already noticed it, the Loppi machine is usually in the corner of the store on the register side, near the ATM machine. Something to note - not all Lawson's have Loppi machines, but most of them do. If no one's used the machine in a while, it will be in screen saver mode (looping some advertisement or other); just touch the screen to 'wake it up.' On the main menu, select the button with the picture of a ticket on it (I think it's the first button on the right hand side of the screen, but all of them have picture icons so you should be able to find it without any trouble.) A sub menu of buttons will appear on the right-hand side of the screen; touch the first (top) one.

Step Three

A new sub menu will come up in the same place. Touch the first (top) button again. At this stage, it will ask you for the L code number. Punch it in and hit the 'enter' button (bottom right). This will bring up the show information for the code number you've entered. Make sure you double check that it's the right one. Below the general show information is a space for you to select how many tickets you wish to purchase; the counter is automatically set to 0, so you'll have to hit the 'up' arrow even if you only want one. Hit the enter button again (furthest button on the right, at the bottom - I think.) It'll ask you for confirmation on your order; click 'yes' (I think these buttons have a circle for 'yes' and an x for 'no', if you're worried about hitting the wrong one.) Next, I believe it asks you if you have a Lawson credit card. Hit 'no' (いいえ). Then it will ask you for your phone number. Keitai numbers are fine; they just want contact info for you in case the show's canceled or something.

If, after you input the number of tickets, you get an error message, this means that the tickets have been sold out. However, you can try refreshing to see if you can proceed.

Step Four

Finally, you'll be asked to give your name. This part's kind of a pain; it's definitely not designed to accommodate foreign names. You'll need to type your last name and first name in Hiragana first. There's a button you can press to the right of the entry field to get it to automatically convert to Katakana below - you might have to play with this, I always screw up the order of them the first time because I'm too lazy to actually try and read them. I believe the first button is 'backspace', the second one is 'space', and the third is the 'convert to katakana' button, but don't quote me on that. Anyway, once both fields are filled out, hit the enter key (bottom right again.)

Step Five

At this stage, the Loppi machine will print out a receipt for you. All you have to do now is take the receipt to the front desk, pay the cashier, and then he/she will print out the ticket(s) for you.


Two other random things: Loppi tickets go on sale at 10am on the release date, so don't try getting them earlier ;) Also, tickets in Japan are assigned via a random lottery system - so you don't have to worry about being the first person there in the morning, unless you're concerned about the show selling out. (The lottery system is something of a blessing and a curse; it means - generally - that the fan club can't swipe all the good seats, but it also means that you could be the first person to buy a ticket and still have the worst seat in the house.)