I like September, because September is the month where Japan held the biggest game event, which is Tokyo Game Show!
I went to Tokyo Game Show 2011, Tokyo Game Show 2012 and Tokyo Game Show 2013.
I went to Tokyo Game Show 2012 with my friends, but I went alone on the other.
For those who didn't know, TGS is separated into 2 Session (each session is 2 day).
The first one is the Business Day, closed for public and can only be enter by those who work on media or business game related. Usually held on the first 2 day.
The next 2 days are the Public Day, as the name indicated, it is open for Public.
For those of you who wants to go to Tokyo Game Show in the upcoming years, I can give you a couple of pointers.
1. Come early.
This is important if you want to come on Public Day.
That's because the line can be very long on Public Day.
Some even starting queue very early in the morning (like 5 - 6 in the morning), even though the door opens at 10.
This is during business day and it keeps on going until outside
2. Prepare drinks
It's going to be VERY crowded inside.
And with a lot of people packed inside, it will become hot and damp.
You can buy drinks inside, but if you want to save money, it'll be better to bring your own.
Vending machine also available inside, usually located on the back, near toilet.
You need to have patience if you go to Tokyo Game Show.
You need to queue for everything, don't cut in between queue, it's basic ethic, really.
When entering, you have to queue.
When you want to try a game, you have to queue.
When you want to buy merchandise, you also have to queue.
4. Free Merchandise
It's true that you can get free merchandise from different Publisher all around the place.
However, sometimes they need to be earn.
To earn it, usually you have to play their game first and they will give it to you when you finish it.
It's best if you try to find publisher who give you a big bag, so you can keep all of your free merchandise inside it.
5. Avoid Merchandise Area
This only apply if you want to save money, if you don't... then go ahead and head to merchandise area. ^-^
There are A LOT of things that can be bought from Merchandise Area and some of them can be quite rare.
Usually, when you enter a merchandise booth, you will be given some kind of form.
Then you will enter a row of display and pick what you like.
There will be the name of the item on the form that you were given, and all you have to do is making a check on the item that you want to buy.
When you finish, just give the form at the cashier and they will get the item that you want.
Otherwise, there will be a lot of item on display and you can just pick them from the shelf.
6. Don't bring too many things
True that you can make use of the locker located on Makuhari Messe or the station.
But it will be filled fast, especially in Public Day.
Locker during Public Day usually being used by cosplayer to keep their stuff.
So better if you travel light, because at the end of the days, your hand will be full with merchandise anyway....
7. Leave early
If you don't want to be caught up in the rush hours, then avoid leaving close to closing hour.
Of course this is depends on you, nothing wrong if you want to stay from opening until closing time.
Just prepare for the rush hour, it can be very crowded on the train and on the bus.