Japan Expo 2018 at Paris-Nord Villepinte Parc des Expos, the program

Note that Japan Expo will be held from July 5 to 8, 2018 at Paris-Nord Villepinte Parc des Expositions! For its 19th edition, the biggest festival of Japanese culture and leisure makes a strong comeback. This year, still as many animations, still as many guests from the musical, manga and video games stages, and of course cosplay shows.

The Japan Expo is the largest Japanese culture and hobby festival and it’s here again this year! Manga enthusiasts, martial arts fans, gamers or japanese animes lovers, come experience this incredible event at the Parc des Expos de Paris-Nord Villepinte from July 5 to 8, 2018.

This year, the show has a special feature since this year, we celebrate the 160th anniversary of the diplomatic relationships between France and Japan. An anniversary promoted by Japonisme 2018 that also marks 150 years of the beginning of the Meiji era.

From Manga to J-Music, from Cosplay shows to martial arts, from cooking to fashion, the show approaches the traditional Japanese culture as much as the contemporary pop culture. We meet the irresistible guests from the Japanese stage, around a thematic: Space Opera.

  • Mangaka Buichi Terasawa, guest of honor of this 19th edition and creator of Space Adventure Cobra. An exhibition, At the borders of imagination, is devoted to him especially on the occasion.

  • Host Toshihiro Kawamoto and chara-designer of Mobile Suit Gundam 0083: Stardust Memory and even Cowboy Beebop. He’s accompanied by director Masahiko Minami.

  • Scriptwriter Keiko Nobumoto who worked on Cowboy Beebop who comes to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the series along with moviemaker Shinichiro Watanabe.

  • Chizuru Kobayashi, chara-designer on Pandora Hearts and even animation manager on Broken Blade. She’s accompanied by Takumo Norita, chara-designer on Broken Blade, Mega Man and even Pandora Hearts. And many other guests…

In addition to meet artists, you can buy manga, costumes, katanas and other video games, you can also plan your vacations to Japan, attend big meetings and conferences and thousands of other activities:

  • Cosplay
  • Concerts (Akara, Aki Hiroshima Busho Tai, Kaien, etc.)
  • Karaoke contest
  • Video game contest
  • Martial art initiations
  • Cooking classes
  • Japanese drums concerts and Shamisen

Shows (Satsumasendai Odori-Daiko, Takarabune, Yosakoi European sHow, Kirie, etc.)

With over 600 hours of scheduled events and activities, it’s easier to understand how 240,000 visitors come to the Japan Expo every year!

You can also download the Japan Expo app so that you can already plan your schedule and mark the meetings you don’t want to miss. Everything is planned so that you can enjoy each and every hour of these programmed events.

The best of Japan and Japanese representatives in France come together for 4 days of festivities, because Japan Expo is not just an expo but a real party!

Laurent P.
Last updated on 6 July 2018

Practical information

Opening Time
From 5 July 2018 to 8 July 2018



    ZAC Paris Nord 2
    93420 Villepinte

    billet vendredi: 12 €
    billet jeudi et dimanche: 17 €
    billet vendredi et dimanche: 17 €
    billet samedi: 22 €
    Pass 4 jours: 56 €

    Recommended age
    From 10 to 100 years old

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    Ouvert de 10h à 18h

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