An item on my bucketlist is visiting Japan, and I am seriously considering doing this this winter. Specifically I want to go over new years because I want to visit Comiket once, not to buy porn but just to take in the whole atmosphere of this mad event (and yes, I imagine it will be miserable). Winter Comiket 2017 is from December 29th to the 31st this year. Over new years would also give me the ability to attend the NJPW January 4th Dome Show A.K.A. WrestleKingdom 12 as well as New Year Dash which is held the following day at Korakuen Hall (which many of you will know from Hajime no Ippo).
I know a very tiny bit of japanese from my previous forays into trying to learn some of the language. I will try to improve on this. I also have friends who have previously been there (one of them will start a student exchange program in Japan next week), but why not ask the friends here in the forum what to know and do when in Japan.
As you can tell from the above I plan to mostly stay in the Tokyo metropolitan area but there are a couple of days in between the events I want to go to see at least a little bit of the countryside as well. Last I heard the JR railway pass was surprisingly cheap for foreigners when considering you could go anywhere within the country with it, but I wonder if that would even be necessary. For plane tickets I have seen from Vienna at about 650-700 euro at the cheapest, but this also includes using different companies to travel in either direction. Are there specific airlines to avoid going to Tokyo? And what is the best option for accomodations (hotel, ryokan, AirBnB)?
Any information would be greatly appreciated.