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Makuhari Messe International Convention Complex

Makuhari Messe is one of Japan's largest venues for international exhibitions and conferences. Makuhari Messe is wheelchair accessible. Makuhari Messe is located along Tokyo Bay adjacent to Makuhari Marine Park. Nearby attractions include the Tokyo Disney Resort (comprised of DisneyLand and DisneySea, the latter with shows not available elsewhere), the Kasai Aquarium, the Chiba Prefectural Museum of Art (paintings, calligraphy, statues, and ceramics by local artists), the Boso-no-mura (an open-air museum with samurai and farm houses), and the Chiba Marine Baseball Stadium. Public parks along the bay including Mihamaen (Japanese garden) offer relaxing strolls. Makuhari Messe provides convenient access to international travelers: 30 minutes by bus from Narita international airport, and 30 minutes by train from JR Tokyo central station (5-minute walk from Kaihin Makuhari train station). Accommodation is plentiful. Hotels with a variety of room rates are located within a few blocks. For shopping, the Plena Makuhari, the Messe Amuse Mall (one of Japan's largest), the Mitsui Outlet Park, and the AEON supermarket are located at or near the Kaihin Makuhari train station. Makuhari Messe was constructed in 1989 at the core of Makuhari New City, a district within Chiba City. Easy access to downtown Tokyo has enticed major companies such as Sharp, Fujitsu, IBM, Canon, and NTT to relocate.

Climate

Late September is early fall in Chiba and Tokyo. Temperatures range between 19 and 26 degrees Celsius. Layered clothing and rainwear are suggested.

Time Zone

Japan Standard Time (JST) is UTC/GMT +9:00 hours. Japan has no daylight savings time.

Currency

The Japanese currency unit is the yen (JPY). (1 US dollar = 89 yen as of 14 July 2010.) Major credit cards such as VISA, MasterCard, American Express, Diners Club, and JCB are accepted at most hotels and many stores.

Tipping and Tax

There is no tipping in Japan. Customers pay the exact amount that appears on the bill. Japan has a 5% consumer tax nationwide on all goods and services. All published prices (including restaurant menus, taxi fares, supermarket prices) include consumer tax.

Electricity

AC line (mains) voltage is 100 volts nationwide. AC frequency is 50 Hz at Makuhari and the rest of eastern Japan (including Chiba, Tokyo, Yokohama). Western Japan (including Nagoya, Kyoto, Osaka) uses 60 Hz. Power outlets are flat, parallel 2-prongs identical to North America.
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Transportation from Narita Airport

For details, visit: http://www.m-messe.co.jp/en/access/access_public.html
  1. By public transportation
    • i) Narita Airport → (Highway bus, 30 minutes) → Bus stops at hotels near Makuhari Messe Details: http://www.keiseibus.co.jp/pc/kousoku/pdf/day/nrt10_en.pdf
    • ii) Narita Airport/Terminal 2 train station → (Keisei line limited express, 35 minutes)
      • Keisei Tsudanuma station → (Keisei Chiba line, 3 minutes)
      • Keisei Makuhari Hongo station → (Keisei bus, 15 minutes)
      • Bus stops at "Makuhari Messe Chuo", "Town Center", or "Kaihin Makuhari Station."
  2. By car
  3. The following are rough directions. Makuhari Messe is a 30-minute drive from the Narita Airport. Take the Higashi Kanto Expressway. Take the Wangan Chiba exit. Drive 5 minutes to Makuhari Messe.

Transportation from Downtown Tokyo

For details, visit:http://www.m-messe.co.jp/en/access/access_public.html
  1. By public transportation to Kaihin Makuhari JR train station (the nearest station to Makuhari Messe)
    • i) JR Tokyo station → (JR Keiyo line rapid train, 29 minutes) → JR Kaihin Makuhari station
    • ii) JR Hacchobori station (transfer here for the Tokyo Metro Hibiya line) → (JR Keiyo line rapid train, 27 minutes) → JR Kaihin Makuhari station
    • iii) JR Shinkiba station (transfer here for the Tokyo Metro Yurakucho line) → (JR Keiyo line, 21 minutes) → JR Kaihin Makuhari station
    • iv) JR Tokyo station → (JR Sobu line rapid train, 25 minutes) → JR Tsudanuma station → (JR Sobu line, 7 minutes) → JR Makuhari Hogo station → (Keisei bus, 15 minutes) → Bus stops at "Makuhari Messe Chuo", "Town Center", and "Kaihin Makuhari Station."
  2. By car
  3. The following are rough directions. Makuhari Messe is a 40-minute drive from downtown Tokyo or Tokyo International Airport (Haneda). Take either (a) the Higashi Kanto Expressway, and take the Wangan Narashino exit, or (b) take the Keiyo Toll Road, and take the Makuhari exit. From either exit, drive 5 minutes to Makuhari Messe.

Walking Directions from Kaihin Makuhari JR Train Station to Makuhari Messe

Take the station's south exit. Take Kokusai-odori southwest, towards the bay. Walk 5 minutes to Messe-odori. Makuhari Messe is on the southwest corner of Kokusai-odori and Messe-odori.

Major Hotels within Minutes of the Conference Site

  1. Hotel New Otani Makuhari (= Welcome reception place)
  2. 2-120-3, Hibino, Mihama-ku, Chiba-city, Chiba 261-0021, Japan
    Telephone: +81-(0)43-297-7777, Fax: +81-43-297-7788
    http://www.newotani.co.jp/en/makuhari/
  3. Apa Hotel & Resort Tokyo Bay Makuhari (= Banquet place)
  4. 2-3, Hibino, Mihama-ku, Chiba-city, Chiba 261-0021, Japan
    Telephone: +81-(0)43-296-1111
    http://www.tokyobay-makuhari.com/english/
  5. Hotel The Manhattan
  6. 2-10-1 Hibino,Mihama-ku Chiba-shi,Chiba 261-0021 Japan
    Telephone: +81-(0)43-275-1111, Fax: +81-43-275-1197
    http://www.the-manhattan.co.jp/english/
  7. Hotel Francs
  8. 2-10-2 Hibino, Mihama-ku, Chiba City 261-0021, Japan
    Telephone: +81-(0)43-296-2111, Fax: +81-(0)43-296-2120
    http://www.francs.co.jp/e/

Links

  1. The Makuhari Messe International Complex
    http://www.m-messe.co.jp/en/index.html
  2. Makuhari New City
    http://www.makuhari.or.jp/main/english/index_e.html
  3. Narita Airport
    http://www.narita-airport.jp/en/
  4. Tokyo Metropolitan Government
    http://www.metro.tokyo.jp/ENGLISH/index.htm
  5. Visit Japan
    http://www.jnto.go.jp/

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Makuhari Messe

International Conference Hall
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