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Makuhari Messe

I had to make a presentation at a Japan Geoscience Union Meeting a few weeks ago. The venue was Makuhari Messe convention center. Messe? Hmm… sounds like the German word for exhibition. I remember going to Hannover Messe for the Cebit International Exhibition in 2010. Hanover Messe is a new city with modern architecture and concepts. Would it be as good as the Messe in Germany?

I underestimated Makuhari! When I arrived at Mahima-ku where Makuhari messe is located, I was immediately impressed by this modern city and its architecture. It has a good balance of buildings, roads, pedestrian walks, promenades and recreation areas. Beside the big beautiful buildings, there is also a huge baseball stadium, the Chiba QVC Marine stadium. This stadium is home to Chiba Lotte Marines.

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The long connecting overpass promenade is unique. The overpass promenade is not only for people crossing the road but also connects the buildings directly. There are elevators and ramps for people who are not able to use the stairs.

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Makuhari messe is actually the convention building. It is a very beautiful huge modern building. It is used for large events and exhibitions. I really appreciated being able to present my research in this building. It has many presentation rooms and exhibition buildings. Unfortunately, I wasn’t allowed to use my camera to capture the exhibition.

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The nearest station is Kaihin Makuhari Station (Keiyo line). You can also take the Shin Kesei line or Sobu line to Makuhari Honggo and take the bus from there to Makuhari messe. If you are travelling from Narita or Haneda airports, there are direct buses to Makuhari Messe.

Information

Makuhari Messe
Address: 2-1, Nakase, Mihama-ku, Chiba-city, Chiba
Telephone: +81-43-296-0001
Access 1: Approximately 30 minutes by train (Keiyo line) from Tokyo station to Kaihin Makuhari Station plus a 5 minute walk to Makuhari Messe
Access 2: Approximately 40 minutes by train (Sobu line) from Akihabara station to Makuhari Hongo plus a 15 minute bus ride (Keisei bus) to Makuhari Messe Chuo
Distance to airport: About 35 km from Narita Airport

 Article by A.A. Hadi

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