Makuhari Messe (幕張メッセ) is a Japanese convention center outside Tokyo, located in the Mihama-ku ward of Chiba city, in the northwest corner of Chiba prefecture. Designed by Fumihiko Maki, it is accessible by Tokyo's commuter rail system. Makuhari is the name of the area, and Messe is a German language word meaning "trade fair".
Exterior view of the North Hall (c.2012)
|Address||2-1, Nakase, Mihama-ku, Chiba, Chiba Prefecture, 261-8550, Japan|
|Location||Greater Tokyo Area|
|Owner||Makuhari Messe, Inc.|
|Opened||9 October 1989|
|304 (International Conference Room)|
|Banquet/ballroom||1,600 (Convention Hall)|
|7,860 (Makuhari Event Hall)|
|• Total space||168,578 m2 (1,814,560 sq ft)|
|• Exhibit hall floor||72,000 m2 (780,000 sq ft)|
|• Ballroom||4,488 m2 (48,310 sq ft)|
|Public transit access||East Japan Railway Company (JR East):|
Keiyo Line at Kaihimmakuhari
The convention center opened on October 9, 1989. It hosts many high-technology events.
Makuhari Messe is close to Tokyo Disney Resort in Urayasu, and to Chiba prefecture's black sand beaches. It is accessible from Kaihimmakuhari station on the Keiyō Line of East Japan Railway Company (JR East). The center is the host of the annual Tokyo Auto Salon (modified car show, in January), the biennial Tokyo Motor Show (in October), the annual Tokyo Game Show (video game hardware and software exhibition, in September), the annual Jump Festa (manga, anime, and video game exposition, in December), and the biannual Wonder Festival (toys, scale figures, and garage kits exposition, in February and July). The venue was host to several Nintendo Space World events.
On July 31, 1999, rock band Glay held their first Glay Expo concert, titled Glay Expo '99 Survival, at the venue. The concert garnered a total audience of about 200,000 people, making it the largest concert ever held by a single act in Japan, as certified by the Guinness World Records.
Since 2000, the center has been used for the Summer Sonic music festival every year, where the venue hosts the Mountain and Sonic stages.
The venue was noted in 2005 for hosting the first round of the Live8 concert.
On 1 July 2005, the company that owns the convention center changed its name from "Nippon Convention Center" to "Makuhari Messe".
American pop singer Lady Gaga performed in the arena for the first time, as part of her debut headlining tour, The Fame Ball Tour, during the Summer Sonic Festival, on August 8, 2009 and for MTV Video Music Aid Japan in 2011.
The center also hosted the Magic: The Gathering World Championship in 2010.
It was scheduled to host the Anime Contents Expo, hosted by the Comic-10 Shakai in March 2011 to counter the Tokyo International Anime Fair as part of their boycott of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government under Governor Shintarō Ishihara, but both events were cancelled after the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami. The first Anime Contents Expo was held on March 31 and on April 1, 2012, and was visited by 42,000 people.
The Japanese band The Gazette held various concerts there, including their 10th-anniversary concert on March 10, 2012.
The Metal festival "Knotfest Japan" was held here on 15 and 16 November 2014.
As an epilogue to their 25th anniversary, Luna Sea hosted the rock festival Lunatic Fest on June 27 and 28, 2015. Other acts include Siam Shade, Dir en grey, 9mm Parabellum Bullet and Fear, and Loathing in Las Vegas the first night and Glay, Mucc and Alexandros the second.
Techno-Pop group Perfume performed at concerts June 16, 18, and 19, 2016.
Makuhari Messe became the venue for four sports during the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. The sports of fencing, taekwondo, karate, and wrestling were originally to be staged at Tokyo Big Sight. This move was a part of cost-cutting measures implemented by the organisers. Karate has since been moved to the Nippon Budokan. Assigned halls for the Games are:
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