Makuhari Messe

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Makuhari Messe
Makuhari Messe, North hall 2.jpg
Address2-1, Nakase, Mihama-ku, Chiba, Chiba Prefecture, 261-8550, Japan
Coordinates35°38′54″N 140°2′5″E / 35.64833°N 140.03472°E / 35.64833; 140.03472
OwnerMakuhari Messe, Inc.
OperatorMakuhari Messe, Inc.
Opened9 October 1989
ExpandedOctober 1997
Classroom-style seating
Theatre seating
Enclosed space
 • Total space79,498 m2 (855,710 sq ft)
 • Exhibit hall floorInternational Exhibition Hall 1-8: 54,000 m2 (580,000 sq ft) (8 halls)
International Exhibition Hall 9-11: 18,000 m2 (190,000 sq ft) (3 halls)
Makuhari Event Hall: 3,098 m2 (33,350 sq ft) (1 hall)
 • Breakout/meetingInternational Conference Hall: 4,400 m2 (47,000 sq ft) (1 hall and 21 rooms)
Makuhari Event Hall: 3,098 m2 (33,350 sq ft) (1 hall)
 • Ballroom1,390 m2 (15,000 sq ft) (1 hall)
Public transit accessEast Japan Railway Company (JR East):
JE Keiyo Line at Kaihimmakuhari

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 easily accessible by Tokyo's commuter rail system. Makuhari is the name of the area, and Messe is a German language word meaning "trade fair".

The convention center opened on October 9, 1989. It hosts many high-technology events.

Makuhari Messe is conveniently close to Tokyo Disney Resort in Urayasu, and to Chiba prefecture's black sand beaches. It is easily 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.

Notable events[edit]

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.[1]

Since 2000, the centre have been used for the Summer Sonic music festival every year, where the venue hosts the Mountain and Sonic stages.

On April 23 and 24, 2011, Australian singer Kylie Minogue performed as part of her Aphrodite: Les Folies Tour.

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".

On July 19 to 21 2008, Lucasfilm presented a Star Wars Celebration Japan event at the venue to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Japanese premiere of Star Wars.[2]

The "Jack in the Box 2009 Summer" convention was held here on August 15, 2009, where numerous well-known acts performed,[3] including the reunion performance of influential metal band Dead End.[4]

American pop singer Lady Gaga performed in the arena for the first time, as part of her debut headlining tour, The Fame Ball Tour on August 8, 2009.

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.[5] The first Anime Contents Expo was held on March 31 and on April 1, 2012, and was visited by 42,000 people. The next one is scheduled for March 30 and March 31, 2013.[6]

The Japanese band the GazettE held various concerts there, e.g. their 10th anniversary concert on March 10, 2012.

The heavy metal annual festival tour Ozzfest took place here on May 11–12, 2013. This was the festival's first appearance in Japan.[7][8][9][10] One Direction's Final Leg of their Take Me Home Tour was held in the makuhari to an attendance of 150,000 people.[11]

Mariah Carey performed in the arena for the first time, as part of her The Elusive Chanteuse Show on October 4, 2014.

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.[12] 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.[13]

Techno-Pop group Perfume performed at standing only concerts June 16, 18, and 19, 2016

It has been the venue of Magical Mirai, an annual Vocaloid exhibition and concert held usually during the end of August or early September, featuring Hatsune Miku since 2016.

On December 2nd and 3rd 2017, trance-pop duo fripSide performed at the venue for their “crossroads 2017-2018 tour”.

In 2017, and 2018, it held the obstacle course show Kunoichi (TV series)

Ariana Grande played 3 shows at the arena for her Dangerous Woman Tour performing to over 52,000 people.

Makuhari Messe will be the venue for four sports during the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. The sports are fencing, taekwondo, karate and wrestling, all of which were originally to be staged at Tokyo Big Sight. This move is a part of cost-cutting measures implemented by the organisers.[14][15]



  1. ^ "GLAY、デビュー15周年の"特別な1年"の内容とは?". Barks (in Japanese). Retrieved 2013-06-07.
  2. ^ "Star Wars Celebration Japan to Mark 30th Anniversary of the Star Wars Saga". 2008-02-23. Archived from the original on 2008-07-04. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  3. ^ "JACK IN THE BOX 2009 SUMMER- Part 1". 2011-08-19.
  4. ^ "DEAD END Revival". 2011-08-19.
  5. ^ "Anime Contents Expo 2011 Cancelled". Anime News Network. March 17, 2011. Retrieved 2011-03-17.
  6. ^ "アニメ コンテンツ エキスポ 2013年の開催発表 会場は幕張メッセ4ホールに拡大". October 1, 2012. Retrieved 2012-10-01.
  7. ^ "Japanese Edition Of Ozzfest To Take Place Next May". 2012-10-19. Retrieved 2012-11-25.
  8. ^ "Ozzfest: More Details Revealed". 2012-11-02. Retrieved 2012-11-25.
  9. ^ "Black Sabbath, Slipknot Confirmed For Japan's Ozzfest". 2012-10-31. Retrieved 2012-11-25.
  10. ^ "Tool, Deftones, Slash, Stone Sour Confirmed For Ozzfest Japan". 2012-11-24. Retrieved 2012-11-25.
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  12. ^ "LUNA SEA hosts LUNATIC FEST. 12 artists perform on 3 stages (MOON, SHINE, FATE)". 2014-04-14. Retrieved 2015-04-14.
  13. ^ "LUNA SEAフェス、GLAYら10組日程発表 5・8出演者第2弾". Oricon (in Japanese). 2015-05-04. Retrieved 2015-05-04.
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Preceded by
Sportovní hala, Prague
World Figure Skating Championships

Succeeded by
National Indoor Arena, Birmingham

Coordinates: 35°38′54″N 140°2′5″E / 35.64833°N 140.03472°E / 35.64833; 140.03472