Makuhari Messe is host to some of the biggest events in Japan. Tokyo Game Show, Tokyo Comicon and Tokyo Motor Show are just some of the crazy events that are held in this behemoth convention center.
Getting there can also get a little crazy if there’s multiple events happening on the same day. Events like the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics 2020 might also make things convoluted. So here's a guide to help you easily find your way to Makuhari Messe.
Getting There from the Closest Train Station : Kaihimmakuhari Station
Makuhari Messe is a quick 5-minute walk from JR Keiyō Line, Kaihimmakuhari Station. The station itself is only about a 30 minute train ride from Tokyo Station, and it’s around 12 minutes from Soga Station.
Once you arrive at Kaihimmakuhari Station, there’s only one ticket gate area, so that part’s easy. Once you pass the ticket gates, take the South Exit, which is on the left. There are signs for Makuhari Messe in English, so be on the lookout for them overhead.
Inside Kaihin Makuhari Station
Head through the Makuhari New City walkway:
After you leave the station, head straight through the covered walkway welcoming you to Makuhari New City. There will also be taxis to the right, so if you’re in a hurry or have your hands full, that’s also an option.
Kaihin Makuhari Station South Exit Rotary
Go Right at the PLENA building:
From the walkway, you’ll run into a small shopping mall, called PLENA Makuhari.
Turn right without entering PLENA Makuhari
Follow the building along to the right, and you’ll see a white sign with Makuhari Messe marked on it (take a note of the colorful logo). Take a left here to face the pedestrian bridge.
Take a left at the white sign
Go Up the Pedestrian Bridge:
Climb the stairs up the pedestrian bridge which will have the same Makuhari Messe logo on it.
Climb the stairs
Once you’re up the stairs, you should be able to see Makuhari Messe (a bit to the right). From here, follow the signs to your particular event space. They’re marked pretty well.
You will be able to see Makuhari Messe in the distance
If You’re Going to International Exhibition Hall 9-11:
When you’re up the bridge, follow the signs and arrows for International Exhibition Hall 9-11 (picture below). It’s connected to the International Exhibition Hall 1-8 Makuhari Event Hall and International Conference Hall, so if you enter the wrong place, you can still get to where you’re supposed to be.
International Exhibition Hall 9-11, go straight here
If You’re Going to International Exhibition Hall 1-8, Makuhari Event Hall, or International Conference Hall:
Take a left at the white sign (the sign in the picture above), and continue across the pedestrian bridge. On your left-side will be the connected towers of Hotel New Otani Makuhari.
Cross the pedestrian bridge
Keep going straight (follow the signs). After you pass through the covered walkway, there will be an escalator at the end.
Go down the escalator, leading you to the 1F.
You're nearly there!
You Made It!
The International Conference Hall is on the left side, soon after you get off the escalator. The Makuhari Event Hall and International Exhibition Hall 1-8 will be on the far side, through the Central Entrance.
Makuhari Messe exterior
Getting There from Tokyo Station : Highway Express Bus (around 40 min)
There are highway express buses straight to Makuhari Messe leaving from both Tokyo Station and Ginza Station. You don’t need a reservation, but buses are limited. Be sure to check the time and availability beforehand.
◆Heiwa Kotsu Bus: 800 yen for Adult
*720 yen if using IC card (Suica, PASMO)
◆Keisei Bus: 820 yen for Adult
*670 yen if using IC card
Makuhari Messe Central Bus Terminal
The bus stop at Ginza Station is in front of Nishi Ginza Chance Center. Leave from Exit C4; it’s right next to the police box (you can ask the policemen for direction if need be).
Ginza Station (Sukiyabashi) platform photo
Tokyo Station is a little trickier since the bus stops are different depending on the bus company.
The Heiwa Kotsu Bus stop is right in front of the Yaesu Central Exit. If you’re coming from the Yaesu Shopping Mall, then take Exit 20; the bus stop will be just outside.
Tokyo Station / Heiwa Transport Bus Station
For the Keisei Bus stop, then you use the same Yaesu Central Exit, but take a left once you leave the station. The bus stop is in front of Excelsior Caffe and across the street from the Tekko Building.
Tokyo Station / Keisei Bus Stop
Getting There from Narita Airport and Haneda Airport : Highway Express Bus (around 40 min)
Narita and Haneda International Airports both offer direct buses to Makuhari Messe.
The bus from Narita is 900 yen, and the bus from Haneda is 1,150 yen. Buses from both locations run once or twice an hour, and reservations can’t be made in advance. You’ll need to go to the bus ticket counter and purchase your ticket, then head to the assigned bus stop; they will be numbered, making things easy.
Haneda Airport Express Bus Platform