Trade Fair Venues in Japan
There are several major trade show facilities throughout the whole country. The most important international shows are concentrated in Tokyo, Makuhari, Osaka and occasionally in Yokohama.
Tokyo Big Sight is the most widely used international exhibition centre and the one that hosts the most international shows. The operators have continuously increased the number of exhibitions since the site opened in 1996 and currently offer more than 250 events per year. Big Sight recently became host to leading events such as the Tokyo Motor Show and Semicon. A total of 10 halls are available, and according to the operators, the rental fee per square meter ranges from 4,400 yen to 10,000 yen per day.
Tokyo Big Sight is located in the Odaiba area facing the city on land which was completely reclaimed during the 1990s. It is particularly well connected to the city’s local transport network. It can be reached on the computer-operated, driverless monorail system ‘Yurikamome or on Tokyo Metro from Tokyo Station in about 20 minutes. It is also about 20 minutes by car, assuming no congestion, over the Shuto Metropolitan Expressway. A taxi journey from Tokyo station to the exhibition site should cost approximately four thousand yen.
Regular shuttle buses also go from Narita international airport to the Big Sight exhibition center. The journey takes about 80 minutes and costs 3,000 yen. The taxi ride can range from 15,000 to 20,000 yen. There are plenty of hotels in the area around Big Sight.
The Makuhari Messe exhibition center was opened in 1989 and expanded from 9 to 11 halls in 1997. The site includes a total of three centers: the International Exhibition Hall, the International Conference Hall and the Makuhari Event Hall. Prices per square meter are in a range of 2,250 yen to 9,000 per day. Spaces in the open area attract a fee of 10,000 yen.
The Makuhari Messe site is located approximately half way between central Tokyo and Narita Airport. In normal circumstances it takes more than 30 minutes to reach Makuhari from Tokyo either by train on the JR Keiyo Line or by car or on the Shuto Metropolitan Expressway. A shuttle bus from Narita international airport is available and covers the journey in approximately 40 minutes at a cost of 1,100 yen.
There are five international hotels in walking distance from the exhibition site.
Pacifico Yokohama was opened in 1991 and expanded in 2001. It is one of Japan’s most modern exhibition centers, and is adjacent to a large conference center. Pacifico Yokohama has four exhibition halls. Prices per square meter range from 3,300 yen to 6,700 yen per day. The site is situated on the Yokohama waterfront in the new “Minato Mirai” area.
It takes about 10 minutes to reach the site by train or car from Yokohama station, and a waterbus is also available. As Tokyo and Yokohama are almost neighbours, it is also manageable from Tokyo. The journey from Tokyo station to Yokohama takes approximately 30 minutes on the JR Express lines, or approximately 15 minutes by Shinkansen to Shin-Yokohama. You should reckon on more than half an hour for the car journey on the Expressway. The nearest airport is Narita, from where the train or limousine-bus reaches Yokohama station in about 90 minutes. A taxi from there to Pacifico Yokohama takes about 10 minutes.
Founded in 1973, Port Messe Nagoya is one of Japan’s oldest exhibition sites. It encompasses three halls, and is located on the edge of the port district south-west from the city of The Aonami Line, a new railway line opened in 2004, provides a direct link between Nagoya station and the exhibition site, the journey taking approximately 25 minutes. The same journey by car takes approximately 30 minutes.
The exhibition site INTEX Osaka, which opened in 1985, is located on "Osaka Nanko Cosmo Square", a new urban center on the waterfront that offers a series of conference possibilities. There are a total of ten halls, and the rental price per square meter ranges from 1,625 yen to 10,536 yen per day. The asking price for space in the open area is 2,900 yen per square meter, but this is only possible on the outer area of Hall 3.
Osaka INTEX exhibition site can be reached from the center of Osaka in approximately 40 minutes by subway. It can also be reached by car via the Metropolitan Expressway.
From Kansai International Airport the limousine bus takes approximately 45 minutes to the Hyatt Regency Hotel, next to INTEX Osaka, and the journey costs approximately 1,600 yen. The train journey costs the same, but requires several changes.