Chiba, one of Japan’s most important ports, sits approximately 30 miles southeast of the country’s capital, Tokyo. The city was rebuilt following World War II bombing, and today is a major economic power, home to numerous businesses and is a twin city with Houston, Texas. Chiba is also home to one of the world’s longest suspended monorail systems, good for getting groups from A to B on time and without sitting in traffic. Many MICE venues in Chiba can be found in a new area, called New City Makuhari.
The closest international airport to Chiba is Narita International Airport (NRT), which is the largest airport in Japan and serves Tokyo but is actually closer to Chiba, only 25 miles to the northeast and not requiring travel through Tokyo itself. The airport serves approximately 40 million passengers a year and has direct flights to numerous cities in Europe and North America.
Chief among Chiba MICE venues, the Makuhari Messe facility covers 800,000 square feet and contains an exhibition center with eight halls, the International Conference Hall with a conference room and two convention halls and large arena and event hall.
Chiba MICE hotels in this bustling city include the 418-room New Otani Makuhari, which has room for 1,786 for conferences and a ballroom for up to 390 persons, among other spaces; the Hotel Springs Makuhari, which has two lodgings buildings with 259 rooms (including 50 that satisfy the religious requirements of observant Muslims), and a theater for up to 536 persons; the 250-room Hotel Green Tower Makuhari, which has nine meeting and banquet halls for up to 500 persons; the 130-room Hotel The Manhattan, which has 11 function rooms for up to 1,100 persons; and the 112-room Hotel Soga International, which has two meeting rooms.
Unique places in which to hold private events in Chiba include the Natural History Museum & Institute, Chiba, which has exhibition halls, galleries, artifacts chronicling the natural history of the Boso Peninsula (on which Chiba sits), several dinosaurs, and an ecology park with a large lake; Chiba Prefectural Culture Hall, the main hall of which can host up to 1,790 persons and which also has a recital hall, four meeting rooms and four rehearsal rooms; the 1,475-seat Narashino Bunka Hall, another cultural center and which also has a meeting room for 65 persons and a banquet and function room for 220; Seminar House X-WAVE Makuhari, which has 17 different spaces, including a hall for 110 persons, two meeting rooms and nine seminar rooms, as well as a restaurant and 94 guest rooms, and Chiba Prefectural Toso Culture Hall, yet another spot for Japanese and international culture and one with a 900-seat main hall and 300-seat recital hall.
Restaurants to choose from perfect for groups include upscale Ocean Table for Japanese cuisine and fish, and with a setting on the water; another fine-dining option Bar Vintage, which as its name suggests is also known for its cocktails; Caravanserai, which has a Japanese menu and Italian dishes, and has a private room for groups; Capricciosa, which is unashamedly just Italian, and Bella Russa, the French restaurant that is within Hotel The Manhattan.