In order to reduce the density of offices in Tokyo, a plan was devised to develop three new urban centers within 30 kilometers of the city.
These new developments are Saitama New Urban Center (in Saitama City) to the north, Makuhari New City (in Chiba City) to the west and Yokohama Minato Mirai 21 (in Yokohama City) just to the south.
We introduce two of those here: Makuhari and Yokohama.
Makuhari New Town
Delivering a magic blend of “work,” “life,” “education” and “entertainment” from its seat on reclaimed land in Tokyo Bay, Makuhari New Town was developed with visions of a future cosmopolis.
Many of Japan’s industry-leading companies have their business and R&D units here and a number of educational facilities of colleges, high schools and middle schools also compete for space with shops, cinemas, outlet malls, several hotels, residential apartments and Chiba Marine Stadium. Kaihin Park, on the sea front, is within easy reach.
The core facility in this new development is Makuhari Messe, preferred by many major trade fairs, exhibitions and music events as one of just two options for a large-scale venue in or around Tokyo, the other being Tokyo International Exhibition Center, also known as Tokyo Big Sight. If you are living in Tokyo, you are bound to visit these.
Makuhari New Town is located a few minutes from JR Kaihin Makuhari Station on the Keiyo Line.