The Tsukuba Space Center in Tsukuba, Ibaraki Prefecture is a recommended facility for those who wish to go to space. Although it is not an easy time to visit sightseeing trips to space easily, you can taste the astronaut feeling at the Tsukuba Space Center. The Tsukuba Space Center is a very satisfying place for those who like the universe.
At the Tsukuba Space Center you can visit the facility free of charge. Also, within the facility, it will only be open on weekdays but there is a place where you can eat meals, you can purchase souvenirs as well.
The Tsukuba Space Center has two facilities that you can see for free. You can visit “Space Dome” and “Planet Cube” for free, and you do not have to make advance reservation or reception at the time of visit. It is possible to enter freely and visit freely. For those who want to know more, a guided tour with a charge is also available.
When arriving at the Tsukuba Space Center, it is huge rocket to jump into the eye first. The H-II rocket with a total length of 50 meters is a rocket used for launching satellites. At the Tsukuba Space Center you can see the real H-II rocket. Let’s take a commemorative photo with this H-II rocket first before the facility tour.
The facility to be visited first is “Space Dome”. Here you will learn about JAXA’s history of space development so far. In “Space Dome” you can also enter inside the full scale model of “Kibo” (Hope) which is the Japan Experiment Module of the International Space Station. This is a model of a room where Japanese astronauts active in outer space are actually spending. If you go here you can taste the astronaut’s mood a little.
On a guided tour, you can visit the operation control room of “Kibo” and the astronaut training area. The fee is 500 yen, the high school student or less is free. Advance reservation is required. For details, please check at the website of Tsukuba Space Center.
The central facilities of JAXA (The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency) taking space development of Japan are “Tsukuba space centers”. It is the place where advanced space technology of Japan was accumulated. An astronaut’s training, development and operation of an artificial satellite are performed. Here is also the control room of “Kibo” (The Hope) called greatest experiment laboratory in the International Space Station.
For the purpose of letting you understand activity by JAXA, the exhibition and the inspection tour which can study the actual contents of activity are carried out. At pavilion, the examination model of an artificial satellite, the powerful actual size model of an experiment laboratory “Kibo”, and all the past rockets of 1/20 scale model can be seen from a short distance. Moreover, there is also a course which can patrol with a guide a part of space development institution which serves as the maximum scale in Japan (prior reservation system). Since pavilion inspection and institution inspection tour participation are no charge (part charge), let’s enter willingly.
It is a huge “H-II rocket”, when you enter the Tsukuba space center, and to meet immediately. This H-II rocket in a open space will be the genuine rocket which can actually take off in the universe, if it launches with fuel and facilities.
The “space dome” renewed in 2015. This is unmissable facility for space fan that the processes and activities of JAXA which has continued leading space development of Japan, and about the space development which the present JAXA is performing, are exhibited intelligibly.
The space Dome, where the beautiful earth of a one-1,000,000th scale, prototype of data broadcast technology satellite “Kodama”, the artificial satellite which Japan developed in the past, etc. are displayed, is sure that both a child and adult are excited very much.
|Name:||Tsukuba Space Center (JAXA)|
|Address:||Sengen 2-1-1 Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-0047 Japan|
|Access:||Tsukuba Express Line “Tsukuba-eki” station (10 minutes by car)|
|Price / Charge:||Free
* Paid tours available