Spacecraft enthusiasts will surely enjoy this place. Tsukuba Space Center is one of the major facilities of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency. This 530,000 square meter premises plays an important role in the research, development, controls and tracking of spacecraft in Japan.
The Japanese Experiment Module (JEM) "KIBO" is also developed and tested in this site in addition to the research and development of satellites and rockets.
It is a place where visitors can earn a knowledge about Japanese satellites, rockets, and other space technologies.
Upon reservation, visitors may choose a variety of tour inside the premises. One is the astronaut course to see a training astronaut, the rocket course to mimic the sound of a rocket, and lastly the space station course to witness the operation and control of the Japanese experiment module "kibo".
From Tsukuba Station (Tsukuba Express Line), take the Kantetsu Bus bound to Arakawaoki Station and get off at Busshitsu Kenkyujo. From there, the Tsukuba Space Center is just a short walk away.
Tsukaba Space Center opens at 10:00 to 17:00.
It is closed during year-end and New Year Holidays. Admission is free but advance registration is needed for the guided tour. (Choose among the three that is listed in the itinerary)
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