Tsukuba Space Center

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Established in 1972, the Tsukuba Space Center is part of the Tsukuba Science City.
In the Space Center’s “Rocket Plaza,” near the main entrance, there is a real H-Ⅱ rocket, which is around 50 meters long.
This rocket was developed in Japan over the course of around 10 years, and at the time it was world-class in launch capability and efficiency. Thanks to this rocket’s development and launch, Japan was able to develop its own original technology for larger rockets.

Tsukuba Space Center
[Tsukuba Space Center]

At the “Space Dome,” an exhibition hall, visitors are greeted by a beautiful model of the Earth. Within the exhibition hall are various test models of satellites, rocket engines used in combustion experiments, as well as a full-sized model of the “KIBO” module of the International Space Station. These displays give visitors the chance to experience real developments of space exploration.

The Space Center also offers educational tours (reservation required, fee required) for guests who wish to see things other than what is on display in the exhibition hall, such as the building astronaut training takes place.
Space food and stationary are popular items at the museum shop.

Basic information on Tsukuba Space Center

Tsukuba Space Center

2-1-1 Sengen, Tsukuba City, Ibaraki
About 25 minutes by bus from the JR Joban Line’s Arakawaoki Station. 1 minute walk from the National Institute for Materials Science bus stop.
10 am - 5 pm
New Year’s, other closing days TBA