Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) (Tsukuba City)
The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) was formed in 2003. As well as research, development and launch of satellites, JAXA is also responsible for Japan’s space exploration missions including asteroid explorations.
Tsukuba is home to JAXA’s Tsukuba Space Centre facility. This facility is the heart of space research and exploration in Japan and is responsible for research and development on satellites and rockets and tracking and controlling satellites in-operation. Astronaut training and communications with the International Space Station also take place in Tsukuba!
Visitors to JAXA can get up close with actual-size models of the H-Ⅱ Launch Vehicle(a real flight model) and satellites. JAXA also offers tours of its facility five times a day at 10:00, 11:00, 13:00, 14:00 and 15:00 (tours are available in English with advance booking. Tours take approximately 75 minutes.
2-1-1 Sengen, Tsukuba City
10 minutes by bus from Tsukuba Station on the Tsukuba Express line.
HOURSSpace Dome Exhibition Area: 09:30 - 17:00
Planet Cube Special Exhibition Space & Shop: 10:00 - 16:00
CLOSEDDecember 29th - January 3rd