Tsukuba Expo Center

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Tsukuba Expo Center
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Science Museums • Observatories & Planetariums
9:50 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:50 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:50 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:50 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:50 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:50 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:50 AM - 5:00 PM
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Cielowatcher
Tsukuba, Japan30 contributions
A fantastic planetarium and good science museum
Jan 2020 • Friends
It is very conveniently located, a short walk from the Tsukuba Center train and bus station. Great for a cold or rainy day, or on a leisurely weekend. The original planetarium program can be enjoyed in English dubbing, via an earpiece that can be borrowed for free. There are also monthly music concerts held in the evening.
Some of the exhibits are a bit dated, but there is also a lot of nostalgic paraphernalia from the 1985 Expo that was held here in Tsukuba.
Written February 12, 2020
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Emily K
31 contributions
space stuff
Oct 2017 • Friends
just generally really fun if youre a child at heart i recommend the kids section bc even though its the kids section its fun to go in there as an adult as well!
i dont particularly recommend the planetarium bc i fell asleep during it, but if you like looking at space, its a nice presentation bc it shows a different perspective on the constellations that arent eurocentric
also do not know if the cafeteria is nice or not, but i found it to be a little pricey, especially with tsukuba center and q’t a five or ten minute walk away
Written February 14, 2018
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Chris F
Hong Kong, China56 contributions
Must go with kids
Jul 2017 • Family
We spent 2 hours there on a weekday. I went there with my 2 young children and they loved the place a lot. There are lots of science experiments and activities for them to play around and there are a lot to learn, from global warming to science knowledge to space. A lot to play, a lot to learn. There is also a nice restaurant at the entrance and we had our lovely lunch there. It's a must go spot in Tsukuba.
Written July 11, 2017
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Coskell
Chikusei, Japan56 contributions
Fun place for tech nerds
Jan 2017
Just like the science fare events at school, you'll have a blast playing around with the crazy stuff here ;)
Written December 31, 2016
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Cielowatcher
Tsukuba, Japan30 contributions
One of the world's largest planetarium domes
Aug 2016 • Family
The Tsukuba Expo center is located nearby to Tsukuba city center (Tsukuba station is the final station on the TX line, departing from Akihabara) and it is visible from some distance thanks to the 50m tall full scale model H2 rocket that stand on the grounds.

It is a nice museum to visit with family, friends, or alone. Far less crowded than similar facilitie in Tokyo! Highly recommended.

There are many interesting hands-on science exhibits to enjoy, some have pretty good English explanations. The gift shop has a nice selection of books, toys, an other gifts. There are places to sit and relax when tired, both indoors an outdoors. Adjacent, there is a simple cafeteria/cafe restaurant, as well as a small shop outdoors selling snacks an ice cream, and inside there is a breakroom with food and drink vending machines.

The best attraction is the planetarium which features 3 or 4 different programs per day. The planetarium dome is 26m in diameter, one of the world's largest , and the optical system (Konica -Minolta) and digital projection system (4k quality, full-dome) are impressive.

The main feature program, running 2 times per day, is available with English dubbing available by earphone, which can be borrowed for free upon request at planetarium entrance. The feature program changes quarterly and is an original digital production, much like watching an IMAX film. These programs are highly recommended. Other programs running may not have English option available however.

Tsukuba is well known for it's many national research centers, an chief among these are JAXA (Japan's highly successful space exploration agency which oversees many missions and supports Japanese astronauts), and as a result, there is also much to see ont the 2nd floor regarding space explorations, missions, and astonauts. Families with budding astonauts will surely enjoy this area.
Written September 12, 2016
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Akmar F
3 contributions
Interest in Science and Technology
Aug 2015 • Friends
Japanese are among the most developed nations in the world. They really making the Science and Technology aspect very close to their everyday life. By visiting this museum, you will impress o n how Japanese develop their technology and how they keep on improving their Technology and learning Science.
Written July 27, 2016
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Sandy R
Auckland, New Zealand368 contributions
Walk back in time
Oct 2015 • Couples
The science area which attracted children was ver well supported and because it is their 30th Expo they have exhibitions on. Space race it isn't.
Written October 14, 2015
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Asterix135
Toronto, Canada208 contributions
Fun & interactive, but a bit worn-out
Aug 2015 • Family
A fair number of interactive science exhibits, albeit with little to nothing in the way of English explanations. Still, we managed to spend an enjoyable couple of hours here.

Many of the exhibits felt like they needed to be cleaned up, fixed or modernized. Like they hadn't had much done to them since the museum opened 20 or so years ago.

Probably worth your time if you're in the area.
Written August 4, 2015
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Cielowatcher
Tsukuba, Japan30 contributions
Excellent Science Museum in the heart of Japan's science city.
Dec 2014 • Family
This is an excellent science museum and planetarium for a small city. It's a wonderful place to visit, especially on a rainy day, when many outdoor activities are not limited.

The exhibits (updated recently) are hands-on, with many games and enjoyable video presentations for both kids and adults. There are science shows and projects to make. The planetarium dome is very impressive and the shows are very educational. I think this is one of the best ones in Japan.
Now, one of the planetarium shows (normally only in Japanese) even has an English dubbing available. If you see the "Original Planetarium Show" and ask to borrow one of the earphone sets, you can listen to the English dubbed program simultaneously at the theater.

There is a nice restaurant cafe with surprisingly good food. I enjoyed the vegetable curry set and a good cup of coffee.
Written December 7, 2014
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Danielanalan
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A rather disappointing place
We visited the Expo Centre after having visited other Tsukuba attractions such as the JAXA Space Centre, the science square etc. the Expo Centre was our least favourite attraction, despite the others being free and the Expo Centre being quite expensive if you add the prices of watching all the movies into the equation (400 yen per movie - 4 movies) . As we visited during the summer holidays they had some workshops for children going on but they charged for those as well.

Basically a lot of The Expo Centre is rather dated, the ground floor in particular. Upstairs there were a couple of interesting exibits on sustainable energy, pharmaceutical advances etc. There was a big room with puzzles and video games for children but there was very little in English so my daughter got quite bored.
The room was also very noisy as a lot of local mums and children seemed to be using the place as a play area.

Overall, we were fairly dissapointed with what the place had to offer and how little provision they've made for foreign visitors. If your time in Tsukuba is limited I'd strongly reccomend giving this place a miss and instead visiting the wonderful science square and space centre.
Written September 13, 2012
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