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Cielowatcher wrote a review Feb 2020
Tsukuba, Japan30 contributions7 helpful votes
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.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Emily K wrote a review Feb 2018
31 contributions4 helpful votes
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
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Date of experience: October 2017
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Chris F wrote a review Jul 2017
Hong Kong, China56 contributions13 helpful votes
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.
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Date of experience: July 2017
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Coskell wrote a review Dec 2016
Chikusei, Japan56 contributions11 helpful votes
Just like the science fare events at school, you'll have a blast playing around with the crazy stuff here ;)
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Date of experience: January 2017
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Cielowatcher wrote a review Sep 2016
Tsukuba, Japan30 contributions7 helpful votes
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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.
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Date of experience: August 2016
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