Tsukuba Space Center

Tsukuba Space Center: Hours, Address, Tsukuba Space Center Reviews: 4/5

Tsukuba Space Center
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9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
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Friday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
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Cielowatcher
Tsukuba, Japan30 contributions
Family
One of the best spots to visit in Tsukuba. This is a museum on the site of JAXA (the Japanese equivalent of NASA). There is a lot to learn here. There is a decent cafe and a nice gift shop, too.
Written February 12, 2020
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RGB
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The space centre has free entry and is just a short bus ride away from the central bus station in Tskuba. There is a mobile app guide for English but we did not bother. There are signs in English albeit quite brief. What is good though is to be up and close to so much space hardware. You can walk into a section of the Skylab which was most interesting. Also fascinating to see the part Japan plays in the space programmes. If you are in TskubaTskuba I recommend to go.
Written February 1, 2020
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Danielanalan
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We visited the Space Centre a couple of times as our 6 year old is obsessed with science and loved the place.
There is a lot to learn and most exibits have some explanation in English. The photo opportunities are amazing. Our daughter loves her photos inside and outside the rockets, in an astronauts suit, eating space ice-cream etc. We visited during the summer holidays and the place gets incredibly busy with loads of organised visitors thought Tsukuba science tour and school children. So my advise is if you are visiting in the summer months is to go as early as you can.

Sadly, it was impossible to arrange an English tour, despite being in Japan for a long time. They wanted us to have booked more than 3 months in advance. It's a shame they don't tend to foreign visitors a bit better because it's really a great place to visit and Tsukuba is very international with scientists from all the world.

Anyway, I researched the Internet for information on JAXA's work etc and coupled with the Space Centre English brochure I was able to get the gist of most exhibits. Also my daughter quickly got to grips with the interactive exibits which were in English and was learning all about the different uses of satellites etc.

There is a cool but expensive gift shop at the Space Centre where among the rest you can buy astronaut food. So you can end your day eating space curry and space kimchee, followed by space chocolate mint ice cream and space shortbread. It's pretty cool! if you have kids with you it's an unforgettable day.
Written September 13, 2012
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Rajesh T
Patan (Lalitpur), Nepal177 contributions
Family
A sleeping rocket in the Tsukuba Space Center yard and the space museum are very exciting for us. Also, we were lucky to see the control room of International Space Station. Must visit place! It may inspiring for kids to be future generation astronauts or space scientist.
Written December 15, 2015
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KlapauciusJapan
Japan653 contributions
Solo
A space museum connecting to the JAXA facility in Tsukuba, which is free to enter and has many interesting exhibits of satellites and rockets. I couldn't see very much English explanation. Most exhibits are inside one large hangar, but there's also a gift shop in another building, some more information in another, and the big rocket outside. Takes an hour or less to see everything.
Definitely worth a visit if you're in Tsukuba. If you're walking from Tsukuba station, some signs in Center Park are misleading/confusing, showing the Space Center on the West side of the JAXA facility. The entrance is on the East side.
Written December 11, 2017
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Sandy B
221 contributions
Couples
Free car parking and free entrance.
Lots of interaction for children plenty of informative display cards .
We went independently but there are lots of organise tours.
Anyone interested in any thing to do with space this is a must . Nice coffee shop plenty of toilets
Would visit again
Written October 23, 2017
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Xymyz
UK132 contributions
Family
I though the exhibition was good as it has lot of different and life size satellites and replica of the Japanese section of the ISS. However, we were bit disappointed by the fact that interactivity was nearly zero. Best museuums nowadays have more interactivity to help you keep interest. Especially inside the ISS module or around the satellites it would have been good to have more interactive materials. However, as a free museuym I cannot complain abotu this too much.
Written April 20, 2017
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Sbonet79
Dubai, United Arab Emirates62 contributions
Family
We were there for a morning and it's perfect to expend a few hours!
The entrance is free and you can enjou replicas of the space modules.
Written December 24, 2015
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Asterix135
Toronto, Canada208 contributions
Family
I suppose if you're really into space exploration this would be a really exciting museum. We found it not all that exciting.

The life-size replicas of various satellites was kind of interesting to see, in that I really had no idea how big some of these were. But there's not much in the way of interactivity or English explanations of things.

On the plus side, it's free, so there's no harm in checking it out if you're in the area.
Written August 4, 2015
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whynatt2015
Kunitachi, Japan14 contributions
Friends
There is a small musium, but the contents are great. There are real artificial satellites, a part of ISS, and a lot of rocket models. You can learn the history of Japan's space exploration.
Written June 25, 2015
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  • Sun - Sat 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM