Chofu-shi, Tokyo Headquarters Office / Chofu Aerospace Center

Exhibit hall is open with a few changes in operations

The exhibit hall of the Chofu Aerospace Center is open with measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19. This includes a few changes in operations, such as shortened opening hours. Guided tours remain suspended until further notice. The health and safety of those who visit and/or work at JAXA is of the utmost importance. Your kind cooperation greatly appreciated.

The Chofu Aerospace Center serves as JAXA's major research and development base. In particular, research into aviation is the main feature that characterizes the center. As a focal point of aeronautical research and development in Japan, the center plays an important role in supporting and leading the growth of the Japanese aviation industry. The center's research and development activities also include cultivating scientific and technological foundations that underpin the advancement of aerospace technologies in general. This includes pioneering studies on space technologies.

To support diverse activities in the space and sky from behind the scenes, the Chofu Aerospace Center is equipped with large-scale and specialized test facilities, such as wind tunnels, aeroengine test facilities, research aircraft, and a supercomputer. The center is making continuous efforts in satisfying evolving demands from users, through maintaining and improving these facilities, as well as through developing testing and analysis capabilities.

Chofu Aerospace Center


7-44-1 Jindaiji Higashi-machi, Chofu-shi, Tokyo 182-8522



Chofu Aerospace Center Aerodrome Branch


6-13-1 Osawa, Mitaka-shi, Tokyo 181-0015

A part of JAXA's HQ's operations is managed in the Tokyo Office.

Main Facilities

6.5m×5.5m low-speed wind tunnel
Jet Engine Test Cell
fixed-wing aircraft cockpit system "FSCAT-A"
Multi-axis Vibration Evaluating System (MaVES)
JAXA supercomputer system
  • Chofu Aerospace Center consists of two premises: Headquarters with an exhibiti hall is located in Chofu city, while Aerodrome Branch is located in Mitaka city.
  • For access maps and detailed directions, please click one of the followings depending on your destination.

Tours and Exhibits

The Chofu Aerospace Center has an exhibit hall where visitors can learn about research and development activities conducted at the center.
See "group visit" for guided tour.

Dear visitors

The exhibit hall is open with shortened opening hours 11:00-16:00, instead of 10:00-17:00 as on printed materials. No advanced booking required but please note that we are controlling the numbers of visitors at the gate to help everyone keep a safe distance in the exhibit hall (less than 30 visitors in the exhibit hall at any one time). Thank you for your understanding.

 Changes in opening hours

  • 11:00-16:00, Monday – Friday (Closed on national holidays)
  • Opening days and hours are subject to change depending on the circumstances.
  • Inquiries: (+81) 50-3362-2600 (Mon-Fri 9:30-12:00, 13:00-17:45)

 Request to visitors

To prevent the spread of COVID-19, we are taking the following measures. Please make sure to read through before planning your visit.

【At the gate】

  • Please wear a mask.
  • Please avoid visiting in large group(up to 6 people in one group). We will limit the number of visitors in order to prevent overcrowding (less than 30 visitors in the exhibit hall at any one time)
  • You will be asked to provide your contact details by filling out our visitor list.
  • Your temperatures will be taken at the gate. Visitors who are found to have a fever of 37.5 ℃ or higher will be refused entry, including his/her accompany.
  • We will provide disposable wristband at the gate. Please make sure to put it on during your visit.

【At the exhibit hall】

  • Visitors who do not wear a mask will kindly be refused entry.
  • Please sanitise hands on entry. Sanitiser placed at the entrance hall.

【Before planning your visit】

Please refrain from visiting JAXA premises if you fall under any of the following conditions.

  • You have returned or arrived to Japan from overseas in the past two weeks.
  • You have been in close contact with someone with a confirmed or probable case of COVID-19 in the past two weeks.
  • You have a fever above 37.5 ℃ or symptoms such as coughing, sore throat, loss of the sense of taste and smell.

 Measures taken by the Chofu Aerospace Center

  • Staff members conduct daily temperature checks and confirm that they are in good health.
  • All staff members wear masks.
  • Protective screens around the reception desks.
  • Hand sanitiser placed at the entrance.
  • Regular and frequent cleaning, disinfection, and ventilation of the exhibit hall.

Please check our website or twitter (@jaxa_aero  ) for the latest information, as our operations and safety measures are subject to change depending on circumstances. Thank you for your understanding.


Phone +81-50-3362-2600


Open 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Closed Saturdays, Sundays, National Holidays
* Free admission
* Please be aware that the space mission simulator and YS-11 cockpit are not available for visitors between 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.


Note for visitors

  • Parking spaces available (Drop-off and pick-up only for buses)
  • No eating, no drinking, no smoking please.
  • No pets allowed (Service dogs are welcomed)


At the Chofu Aerospace Center we introduce the research content of each field including aviation and space technologies, and exhibit actually used vehicles, models, and explanatory panels.

Non-Powered Experimental Airplane

This airplane is used for experiments as part of research and development for next-generation supersonic airplane technology to measure data such as aerodynamic performance and surface pressure through its flight and gliding at a speed of Mach 2.

Future Space Transportation System

Instead of the current disposable launch vehicles, we promote research and development of reusable vehicles similar to airplanes including space planes and reusable space transportation vehicles. We exhibit models and actual vehicles used for experiments.

Space Mission Simulator

You can experience flight and piloting of a shuttle to space such as traveling to the International Space Station through horizontal flight in a space plane.

FJR710 turbo fan engine

Japan's first engine that satisfied airworthiness standards. It was installed in the Short Takeoff and Landing (STOL) experiment aircraft "Asuka."

In addition to the above, you can also enjoy a facility to experience the computational fluid dynamics simulation.

Open-air Exhibition

- YS-11 Cockpit

JAXA is using a cockpit of a retired YS-11 (Fuselage number YS-11-118) for our current research.
Since 1961, JAXA (former National Aerospace Laboratory) began a full-scale aircraft static strength test to carry out a fatigue test on the main wings and a repeated pressurization loading test of a fuselage, thus we have contributed to the development of the YS-11. The results of various verification tests have been useful for verifying YS-11's fatigue strength, and the airplane is still flying safely for over 50 years.

*Those who would like to take a look at the YS-11 cockpit, please call up the exhibition hall staff using the extension phone.

Group visits

Guided tours remain suspended until further notice.

  • For visit by groups of more than 10 people, please contact us in advance.
  • We can arrange guided tours for group visits. Please make your reservation at least three weeks in advance.
Guided tour 1
Exhibit hall tour
- Visit exhibit hall with a guide.
- Available for the groups of between 5 and 30 people with general interests.
- The tour takes 60 to 90 minutes in total.
Guided tour 2
Facility tour
- Visit exhibit hall and one or two facilities with a guide.
- Available for the groups with in-depth interests (Technical college students and above)
- Require a minimum 5 people and no more than 20 people.
- The tour takes 90 to 120 minutes in total.

For a group visit, please contact:
+81-50-3362-2600 (From overseas, or 050-3362-2600 within Japan)