The Sagamihara Campus, with a view of the surrounding Tanzawa mountains, was established in April 1989 as the core of the former Institute of Space and Astronautical Science (ISAS). It has research and administration buildings, a research center, and buildings for the development and testing of experimental equipment for rockets and satellites.
The former National Space Development Agency (NASDA) was in charge of launching satellites for communications, broadcasting, weather, and terrestrial observation and also for the activities of Japanese shuttle astronauts. The mission of the former ISAS was to try to solve the mysteries of space, such as solar activity, and to trace the histories of the moon, the planets, black holes and the galaxy by launching scientific satellites and planetary probes. It also used balloons to make observations of the atmosphere and outer space.
Probing the mysteries of the origin of space, the birth of the solar system, and the earth's atmosphere expands our understanding of life. The creation of new technologies for space science leads to the development of new technologies that can enrich our everyday lives.
In addition, Sagamihara Campus has a graduate school to inspire the next generation of space researchers and scientists. Affiliated with universities across Japan, it conducts various research on campus, and scientists from around the world are welcomed there in an effort to promote further development and integration of space-science research
- Space Operation Center's Building
- Flight Environment Test Building
- Structure and Mechanics Test Building
- Experiment Facility Building
Tours and Exhibits
|Open||9:45 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.<br/ >daily. (We may be closed without prior notice, so please call us before you come.)|
- Free parking lots for a few cars (No prior reservations are accepted.)
- Wheel chairs and baby strollers can enter the exhibition hall.
- No pets are allowed to enter the facility.
- Cafeteria: Open only weekdays from 11:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
*It serves as a coffee shop between 1:30 to 4:00 p.m. thus no food is available during those hours.
- Gift shop: Open only weekdays from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
(Please be aware that we may temporarily close the facility without prior notice.)
The hall exhibits historic models of space science research including a life-size model of the Asteroid Explorer "HAYABUSA."
The world's largest solid propellant launch vehicle M-V Rocket (real vehicle) is displayed. Also a life-size model of the M-3SII Rocket is exhibited next to the M-V.
Space-related books that JAXA employees possess and think will be interesting for the general public are displayed at the Exhibition Hall.
Please feel free to have a look at them to gather information.
For more specialized books, please look in the ISAS Library between 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. on weekdays. For more details about the use of the Library books, please refer to the ISAS Library page.
Guided Group Tours
Sagamihara Campus welcomes visitors. You can look around the Campus freely during the open hours.
For a guided group tour, and a visitor's tour of some usually restricted areas, please contact the Sagamihara Campus Public Affairs Office.