JAXA’s Tsukuba Space Center (TKSC), located in Tsukuba Science City, opened its doors in 1972. The TKSC, which sits on a 530,000 square-meter site, with beautiful natural surroundings, is a consolidated operations facility with world-class equipment and testing facilities.
JAXA performs the following among our various activities to be promoted at the TKSC to fulfil its role as a core organization for Japan’s space development.
(Spacecraft Integration and Test Building)
Satellites and rockets are disassembled, and their parts and systems are tested to ensure their endurance in a vacuum and in the thermal environment of space.
Large Scale Vibration Test Facility (Spacecraft Integration and Test Building)
In this building, satellites or launch vehicles undergo vibration tests by separating them into each unit or system.
Radio Wave Test Facility
This facility is used to evaluate the conduct radiowave performance of spacecraft, properties tests of antennas and radiowave sensors, and measure their radiowave characteristics.
Ultrahigh Vacuum Surface Properties Test Facility
(Research and Development Building)
In this building, the impact of long-term exposure in an ultra-high vacuum environment is evaluated including clarifying the deterioration mechanism of the surface material’s characteristics, impact evaluation due to micro gas contents, and evaluating abrasion resistance of solid lubricant in the vacuum environment.
Aerospace Information Reference Center (Tsukuba Library)
The library at the JAXA Tsukuba Space Center is a special library for the space field. Everyone is welcome there. Please contact us before you visit the library.
|Open||9:30 - 17:45|
|Closed||Saturday, Sunday, national holidays|
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Tours and Exhibits
As JAXA's central site for research and space development, the Tsukuba Space Center (TKSC) offers tours of its facility and exhibitions for a better understanding of its work. At our exhibition hall “Space Dome,” you can look at many space-related exhibits at close range including full-scale satellite models, real rocket engines, and a life-size model of the “Kibo,” the Japanese Experiment Module for the International Space Station. Also, at “Planet Cube,” we hold a special exhibition featuring some seasonal or up-to-date theme. Please come to visit us.
For exhibition and tour information:
Tour Reception Desk
For inquiries regarding PR activities at the Tsukuba Space Center:
Please feel free to contact the Public Affairs Department at the Tsukuba Space Center for interview, PR activities and special events.
|Open||10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily|
|Closed||Every Monday (excluding national holidays and vacation seasons), special event day, Year-end and New Year holidays (from Dec.29 to Jan.3), and facility maintenance day (irregular).
* Please note that we may also close the lounge other than the above days due to some special reasons.
|*||No reservations are required for the TKSC exhibition hall.|
|*||Prior contact to Tour Reception Desk is required if you come in group of 10 or more people or by chartered bus.|
|*||Reservations are required for the guided tour.|
- Free parking lot for 50 cars
- Wheel chairs and strollers can enter the exhibition hall.
- Rental wheel chairs are available (free of charge, but the number of rental wheel chairs is limited.)
Self-Guided Tour (Space Dome/Planet Cube)
H-II Launch Vehicle
You can see an actual H-II Launch Vehicle (real flight model) when you go through the main gate. Please feel the dynamism of a real launch vehicle that is 50 meters in length.
Exhibition Hall "Space Dome"
The Exhibition Hall shows visitors the current status and advancement of Japan's space development along with JAXA's development.
Lounge "Planet Cube"
Planet Cube is adjacent to the Space Dome and dispatches updated space information and topics in a timely manner. Also, various events are being held there.
We sell JAXA and space-related goods. "Space Curry," "Freeze-dried cake," and "Freeze-dried ice cream" are popular items. Please stop by our shop when you visit the TKSC.
Notice to TKSC visitors
- Please take your trash with you.
- Do not damage or destroy exhibits, facilities, devices, or buildings.
- Smoking is prohibited in TKSC except in designated areas.
- Eating and drinking are prohibited inside and around the Space Dome and Planet Cube, but permitted at E-2 building and cafeteria (C-2). The cafeteria is open only on weekdays and can be used by all guests with registration.
- Pets are not allowed except for service animals.
- TKSC is not responsible for any accidents, damages, or injuries that may happen to visitors.
Guided Tours (Advanced reservations required) [70mins.]
The tour will take you to "KIBO" Flight Control Room and the Astronaut Training Facility. You can see realtime operations of "KIBO", the Japanese Experiment Module on the International Space Station, and know about astronauts' selection, training, and healthcare.
- Please be aware before you apply for the tour that it may be cancelled due to JAXA’s activity schedule as various research, development and test related activities are carried out at the TKSC.
- All participants over the age of junior high-school students are required to show their photo ID. Without the ID, you cannot participate in the tour.
- Photo shooting is prohibited in some areas.
- Please come to the tour reception desk 30 minutes prior to the start of the tour. If you are late, you may not be able to join the tour.
- The tour takes about 70 minutes. (ID confirmation takes 30 minutes before the tour.) The tour does not include the exhibition hall “Space Dome”.
The Tsukuba Space Center offers a visitors’ tour with a guide to look around some facilities of Japan’s largest-class aerospace development center. We ask participants to pay a fee for the tour as follows.
|Adult (18 years old or over)|
Except high-school students
|500 yen (tax included)|
* We accept cash payments only.
|High-school students and 17 years
old or younger
(High-school students are required to show their student ID.)
|Teachers leading a school trip (for educational purposes sponsored by the school) |
with students who are high-school students or younger
(Please show your teacher’s ID)
|People with disabilities and one attending person
(Please show us your disability certificate (physical, rehabilitation, mental, or A-bomb disability certificate)).
You can make a tour reservation from 2:00 p.m. five months prior to your tour month.
(Ex) If you plan to participate in a tour sometime in October, we can accept your reservation from 2:00 p.m. on May 1.
Phone Tour Reception Desk 029-868-2023 (or +81-29-868-2023 from overseas) (10:00-16:30)
Website *Japanese language only
Notice: English tour
If you would like a tour in English, early reservation is strongly recommended because English tour is not always available for schedule conflict reasons.
You will board Tsukuba Space Center's tour bus.
|Weekdays and Sat., Sun., National Holidays||11:30||15:00|
Group tourist (by chartered bus)
If you come to TKSC by chartered bus, the bus is used to transport you to the tour site.
|Weekdays and Sat., Sun., National Holidays||10:00||11:30||13:30||15:00|
|Number of bus available for tour||2||1||2||1|