Tsukuba-shi, Ibaraki Tsukuba Space Center

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.
As the center of Japan’s space network, the TKSC plays an important role in the research and development of spacecraft, such as satellites and rockets, and also controls and tracks launched satellites. As part of the International Space Station project, the Japanese Experiment Module (JEM) "KIBO" is developed and tested at TKSC. Astronaut training is also in progress at the center.
The Space Transportation Mission Directorate, the Satellite Applications Mission Directorate I, the Human Spaceflight Mission Directorate, and part of the Institute of Space and Astronautical Science are located at the TKSC which implement latest research, development, and testing in the space field. It is a pivotal center for Japanese space development.

Location

2-1-1 Sengen, Tsukuba-shi, Ibaraki 305-8505

Main Facilities

13mΦSpace Chamber

(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.

Kibo engineering model
Protoflight model assembly test facility

(Space Station Test Building)
Prior to the launching of the Japanese Experiment Module "Kibo", the Space Station Test Building will be the site of such activities as functional testing of the various sub-elements of Kibo and overall system testing of the integrated elements, and interface testing with the International Space Station (ISS).

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
E-mail STILIB*jaxa.jp (Please change ""*"" into ""@"".)

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.

Contact

For exhibition and tour information:
Tour Reception Desk
Phone +81-29-868-2023 (10:00~16:30)
Fax +81-29-868-2851
For inquiries regarding PR activities at the Tsukuba Space Center:
Phone +81-50-3362-6265
Fax +81-29-868-5966

Please feel free to contact the Public Affairs Department at the Tsukuba Space Center for interview, PR activities, special events, and lectures by JAXA employees at the center.

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.
* Free admission

Pamphlet

Services

* 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.)

Exhibits

Self-Guided Tour (Space Dome/Planet Cube)

* Click on the image to see an enlarged image

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.

* Neither prior application nor reservations are required for the Exhibition Hall. Please come and enjoy the exhibition freely anytime during the open hours.
* Please call the Tour Reception Desk beforehand, if your tour group consists of 10 or more people, or if your group charters a bus to come to the TKSC.

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.

Space Shop

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.

Contact +81-29-850-1718

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)

* Admission Free
* Reservation
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.

Individual/Group Tourist

Individual tourist

In Astronaut Course and International Space Station Course, you will board Tsukuba Space Center's tour bus to respective tour destination.

Time 10:00 11:00 13:00 14:00 15:00
Weekdays - Astronauts Course - - International Space Station Course
Sat., Sun., National Holidays Rocket Course Rocket Course Rocket Course Rocket Course Rocket Course

Group tourist (by chartered bus)

If you come to TKSC by chartered bus, the bus is used to transport you to the tour site.

Time 10:00 11:00 13:00 14:00 15:00
Weekdays Astronauts Course Astronauts Course Astronauts Course Astronauts Course/
International Space Station Course
Astronauts Course
Sat., Sun., National Holidays Rocket Course Rocket Course Rocket Course Rocket Course Rocket Course

Course

Astronauts Course

Astronaut Training Facility
This course will show the facilities used for astronauts’ training, selection, and health care.

International Space Station Course

"KIBO" Flight Control Room
This course will emphasize “KIBO” Flight Control Room where real-time operations including observation on equipment and experiment devices mounted in KIBO can be seen.

  • This tour course requires much higher security. Please note that you are under several regulations in and around this room. All of you are required to bring and show your passport or any other public identification with a picture of your face.
  • Taking photos is prohibited in and around KIBO Flight Control Room.

Rocket Course

Hands-on acoustics of rocket launch
This course will give you a chance to experience the simulated explosive sound of a rocket launch which you would hear if you were at 3 km away from the launch site in Tanegashima Space Center.

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