Kumage-gun, Kagoshima Tanegashima Space Center

Notice

In order to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus infection, the Tanegashima Space Center Bus tour is not available. Please keep watch this page for the latest information on the tour.

Tanegashima Space Center has been closed since February 28 2020 due to prevent coronavirus from spreading and we will be reopening on August 1.
For the reopening, admission to the center is only possible if you have booking in advance.

【Admission】

  • Visitors without bookings cannot enter the space museum
  • Admission is free.
  • We regulate the number of visitors in the museum up to 50 people under 1-hour time slot.
  • We will measure your temperature with a thermography camera and ask your physical condition before entry.
    Time slot Number of Visitor
    9:30-10:30 50 people at a maximum in each time slot.
    10:30-11:30
    11:30-12:30
    12:30-13:30
    13:30-14:30
    14:30-15:30
    15:30-16:30

【Dear Visitors】

To prevent spread of the novel coronavirus infection, we kindly request that anyone experiencing cold symptoms (fever, coughing, or other relatively light cold symptoms, including loss of the senses of taste and smell), or a person returning or arriving to Japan from overseas in the past two (2) weeks, to refrain from entering JAXA premises.
We appreciate your understanding and apologize for any inconvenience.

【Reservation】

Please make reservation by calling.
+81-997-26-2111

The Tanegashima Space Center (TNSC), is the largest rocket-launch complex in Japan with a total area of about 9,700,000 square meters. Located in the south of Kagoshima Prefecture, along the southeast coast of Tanegashima, it is known as the most beautiful rocket-launch complex in the world.

On-site facilities include the Yoshinobu Launch Complex, a launch site for large-size rockets, Spacecraft Test and Assembly Buildings, and the Spacecraft and Fairing Assembly Building. Using those facilities, a series of operations are performed from assembling launch vehicles, maintenance, inspections, final checks of satellites, loading satellites onto launch vehicles, launches, and tracking launch vehicles after liftoff. The TNSC plays a pivotal role for satellite launches among Japan’s space development activities.

Location

Mazu, Kukinaga, Minamitane-cho, Kumage-gun, Kagoshima 891-3793

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Main Facilities

Yoshinobu Launch Complex

A fully prepared and assembled launch vehicle is transported to a launch pad and loaded with liquid propellant for launch. There are two launch pad for large-scale launch vehicles.

Second Spacecraft Test and Assembly Building

Assembly, tests, and preparations for large spacecraft are performed at this facility.

Takesaki Range Control Center

The command and control of rocket launch operations for all systems are performed at this facility, including launch vehicles, satellites, ground facilities, tracking and weather systems.

Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB)

VAB is a facility to assemble, outfitting, and inspect a launch vehicle shipped from a factory. At the VAB, two vehicles can be assembled simultaneously.

Tours and Exhibits

JAXA invites the public to visit our cutting edge R&D space facility to help understand our past, present and future programs and challenges. Exhibition locations in the center are categorized according to programs such as launch vehicles and space environment utilization. You can feel and touch the actual space R&D environment, including a life-size launch vehicle mock-up.

Contact

Space Museum
Phone +81-997-26-9244
Fax +81-997-26-9245

Exhibits

Open 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Closed Monday, Tuesday following holidays, and Dec. 28 to Jan .2.
Hours of operation subject to change due to rocket launch or other events.
* Free admission

Service

  • Free parking lot for 43 cars and five large-sized cars.
  • Wheel chairs and baby strollers can enter the exhibition hall.
  • Rental wheel chairs are available (free of charge, but the number of rental wheel chairs is limited.)
  • You can bring your own lunch to eat outside the buildings (only on the lawn area in front of the Space Museum. (No eating is allowed in other areas.)
  • No pets are allowed to enter the Museum.
Cafeteria

Please follow our instructions to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

Open 12:30 - 14:00 (LO: 13:30)
Closed Saturdays, Sundays and holidays
  • Please note that the cafeteria may be closed due to special holidays, launch days and various events held on the site.
  • Reservation and inquiries: (+81) 50-3362-3050(available between 9:00~11:00、14:00~15:00)

Space Museum

Using full-scale models and games, the exhibits cover various aspects of space development, such as rocket science, satellites, international space-station projects, terrestrial observation, and astronomy :

Full-scale model of the Japanese Experiment Module "Kibo"

Enter and experience "Kibo," which is a part of the International Space Station (ISS) project and is now in construction in space with the cooperation of 15 countries. Simulations of experiments in space can be performed on computers.

Space Information Center

Search for information on space development and the cosmos using computers.

Rocket Launch Theater

Experience the moment of lift-off of JAXA's main rocket, the H-IIA, on a large screen with full audio.

Museum Shop

We sell JAXA goods and space-related products. They are suitable for souvenirs.

Tours (Guide tours/Advance booking)

the Tanegashima Space Center Bus tour is not available now. Please keep following this page for the latest information on the tour.

Observation Points

The TNSC is open to the public except when launch and engine tests are carried out. There are observation points for full viewing of launches.

No entry is allowed on launch days.

Rocket Hill Observatory

Views of the Yoshinobu Launch Complex, and the Osaki Launch Complex can be enjoyed from this point. Parking is available

Takesaki Observation Stand

This is the press gallery for media personnel on the day of a launch.

Observation Point of Kamori-no-mine

m this point, there are fantastic views of Cape Kadokura and Yakushima Island far in the distance, as well as the H-IIA Launch Complex and the Takesaki Observation stand. "Kamori" means "Are you home?" in the Tanegashima dialect.

Launching Observation Points

Launches can be viewed from anywhere beyond a radius of three kilometers from the rocket. The following locations are recommended observation points, where the countdown to liftoff can even be heard. Reservations are not necessary, but these areas are expected to be crowded on the day of a launch.

Uchugaoka Park

Maenomine Ground

View of the Uchugaoka Park

View of the launch complex

View of the Maenomine Ground

View of the launch complex

Hase Park

View of the launch complex

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