The Tanegashima Space Center (TNSC), established in 1969, 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.
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.
- Yoshinobu Launch Complex Layout
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.
|Open||9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. in July and August)|
|Closed||Every Monday and Tuesdays following long weekends (substitute holidays) and Dec. 29 to Jan. 1.
The center is occasionally closed owing to rocket launches, and other reasons without prior notice.
- 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.
|Open||12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.|
|Closed||on weekends and launch days|
- In the case that a group of more than 10 people would like to eat at the cafeteria, please give us a call prior to your visit on 050-3362-3050 (within Japan or +81-50-3362-3050 from overseas) between 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. or 1:30 to 2:00 p.m. (JST) for reservations.
- The cafeteria also serves JAXA employees, thus it may be crowded.
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.
We sell JAXA goods and space-related products. They are suitable for souvenirs.
Tours (Guide tours/Advance booking)
A staff guide will take you around the various site seeing spots at the Tanegashima Space Center, the largest rocket launch site in Japan. These include launch-related facilities and the H-II Launch Vehicle, which was designated as "important historical material on industrial technology (Future Engineering Heritage)" by the National Museum of Nature and Science.
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.
View of the Uchugaoka Park
View of the launch complex
View of the Maenomine Ground
View of the launch complex
View of the launch complex