Kumage-gun, Kagoshima Tanegashima Space Center

Temporary Closure of Exhibition Facility

The Tanegashima Space Station is temporarily closed due to a Typhoon No.8.

Space Science and Technology Museum
- from July 9 (Wed.) thru July 10 (Thu.)

Facility tours
- from July 9 (Wed.) thru July 10 (Thu.)

The Tanegashima Space Center (TNSC) was established in 1969, when the original National Space Development Agency of Japan (NASDA) was formed. It is the largest rocket-launch complex in Japan (9,700,000 square meters) and is 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 following: the Yoshinobu Launch Complex, a launch site for large-size rockets like the H-IIA and H-IIB Launch Vehicles; Spacecraft Test and Assembly Buildings, where payloads of launch vehicles, satellites and explorers, are tested and assembled; and the Spacecraft and Fairing Assembly Building. In addition , there are also tracking facilities in Tanegashima including the Masuda Tracking and Communication Station in the north, and the Uchugaoka Radar Station and the optical observation facilities in the west.
The TNSC's main role is the management of satellites at every stage of flight including countdown, launching, and tracking. The TNSC is expected to play an increasingly important role as the demand for satellites grows.

Location

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

Tanegashima Web Camera

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.

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 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 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
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.

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)

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.

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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