Kakuda-shi, Miyagi Kakuda Space Center

Notification of Re-opening

【We will re-open The Space Development Exhibition Room】

We will re-open The Space Development Exhibition Room from September 13th.

We are implementing measures in accordance with the New Coronavirus Infection Containment Guidelines that were developed based on Basic Policies for Novel Coronavirus Disease Control, and additionally are following government agency guidance to give top priority to the safety of our visitors.


  • Reservation in advance is required. (Without advance reservation can not be admit)
  • The all residents of areas under the Government declaration of state emergency and priority preventative measures are requested to refrain from visiting.
  • The exhibition room has limits on the number of persons who can enter up to 20.

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【Dear Visitors】

To prevent from the novel corona virus infection, we kindly request refrain from visiting.

  • Visitors who have been in close contact with individuals who have tested positive for Covid-19
  • Visitors who have been to countries or areas that the government has banned entry from as well as visitors who have been those areas.
  • Visitors experiencing cold symptoms (fever and other relatively light cold symptoms like cough and sore throat, including loss of sense of taste and smell) .
  • Wear face masks all times inside the exhibition (optional for visitors under age of 2)
  • Keep adequate distance from other parties around you.

We appreciate your understanding and cooperation.

The Kakuda Space Center (KSPC) leads research and development in rocket engines, which are the hearts of the vehicles that carry satellites into outer space. Since the Kakuda Space Propulsion Laboratory (the former National Aerospace Laboratory of Japan) merged with the Kakuda Propulsion Center (the former National Space Development Agency), the KSPC has played an important role in improving rocket engines.

In addition to the research, development and testing of liquid-propellant engines for the H-IIA and other launch vehicles, the KSPC has also been playing an important role for R&D of an apogee engine for a satellite as well as of a small spherical solid rocket motor. Various research, from basics to applications related to launch vehicle engines turbo pumps, combustors, and nozzles, is also conducted at the KSPC to contribute to improving Japan’s launch vehicle engine technology.
Lately, we are also engaging in development of a compound engine as a future high-performance engine that can be used both on the Earth and in space. Experiments and research by simulating re-entry to the atmosphere are also performed at the KSPC.


1 Koganesawa, Kimigaya, Kakuda-shi, Miyagi 981-1525



Main Facilities

High altitude test stand for development
Integrated feed system test stand (FETS)
High Enthalpy Shock Tunnel (HIEST)
Ramjet Engine Test Facility
High altitude test stand for research use
Cryogenic Advanced Turbopump Test Stand
Reseacher Interchange Bldg

Tours and Exhibits

Models of rocket engine parts, test models of ramjet engines and boards explaining research are on display in the exhibition room. A liquid-fuel rocket engine is exhibited outdoors.


Phone +81-50-3362-7500
Fax +81-224-68-2860


Automated External Defibrillator(AED)
Vending machine
Barrier-free Handicapped stall


Open 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
closed Saturday, Sunday, national holidays(November to March), and New Year Holidays(Dec.29 to Jan.3)
Entrance of pet Guide dog, hearing dog and care dog are permitted.

* Free admission


  • Free parking lot for 25 passenger cars, and four large-sized cars.
  • Baby strollers and wheel chairs: Two wheel chairs are available (free of charge.)
  • No eating is allowed in the building.
  • You can bring your own lunch to eat outside of the building but no litter bin is available.

Important Notice for Tours

* Do not damage any exhibited items or enter any restricted areas.
* No smoking is allowed in the buildings. There are designated smoking areas.
* We do not accept visitors under the influence of alcohol.
* There are no souvenir shop and restaurant.


Space Development Exhibition Room

There are exhibits of rocket and ram jet/RBCC engine components in the exhibition room. There are panels that explain each research and development activity. Free admission.

Video Theater

There are videos about activities of JAXA, space, and rocket.