Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)

Southern Ibaraki


The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) opened in 2003. In addition to the research, development, and launching of satellites, JAXA is responsible for Japan's space exploration missions, including asteroid explorations.
Tsukuba City is home to JAXA's Tsukuba Space Center. This facility is at the heart of space research and exploration in Japan. It is also responsible for research and development on satellites, rockets, and tracking and controlling satellites in operation. Astronaut training and communication with the International Space Station (ISS) even occur here!
Visitors to JAXA can see actual-size models of the H-II Launch Vehicle (an actual flight model) and satellites. Tours of the facility occur five times a day at 10:00, 11:00, 13:00, 14:00, and 15:00 (English tours are available with advanced booking). Tours take approximately 75 minutes.


2-1-1 Sengen, Tsukuba City
10-minute bus ride from Tsukuba Station on the Tsukuba Express Line
Business Hours
Business Hours
Space Dome Exhibition Area: 9:30-17:00
Planet Cube Special Exhibition Space & Shop: 10:00-16:00
Closed December 29 to January 3
TEL: 029-868-2023
Free admission


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