Tsukuba Expo Center
People can enjoy learning about the latest science and technology through one of the world's largest planetariums and experience-based exhibits.
Tsukuba Expo '85 Memorial FoundationTsukuba Science City is located at the center of Tukuba-shi, Ibaraki. An International Science and Technology Exposition, "Science Exposition-Tsukuba Expo '85," was held there in 1985. Tsukuba Expo Center is a museum of science which was built on the occasion of the exposition.
The theme of this facility is "See, touch, and enjoy learning." There are many experience-based exhibits, such as "Air Bazooka," which shoots air like a bullet, "Sun Cruiser," enabling you to have a simulated travel to the sun with overwhelming stereoscopic images and sounds, and "Yurugiishi," enabling you to move a 50 t stone. Therefore, people of all ages enjoy getting close to science here.
The chief feature of Tsukuba Expo Center is one of the world's largest planetariums. A realistic, beautiful starry sky is reflected on a dome with a diameter of 25.6 m by using a state-of-the-art digital projector. Even those who are not good at science and math will become much more interested in science. Please visit Tsukuba Expo Center.
Address: 2-9 Aduma, Tsukaba City, Ibaraki
Hours open to visitors: 09:50-17:00 (weekdays in December and January: 09:50-16:30, admission until 30 minutes before closing)
Admission Fee: \800 (18 years old and older), \400 (4 years old-high school age) *free entry for children 3 years old or younger free. If you have a planetarium ticket, then you can buy an admission ticket for to the exhibit area only for half price.
Closed: Mondays (the following day if Monday is a national holiday), the last Tuesday of every month, and year-end and New Year holidays. *The planetarium may be temporarily closed during the replacement of the planetarium program
Directions: (Train) 5 minutes on foot from Tsukuba Station on the Tsukuba Express Line (about 1 hour from Tokyo Station). (Car) 15 minutes from Sakura-Tsuchiura Interchange on the Joban Expressway (There is a toll parking lot).