Yoichi Space Museum
In the home town of Astronaut Mamoru Mohri,
learn about space technology and the mysteries of space
Yoichi Space Dome is a facility adjoining the "Space Apple Yoichi" roadside station (road facility which combines a regional promotion facility and rest facility registered by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism). It opened in 1992, here in the home town of Mamoru Mohri, the first Japanese scientist who became a NASA Astronaut.
It has many facilities built to spark interest in space. Both adults and children can especially enjoy the "Digital Planetarium" in which computer graphics are used to project a starry sky on the inside wall of the air dome, and the "2041 Solar System Mission" 3D Theater. It also has huge facilities: a 1/20 scale model of the International Space Station, a 3/4 scale Hubble Space Telescope, and a life-size model of the International Space Station Kibo laboratory where Japanese Astronauts Naoko Yamazaki and Soichi Noguchi stayed. The "Mohri Memorial Hall" shows the achievements of Mamoru Mohri. These give you a feeling of the life astronauts experience in space. You can buy space food at a shop on the site. It's interesting to try these new foods.
Address: 6-4-1 Kurokawa-cho, Yoichi-cho, Hokkaido
Hours open to visitors: Third Saturday in April to November 30
9:00 to 18:00 (Final entry 16:30)
Admission Fee: Adults (high school and older) 500 yen, children (elementary and junior high students) 300 yen, younger children free
Closed: Mondays (closed next day if that Monday is a holiday)
Directions: About a 5 minute walk from JR Hakodate Main Line, Yoichi Station (1 hour 45 minutes from New Chitose Airport)