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Tsukuba Expo Center
In 1985, an International Exposition was held in Tsukuba, Ibaraki, and 20,330,000 visitors were mesmerized by cutting-edge science technology. Tsukuba Expo Center was established at the same time as the expo as the source of Japanese science technology. This is still a popular spot where many people visit from all over the world. In the center, there are sections called the Science Zone, where you can visit one of the largest planetariums and learn science through experience, and Energy Zone, where they explain about energy technology in an easy-to-understand way. At this center, people of all ages can enjoy while learning about cutting-edge science.
- 2-9 Azuma, Tsukuba-shi, Ibaraki
- Contact No.
- 5-min walk from A2 Exit, Tsukuba Station on Tsukuba Express
- Opening Hours / Holidays
Closed: Mondays (Closes on the next day if Monday is holiday)
- Official Website
- Time Required
- Half a day
- Admission fee
- 410 yen for Adults (Admission Fee with planetarium 820 yen), 210 yen for Children (Admission Fee with planetarium 410 yen)
※ Some information is displayed in Japanese and machine-translated English, which may not be accurate.
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The most popular highlight of Tsukuba Expo Center is the planetarium, one of the largest in the world. Glittering stars spreading into the 25-meter diameter dome is breathtaking. The actual galaxy with 1.5 million stars that is observed during that day and at that time are displayed.
Omoshiro Science Zone
In Omoshiro Science Zone, Omoshiro means exciting in Japanese, there are experience-based exhibits about electricity and power, such as a treadmill that generates electricity and an air gun which shoots air bullets. Since they introduce science in a enjoyable and simple way, this area is popular especially among kids.
In Energy Zone, they reveal how energy is created by the power of water, thermal and nuclear as well as the mystery of the universe and planets. Of the exhibitions, the 3D theater “Sun Cruiser” is especially popular. You can experience a simulated trip in space to the sun with 3D video and spectacular sound system.
The Forest of Creation
The exhibition room that reminds you of the space station is called Forest of Creation. They introduce cutting-edge science technology such as nano technology, nuclear fusion and investigation of the deep sea. These technologies are what Japan is currently researching, so you can learn how it will effect the world in the future.