Blackcabbit (aka. Dionnie Takahashi) is an illustrator living in Japan. She loves drawing whimsical animal characters, as well as doing handmade crafts to beautify the world she lives in.
Yesterday was Umi no Hi (Marine Day / 海の日), a public holiday in Japan. Instead of heading to the beach, we went to JAXA Tsukuba Space Center in Ibaraki Prefecture for a little space adventure, and to escape the summer heat. The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) has two areas that are open to the public (i.e. Planet Cube and the Space Dome). Admission is free if you do not require any guided tour, which is perfect for us since our kids are too small to understand, and will be easily bored with the guided tour anyway.
We spent most of our visit at the Space Dome. As someone who is clueless about space travel, I think I speak for myself when I say that there was not much to look at. I was expecting a lot more exhibits. However, my husband and kids think otherwise. They were really excited and were busy interacting with the exhibits…
And collecting all the JAXA Souvenir Stamps…
Found these space food at the Museum Shop, I was so tempted to buy and try.
Self-Guided Tour: Free
Guided Tour (Advanced reservations required): ¥500 for adults
See Official Information Guide here.
Center Opening Hours:
10:00 am – 17:00 pm
Closed on Mondays*
(*Excluding national holidays on Mondays and vacation seasons.
Please double-check the official website for closing dates.)
Free parking lot for 50 cars
2-1-1 Sengen, Tsukuba-shi, Ibaraki 〒305-8505
See access on official website.