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Space Museum of Tanegashima Space Center

Most of Japan's rockets and artificial satellites are launched from the Tanegashima Space Center.

The Tanegashima Space Center was established along the southeast coastline of Tanegashima Island, disturbing the natural landscape as little as possible; it is a rocket launch site with some of the most beautiful scenery in the world.


The Space Museum, opened in August 1979 as Japan's first full-scale space development museum.

For a deeper understanding of space development, the museum exhibits shows the relations between space and humankind, and the mechanism of launch vehicles and satellites as well as the unique characteristics of JAXA's rockets in a visually comprehensive manner.


A life-size mockup of the H-II, a 100% made-in-Japan large-size launch vehicle developed as a result of lengthy, desperate efforts by Japanese engineers, is on display outside in the lawn area of the Takesaki Range as a symbol of the center.


The mockup is displayed horizontally so that visitors can feel closer to space development and can deepen their understanding by touching the mockup, realizing the size of the launch vehicle, and feeling its dynamism. 


[ Exhibits ]
■ Open
9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. in July and August)

■ Closed
Every Monday and Tuesdays following long weekends (substitute holidays) and Dec. 29 to Jan. 1.

* The center is occasionally closed owing to rocket launches, and other reasons without prior notice.

High Speed Boat (Yakushima Island / Tanegashima Island)

Two high speed boats, Toppy and ROCKET, operate between Kagoshima and Yakushima Island and Tanegashima Island (no difference between the two types of boats in terms of conditions).



The shortest travel time between Kagoshima and Miyanoura Port (on Yakushima Island) is about 1 hour 45 minutes, and there are seven trips per day (including stop-overs).


The stop-over trips include a stop at Tanegashima Island (famous for its Space Center), and Ibusuki (known for the Ibusuki Steamed Sand Bath, the one and only in the world)

Toppy & ROCKET High Speed Boat >>  (** Japanese only)

[ Getting there ] 
Kagoshima Honko South Pier Traveller's Terminal
(Kagoshima Honko, Minami-futo Kosokusen Ryokyaku Terminal)
>> 20 minute from JR Kagoshima Chuo Station, alight at Kosokusen Terminal.

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