About 7 places to visit at Tanegashima Space Center
The Tanegashima Space Center (TNSC) is located on Tanegashima Island (Minami-Tane Town) in Kagoshima Prefecture and is one of the most important bases for space development in Japan. The Tanegashima Space Center has many launches.
The Tanegashima Space Center has many launch facilities, and many satellites and space probes have been launched using these launch facilities.
In addition, the launch of the H3 rocket is currently underway, and in the future, manned spacecraft may also be launched.
The Tanegashima Space Center is one of the world's leading centers for space development and plays a very important role in Japan's space program.
Tanegashima Space Center is just a beautiful place, I hope you will come!
Tourists will probably take a commemorative photo in front of this rocket model, but actually...
But actually... it is much more beautiful to take a picture from behind the rocket.
This is exclusive information for those who have seen this site.
If you take a picture of the rocket from the back, you can see a flower field like this.
The planted trees are the logo of "JAXA"
There are many flowers here and there at the Tanegashima Space Center!
It is located on the way to the rocket launch site from the Takesaki area.
The area behind the flower beds is a bit like a park, but if you take the free information bus to the Space Science Museum, you will not stop here.
If you come here by car, please look for it.
Tanegashima Space Center is the most beautiful rocket launch site in the world
The Tanegashima Space Center is considered one of the best rocket launch sites in the world for two main reasons.
- High launch success rate: The success rate of rocket launches at the Tanegashima Space Center is extremely high and is considered one of the highest in the world. This is due to precision technology, strict quality control, and highly safe facilities.
- Launch capabilities for various types of rockets: The Tanegashima Space Center is capable of launching various types of rockets, including the H-IIA, H-IIB, and M-V launch vehicles. In particular, the H-IIA rocket boasts one of the world's best launch records as a commercial rocket. The launch of the H3 rocket is also scheduled, and is greatly anticipated.
The combination of these factors has earned the Tanegashima Space Center a high reputation worldwide. In addition, the Tanegashima Space Center is expected to continue to play an important role as a base for new space development projects.
The world's most beautiful rocket launch site and the world's largest grand door
The "most beautiful launch site in the world" is sometimes mistaken for the "most beautiful parking lot in the world" by tourists, but it is actually a rocket launch site.
The reasons why Tanegashima Space Center is called the most beautiful rocket launch site in the world are as follows.
- Located in a beautiful natural environment: The Tanegashima Space Center is located on Tanegashima Island in Kagoshima Prefecture, surrounded by the ocean and lush green mountains. Therefore, the sight of rockets being launched looks good in harmony with the beautiful scenery.
- Precise facilities are beautifully designed: The Tanegashima Space Center has various facilities, including a launch pad for launching rockets and a rocket assembly facility. These facilities are built with advanced technology and beautifully designed.
- Beautiful launch spectacle: Rocket launches from the Tanegashima Space Center are often launched at night, and the flames and light emitted at launch time create a beautiful spectacle.
These factors combine to make the Tanegashima Space Center the most beautiful rocket launch site in the world.
This beautiful sight also attracts the attention of many people and serves to increase their interest in space development.
Free bus tour of Tanegashima Space Center
The VAB (Vehicle Assembly Building) at the Osaki Large Launch Complex is the world's largest horizontal sliding rocket door, and is listed in the Guinness Book of Records.
To see the launch site including this large door, you need to sign up for a "bus tour" at the Space Science Museum.
The bus tour of the Tanegashima Space Center includes a guided tour of the Osaki launch pad (*), which is not open to the public.
*The course may be subject to change depending on the launch operations, and you may not be able to see the Osaki launch pad or VAB. Photography is not permitted inside the Osaki launch pad.
This bus tour is closed on Mondays, but if you have time, I highly recommend it.
By the way, Uchinoura Space Center, which launches Epsilon rockets and small observation rockets, is loved by the local people and is called "the world's most beloved rocket launch site.
The Tanegashima Space Center Special Open House, held once a year, is highly recommended!
The Tanegashima Space Center holds a special open house once a year.
Most of them are held in May, but check the Tanegashima Space Center's website for details.
PET bottle rockets are a big hit with kids (especially boys, they go crazy for them!)
The materials for making PET bottle rockets are provided by the Space Center, and staff members carefully instruct children who visit the center on how to make rockets from PET bottles from scratch.
The boys are fascinated. When the rockets they make don't fly well, they try again and again.
Dancing is sometimes performed at special openings
The Tanegashima Space Center has special open-house events at Bran, the Space Science Museum, and the Osaki Rocket Launch Complex, so it is a lot of work just to walk around and see them.
Here are just a few examples.
Seven specific places to visit at the Tanegashima Space Center
There are many articles about the Tanegashima Space Center on the Internet, but this site's administrator recommends seven of the best places to visit.
There are other recommendations, but we have not been able to find photos of them, so we will only introduce places that have photos, but anyone can see them.
1. the world's most confusing photo booth
This is a model of a rocket at the Tanegashima Space Center, and is a very popular photo stop for tourists, but the instructions on the "photo stand" there are reputed to be the most difficult to understand in the world.
Here are the instructions next to the camera stand.
The instructions say, "Lift the round stand 2 cm, turn it 5 cm to the left to raise it 15 cm, or lower it, turn it 5 cm to the right to lower it 2 cm.
The instructions are correct, but the wording is a bit confusing.
2. a request at the entrance of the Space Science Museum that makes me laugh somewhat
At the top of the request page of the Science Museum, it says, "Please refrain from entering the museum in nude or bathing suits.
Since it is on Tanegashima Island and the Science Museum is close to the ocean, it is quite possible that this is a problem.
As a side note, the Science Museum is a rare place to get ice cream near the Space Center.
There is also an excellent gelato store a little further away, but if you are afraid of heat stroke in the extremely hot Space Center, it would be better to take a relaxing tour at the Space Science Museum.
3. the stairs with a magnificent view next to the Takezaki Observatory
The Takezaki Observatory is a place where the press and others pack during launches and other events.
Next to the Takezaki Observatory, there are stairs that lead up to the roof of the observatory.
From the rooftop of the Takezaki Observatory, you can enjoy a panoramic view of the Takezaki Fishing Port and the surrounding area, and since you can look out over the ocean in a 270-degree range, it is a rare place where you can enjoy the sunrise and sunset in the same place.
It is not widely known that anyone can climb these stairs if they are not closed by chains.
4. Surprisingly, you may not notice the logo on the wall of the Space Science Museum
If you look closely, you can see the "JAXA logo," "astronaut," "earth," and "rocket" on the wall of the Space Science Museum, but few travelers seem to notice them.
The outer wall is painted not with paint, but with the unevenness of the six sections, and the picture changes depending on the angle of view.
Please take a moment to observe it when you visit the Space Science Museum.
5. the old rocket launch pad at the former Takezaki Rocket Launch Complex, which is rarely visited
Baseball field called Space Field used for remote island Koshien (junior high school students)
Further ahead from the parking lot of the Space Science Museum, there is a baseball field called "Space Field.
Although it is on JAXA's grounds, you can use the baseball field if you submit a "Request for Use" and there are no problems.
Further ahead, the old Takezaki rocket launch site still remains, and further nearby, there is a hole to send the blast to one side, which is peculiar to old rocket launch sites, and there are carefully placed signs, but not many tourists come this far.
It is marked as "closed" on Google Maps, but it is still accessible.
On rare occasions, there may be a few local residents or members of the media who come to see a rocket moving its fuselage or the combustion test of the H3 engine, but usually there is almost no one here.
You can touch the launch pad. If you have time, why don't you go there?
6. let's go up to the Karmori peak
There is a place called "Karmori no Mine" where you can climb up in front of the Science Museum in the Tanegashima Space Center.
It is a little rough, but it takes about 5 to 10 minutes to reach the summit along the mountain path, where you can enjoy a panoramic view of the ocean around the Space Science Center.
Most of the panoramic photos of the Space Science Museum are taken from here.
In the photo, the roof of the Space Science Museum is maroon, but it is now painted blue.
7. night view of Takezaki area at Tanegashima Space Center
First, we will also introduce the night view of the Tanegashima Space Center Takezaki area, which only locals will ever see.
This is the only place where you can take pictures of rockets with the Milky Way in the background.
Summary of 7 places to visit at Tanegashima Space Center
- The photo booth, said to be the most difficult to understand in the world
- A somewhat funny sign at the entrance of the Space Science Museum
- The staircase next to the Takezaki Observatory, where you can see a spectacular view.
- The logo on the wall of the Space Science Museum that you may not notice.
- The old rocket launch pad at the former Takezaki Rocket Launch Complex, which is rarely visited by visitors.
- Let's go up to the Karmori Mine
- Night view of the Takezaki area of the Tanegashima Space Center
There are many places to visit in Tanegashima, and I am sure you will not have enough time, but if you have time to spare, I hope you will have a good time there and make good memories.
Thank you for reading to the end.