Science Facility & Factory Tours

Science Facility & Factory Tours

With convenient transportation by land, sea, and air, Ibaraki is home to various kinds of factories and national science technology research facilities, and 25 of them are open to the public. In particular, the city of Tsukuba is a center of science research facilities, and nearly 20,000 researchers are engaged in top level research there.
           

Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) (Tsukuba City)

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) is Japan's national space agency and specialises in the research and development of space related technologies. See actual-size satellites and rocket engine models in the exhibition halls or take a guided tour (available in English with advance reservation). If you're after souvenirs, why not pick up some 'space food' or other everyday products developed for use in space from the gift shop.

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Tsukuba Expo Centre (Tsukuba City)

Visitors can learn about the latest cutting-edge technology and chemistry through the easy-to-understand, interactive exhibits at Tsukuba EXPO Centre. Highlights include models of deep sea research submarines and an actual-size HI rocket, as well as the state-of-the-art planetarium, one of the world's largest.

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Tsukuba Science Tour (Tsukuba City)

Tsukuba City is a centre of cutting-edge research and technology development in Japan, and around 50 of its research facilities are open to the public. The Tsukuba Science Tour Bus provides convenient access to many of these facilities. Whatever field of research you’re interested in, Tsukuba has something for you. Guided tours available.

 

Cyberdyne Studio (Tsukuba City)

Cyberdyne Studio develops state-of-the-art robotics technologies including robot suits. Visitors have the opportunity to try on a HAL (Hybrid Assistive Limb) wearable robot suit (paid). Before trying on the suit visitors also have the chance to learn more about the HAL through an original film shown on a 270° seamless screen. 

Mentai Park (Oarai Town)

Mentaiko is cod roe marinaded in chili and other secret ingredients for a spicy kick. Mentaiko is extremely popular in Japan and features in everything from onigiri rice balls to pasta sauce and even sweets! At Kanefuku Mentai Park in Oarai, visitors can observe the production process and sample freshly-made mentaiko at the on-site cafe. The souvenir shop also sells a variety of mentaiko products not available anywhere else!

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Asahi Brewery (Moriya City)

The Asahi Brewery in Moriya provides guided tours that allow visitors to explore how Asahi beers such as Asahi Super Dry are produced. The tour begins with a promotional film and finishes with three glasses of freshly-poured beer of your choice of soft drink. Asahi Super Dry, Japan’s first dry beer, is one of Japan’s most popular beers. 

 

Sake Breweries

Thanks to the rich natural environment, especially its pure water and high-quality rice, Ibaraki is home a variety of excellent sake breweries. Each of the prefecture’s 42 sake breweries has its own unique flavours and varieties of sake just waiting to be discovered. 

 

Yakult Factory (Goka Town)

The world famous pro-biotic yoghurt drink, Yakult, is produced right here in this factory in Goka. Watch the entire production process up close on the factory tour and sample freshly-made, healthy Yakult drinks.