The theme is, “See, touch, and enjoy everything,” and that’s exactly what you can do there. It has one of the world’s largest planetariums and is filled with interactive, experience-oriented science exhibits that make learning about science fun.
Tsukuba Expo Center is accessible by walking.
From Tsukuba Station, it is a 10 minutes walk.
The Tsukuba Expo Center’s two stories of high-tech wonders is full of experience-based exhibits. They include the Air Bazooka, which shoots cannon-like blasts of air; KAZ, a futuristic high-speed electric car developed by Keio University; Sun Cruiser, a simulation of a trip to the sun; Yurugi-Ishi, which shows you how to move a 50-ton stone through human force alone; and much, much more.
The most impressive feature of the Tsukuba Expo Center is its massive planetarium. State-of-the-art digital projections reproduce a night sky full of stars on the 25.6-meter diameter dome. There are several programs each day and English is available.
Other items on display include the 50-meter tall H-II Launch Vehicle that went into space five times in the 90s. You can also see a vehicle used to clear snow in Antarctica and a JT-60 Vacuum Vessel that’s used in nuclear fission energy generation.
Tsukuba Expo Center is especially great for getting kids excited about science. Through hands-on experiments and interactive presentations, they can learn all about global warming, space exploration, life science, the depths of the ocean, and more.