Yoichi Space Museum 余市宇宙記念館
A museum dedicated to Japan's first astronaut, space technology, and the mysteries of space
Yoichi is the hometown of Mamoru Mohri, a scientist and the first Japanese astronaut. He went on his first space mission in 1992, and a space dome was made to celebrate this. It has a lot of information on the cosmos and scale models. Yoichi Space Museum is a facility adjoining the Space Apple Yoichi Roadside Station.
- Watching the space show in the Digital Planetarium
- Checking out the life-size model of the International Space Station Kibo laboratory
- Visiting Mohri Memorial Hall to learn more about Mohri and what he did
How to Get There
Drive along national Highway 229, and you will find the museum at the junction of national highways 5 and 229.
Watch movies and the stars
The museum has many exhibits that adults and children can enjoy. The Digital Planetarium uses computer graphics to project the star-filled sky onto the inside wall of the air dome, and you can watch movies in the 2041 Solar System Mission 3D Theater.
The museum also has a 1:20-scale model of the International Space Station, a 3:4-scale Hubble Space Telescope, and a life-size model of the International Space Station Kibo laboratory, where Japanese astronauts Naoko Yamazaki and Soichi Noguchi stayed. You can also buy space food at the gift shop if you want to try something a little different.