Bandai-Asahi National Park

Jododaira Astronomical Observatory

Starry skies and outdoor adventures at Japan’s highest public observatory

The Jododaira Astronomical Observatory (1,600 m) is the highest public observatory in Japan. Here you can enjoy unobstructed views of starry skies, either with the naked eye or through one of the observatory’s powerful telescopes. There is minimum light pollution at this location, and the high altitude means that you are often above the cloud cover. Summer is the best season to view shooting stars and meteor showers.

The observatory offers guided snowshoe treks and alpine skiing tours during the spring as snow tends to linger at this high altitude. In early summer, alpine plants brighten up the mountain slopes, and visitors can join a guided trek or sign up for a nature photography class in fall.

activity   stargazing  
Open 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Evening opening hours Wednesdays and Saturdays between mid-May and end of October (closed on rainy and cloudy nights); 8:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. (June, July, August); 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. (May, September, October); closed when the Bandai-Azuma Skyline is closed
Cost Inquire for details
Foreign Languages Museum guide tablets available in multiple languages
Address Jododaira area, Washikurayama, Tsuchiyuonsen-machi, Fukushima-shi, Fukushima-ken
Phone (+81) 0242-64-2108
Website (JP)

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