Kakuda Space Center is located in Miyagi Prefecture. It is an actual JAXA (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency) facility which researches how to take humans and technology into the depths of space. Also on weekdays it displays public exhibitions of rockets and engine parts. The best time to go is during their biannual open houses during Science Week in April and around Space Day on September 12. During this time additional research facilities are opened, tours are given, and you can participate in activities such as sampling space food or building a water rocket. Enjoy the pictures from a previous open house.
More information can be found on their English website: https://global.jaxa.jp/about/centers/kspc/index.html
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Justin Velgus (ジャスティン ベルガス) is a long-term resident and promoter in the Tohoku region. He has been a content producer for JapanTravel.com since 2012 and was the Miyagi Prefecture Regional Partner 2013-2015. Justin’s over 300 published travel and culture articles come from a background of studying in Akita, teaching English in Miyagi through the JET Program, and working for the government in Fukushima. He lives in the gyutan capital of the world, Sendai. Justin is an expert in local culture and history. He was the first foreign volunteer at Sendai City Museum and regularly advises the local volunteer guide group GOZAIN , which he is a veteran member, on guiding techniques and hidden locations in the city even locals don't know about. In his free time he enjoys delivering original walking tours, such as his Dark Sendai Tour (ghost tour) or Kokubuncho Mystery Tour (redlight district tour). Justin is also a Certified Sake Professional.