Cosmo Planetarium Shibuya

Explore our galaxy at this conveniently located venue

By Kim    - 2 min read

There are a number of great planetariums in the Tokyo area, and one of them is Cosmo Planetarium Shibuya. Located just a short walk from Shibuya Station, the venue hosts a variety of themed programs relating to our galaxy, including material geared towards both adults and children.

The projection schedule can be found on the planetarium's official website, and at the time of writing there are several programs available. A children's program is available on weekends and includes a cartoon representation of Hachiko teaching children about our universe, answering questions like "how big is the universe?" and "what types of stars are there?". This program runs until July 10th, but should be succeeded by another children's themed program.

Other programs available at present include "Starry Night", which pairs relaxing music with projections of starry skies in Hokkaido and Okinawa, and a more energetic program combining music from Japanese rock band Acidman with glimpses of our galaxy. You can see a preview of the Acidman program in the video below.

Something to keep in mind if you're planning a visit here is that the programs are available in Japanese only. Even without Japanese language comprehension there is still plenty to enjoy, but expectation management is important.

Admission to Cosmo Planetarium Shibuya is priced at a reasonable ¥ 600 for adults, and ¥ 300 for elementary and junior high school aged students. Children under elementary school age receive free admission.

Getting there

Cosmo Planetarium Shibuya is located just 5 minutes on foot from the west exit of Shibuya Station. The station is served by various lines including the Tokyo Metro's Ginza, Hanzomon, and Fukutoshin lines, the JR Yamanote line, and the Keio Inokashira line.

For those who opt to drive, please note that there is no dedicated parking lot for the planetarium. Numerous paid lots can be found in the surrounding area.

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Sleiman Azizi 2 weeks ago
Planetariums are not uncommon in Tokyo though, admittedly, I don't recall hearing about this one. Ouch!
Sleiman Azizi 2 weeks ago
Yes, yes I noticed that. Very convenient.