In this article, we would like to introduce the new planetarium at the Minato Science Museum. Using the latest technology, you can see the beautiful starry sky of Tokyo – or how you would see it – and experience a powerful visual adventure!
The Minato Science Hall Planetarium
Since we are still in the middle of a pandemic, to experience the planetarium at the Minato Science Museum, you need to make a reservation by phone in advance. When you arrive at the museum, please purchase your ticket at the ticket machine on the first floor.
At the planetarium, you not only get to see an amazing night sky, but also a movie. Currently, the planetarium is showing three movies. In the morning, “Makuma’s Space Adventure -Summer Constellations-” for families with small children, in the afternoon “A Minato City a Portrait in Time and Starry Sky Walk” astonishes the viewers with gorgeous scenes shot with a drone over Minato Ward, and in the evening “HAYABUSA 2 ~ REBORN” a perfect mixture of science and the fascinating journey of a Japanese spacecraft traveling through space.
Enter the planetarium and gaze upon the Tokyo night sky
The planetarium is on the second floor of the large sphere. For me, it was the first time to visit a planetarium. I was really surprised when I sat down: the plushy seats had a reclining function that allows you to get in the perfect position to look at the projections.
The projector in the middle of the planetarium hall is equipped with a state-of-the-art optical projector called “ORPHEUS” and a spherical lens. This makes it possible to project 4K quality images and more than 8 million stars!
When the show finally starts, the white ceiling turns into a starry sky. A commentator explains the starry sky and seasonal stars and planets you would be seeing that day (if it was pitch black outside). The Japanese explanations were very interesting, but even if you don’t speak Japanese, you still get to see the beautiful night sky. In my opinion, that alone is worth a visit. After the explanation, the movie starts.
A mesmerizing night sky followed by a fascinating movie
I watched “HAYABUSA 2 -REBORN”. It’s the story of the Japanese space mission of Hayabusa 2, a spacecraft that is trying to collecting stone samples of the asteroid Ryugu. The story about the research team (never shown in the video) trying to solve the mystery of the origin of the universe made me deeply think about the inquiring spirit of us humans. I didn’t expect it, but I was deeply moved by the story and the powerful images!
Interested in going on a journey to space? Please come and see today’s starry sky!
Minato Science Museum
General Admission is free!
3-6-9 Toranomon, Minato-ku, Tokyo
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Nearest Stations: Toranomon Hills Station, Kamiyacho Station, Toranomon Station, Roppongi-itchome Station
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Please note that admission is restricted to prevent the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). The planetarium experience requires an advance reservation. In addition, some exhibits might not be available. For more information, please visit the official website or check this PDF (in Japanese): https://minato-kagaku.tokyo/common/pdf/0710.pdf
Read more about the Minato Science Museum’s exhibition area in our previous article!