Science Square Tsukuba is a museum that highlights some of the exciting research that is happening at the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST). You might think that a museum about research would be boring, but that is not the case for Science Square Tsukuba. At this museum, you can get a sense of what life will be like in the near future. It's almost like going to a science fiction museum, but in this case, it is science fact—or soon to be fact! The best part about this museum is that you are allowed to touch and interact with some of the displays.
Here are some of the exhibits you can see at Science Square Tsukuba.
- Meet Paro, the therapeutic robot. He is shaped like a baby harp seal and responds to your touch just like a real animal. He is used in pet therapy sessions at pediatric wards and homes for the elderly.
- Try out the Aimulet, a battery-less information terminal that gives you relevant information about the displays you are looking at.
- Learn about microfactories, a new concept in environmentally-friendly manufacturing. See the desktop hanko (signature seal) factory that makes the idea of the microfactory easy to understand.
- See how light can be used to purify air and water. This is a revolutionary concept that uses the photocatalystic properties of titanium dioxide to turn harmful materials into more benign ones.
- Find out the exact measurements of your feet. A short, simple scan of your foot can give you your actual foot size, including length, width, thickness, and other dimensions. Maybe one day we can all have shoes that are tailored to our actual foot sizes!
- Open: 9:30am to 5pm (Tuesday to Sunday)
- Closed: Mondays (When Monday is a national holiday, the museum is open on the Monday and closed on the following Tuesday.)
There are 90 minute tours starting at 10am and 2pm.
- 305-8561, Higashi 1-1-1, AIST Tsukuba Central 1
- Science Square Tsukuba is in AIST Tsukuba Central, which is located on the west side of Higashi Odori, north of Route 354 (Noda-sen, where the Cineplex is), and south of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA). The closest bus stops are Namiki 2-chome (Kanto Tetsudo Bus) and Namiki Ohashi (Highway Bus from Tokyo).