Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Robotics Notes - Tanegashima Space Center Tour

While at Tanegashima Space Center, I also took the free tour they offered since you get to see some more locations seen in Robotics;Notes.

Tour bus. There's tours 3 times a day.

I got into the 13:30 tour. It's best to call ahead to reserve a seat. I originally wanted to take the tour on the day before, but all the tours were full then.

Image from Episode 12 - 03m30s

The first stop on the tour is the Rocket Garage. This is where they make GunBuild-2 in the anime. I've marked the location of this building in the map below since you can get a picture of the outsides even if you don't get into the tour.

Image from Episode 16 - 04m46s

The Robot Research Club inside the building.

Image from Episode 12 - 04m02s

The overhead cranes here are the same.

They have the H-II number 7 rocket on display here, so no free space for building robots in real life.

Insides of the second stage of the rocket.

LE-7 rocket engine.

Image from Episode 20 - 16m09s

On the way to the next stop I got this picture of the launch control room building.

Image from Episode 22 - 00m37s

This is launch pad 1 at the Yoshinobu launch complex, the second stop of the tour.

Image from Episode 22 - 04m16s

Reverse view towards the vehicle assembly building.

Image from Episode 22 - 11m08s

You're not allowed to get out of the bus here, but you can open the windows and get pictures.

Image from Episode 20 - 20m21s

The last stop was the range control center. It's not shown in the anime, but it looks slightly similar to the launch control room which you couldn't visit.

I also checked out the cafeteria while here.

I got the katsudon fried pork cutlet bowl.

And I visited the space center museum too.

Lots of stuff on display including rocket models.

A satellite.

And an international space station model.

They also had a Space Brothers cardboard cutout.

And a signed Galaxy Express 999 framed poster.

Lots of space food in the museum shop.

Image from Episode 21 - 18m21s

No space candy though. The closest thing I could find were these lollipops.

I bought some rocket pens as a souvenir. You can also see the English handouts for the bus tour and the bag from the museum shop in this picture.

Location map:

This location was visited on 2018/03/29.

Space Center tour official website

Special thanks to the ones who went here before:

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