The Sendai Astronomical Observatory opened in 1955 in Sendai's Nishi Park. It was then relocated to its current location at Nishikigaoka and reopened on July 1, 2008. Visitors can feel closer to the universe through the planetarium, where you can enjoy the stars in the sky and impressive images, the 1.3 meter-diameter Hitomi Telescope, and the Exhibition Room, one of the largest astronomical museums in Japan. Drinks such as "hoshizora cider" and light meals are also available at the Sora Café opened in May 2021.
*Please check the official website for the latest information.
- Set ticket (Planetarium + Exhibition Room): Adult: 1,000 yen; High school student: 610 yen; Elementary & middle school student: 400 yen, etc.
- Opening Times
- 9:00-17:00 (until 21:30 on Saturdays *Exhibition Room open until 17:00)
[Sora Café] 11:00-17:00
- Wednesdays and the 3rd Tuesday of the month (or the weekday following a national holiday), year-end and New Year holidays (Dec. 29 - Jan. 3) *Open during long school holidays
- Approximately 30 minutes from Sendai Station or 10 minutes from Sendai-Miyagi Interchange on the Tohoku Expressway via Route 48
〇Ayashi Kanko Bus bound for Nishikigaoka
Sendai Station West Exit No. 52 stop→Get off at the Nishikigaoka 7-chome Kita, Observatory Entrance stop→5-minute walk
〇Takeya Kotsu Akiu-Kawasaki Sendai Seibu Liner
Sendai Station West Exit No. 63 stop → Sendai Astronomical Observatory → short walk
*The bus stops at the Sendai Astronomical Observatory only on the days the observatory is open.
[JR + Bus]
Get off at Ayashi Station (JR Senzan Line)
Transfer to the bus bound for Nishikigaoka, and get off at the Ayashi Ekimae bus stop → Nishikigaoka 7-chome Kita, Tenmondai Iriguchi bus stop → walk
- Car Park
- Regular vehicles, small- and medium-sized buses 125 spaces (including 5 for disabled persons), 6 large buses (by reservation only), 16 motorcycles, 32 bicycles
- Official Website
- Reviews (TripAdvisor)
- Sendai Astronomical Observatory
- Telephone Number