Koriyama City Fureai Science Space Park - Fukushima, Japan


Koriyama City Fureai Science Space Park is popular sightseeing place in Koriyama where is city in Fukushima prefecture. If you would like to visit Aizu Wakamatsu, you have to connect the train or bus at Koriyama Station. Koriyama City Fureai Science Space Park covers the space of 20th to 24th floor of Big-I building. The space theaters are on the 23rd and 24th floors. The Space Park’s planetarium received a Guinness world record as the highest planetarium in the world in January 2002.


Photo: Koriyama City Fureai Science Space Park Website


Access

By Train

From Tokyo Station

Take Shinkansen Yamabiko to Koriyama Station. Seat reservation is not required. Duration is 80-100 minutes. Get off at West Exit and walk 2-3 minutes.


Shinkansen Yamabiko

By Bus

1. Japan Bus Online

Visit Japan Bus Online, select express bus and choose the departure and destination. It takes almost 5 hours from Tokyo Station to Koriyama Station. 

2. JR Bus

Visit and check bus timetable and fare on JR Bus Kanto website. The bus departs from Shinjuku Expressway Bus Terminal. 

Let's see where Koriyama is.


Map: JR East
Bus Stops Number in front of Koriyama Station.


Bus Stop Guide: Koriyama Universal Sightseeing Guide
I had already checked the program timetable on website so I had lunch before visiting the planetarium. As I had luggage so I looked for the locker in Koriyama Station. There are a lot lockers here. My luggage size is 25-inch so coin locker fee is 600 yen. I think fee seems quite high comparing with other stations (500 yen). It requires 6 coins of 100 yen so I must exchange the coin. Go to the souvenir shop, follow the map in front of the locker. Coins exchanging is free of charge.  


The restaurants are on the 1st and 2nd floor. 



After finished lunch, I walked through S-Pal Department Store to Big-i Building. Koriyama City Fureai Science Space Park is located at Big-i Building, next to S-Pal Koriyama Department Store. Take the elevator to 22nd Floor to buy the ticket.


Arrived 22nd floor, turned right to buy the ticket from vending machine. There are 2 zones which are space theater and permanent exhibition. The ticket is sold separately. I bought only space theater ticket so the price was 400 yen.



Admission Fees

Permanent exhibits
Space Theater
Adults ¥400 ¥400
High school & college students ¥300 ¥300
Elem. & jun. high school students. ¥200 ¥200
Pre - school children & senior FREE ¥100 (*2)
citizens (65 or over)


Space Theater Program Timetable


Weekdays
Sat., Sun., holidays
1st screening 10:15 11:00
2nd 11:30 12:30
3rd 14:00 14:00
4th 15:30 15:30
5th - 17:00
6th(*1) 19:00 19:00


*1 Only on Fridays (except national holidays)




Opening Hours

Space Theater Weekdays 10:00-16:15 (Last admission 15:30)
Fridays 10:00-19:45 (Last admission 19:30)
Sat., Sun., holidays 10:00-17:45 (Last admission 17:00)

Exhibit Zone 10:00-17:45 (Last admission 17:00)

Observation lobby 10:00-20:00 (Last admission 19:30)

The program of space theater is always updated. Please check the program on website.
The duration of each program is 45 minutes. 

Floor Guide:

20F: Learning Zone -> Participants will experience science, using PC making craft with your own design.

21F: Exhibit Zone 

Exhibit Zone: Space Park Website
22F: Observation Lobby

You can buy the ticket, pick up brochure, buy souvenirs, and see panorama view on this floor. After I bought the ticket, I still had some time to look around.


Panorama View


I could see Koriyama Station.



23F-24F: Space Theater 

Bought the ticket on the 22nd floor, take elevator or stairs to 23rd floor. 

Photography inside the space theater is not allowed so I use photo of space park website. Seat is first come, first served. I recommend to select the seat on the top. You should arrive the gate 15 minutes before the time. The presentation is in Japanese. I selected the afternoon program and after the lunch, of course, I fell asleep. If you came with your family especially have kids, they may love it. The staff gave small gift to the kid in front of the entrance gate.  

The program timetable, click here.

Photo: Koriyama City Fureai Science Space Park Website



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