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Usage guidance

  • About Seiwa Plateau Astronomical Observatory

    Seiwa Plateau Astronomical Observatory is located at an altitude of 700 m, where you can see the beautiful stars with clear air.
    You can enjoy Mt Aso the north side and the 1000 m class Kyushu Mountains on the south side, and enjoy the best location.
    In bright times, the voices of wild birds (cuckoos, warblers, hototogis, pheasants, etc.) also echo.
    At dusk you may meet higashi, and at night you may encounter rabbits, deer, wild boars, foxes, etc.
    • Background of the founding

      In November 1987, a newspaper article reported that the staff of the Kumamoto Prefectural Observatory succeeded in taking a photo of Comet Bradfield in the current Imuta Highlands.
      It as an opportunity, altitude as high as 700m, as the place where favorable conditions are met of astronomical observations, such as that there is no light pollution is not clear the air, 1988 (1988) The 1st Kyushu Star Festa in the Former Asahi Elementary School The 1st Kyushu Star Festa"was held and many astronomical fans came to visit every year.
      The Former Seiwa Village Office Seiwa Plateau Astronomical Observatory started the construction of the Seiwa Plateau Astronomical Observatory because it would help revitalize the area, and the long-awaited observatory opened in April 1993.Yukio Miyamoto was the first president.In 2018, the company celebrated its 25th anniversary.
  • Opening hours, closed days, calendar

    • ★★★

      【Opening hours】
      From 14:00 to 22:00

      【closing day】
      Tuesday(Open during GW, Obon, New Year's holidays)

      【Upon arrival】
      ・Please prepare warm clothes as the night of the Seiwa Plateau cools down even in summer.Be sure to bring warm clothes in winter.
      ・In winter, please come with winter tires on your car.
      ・Animals such as deer and wild boars may pop out on the night road from National Route 218 to the observatory.
      Please come at a speed that can avoid collisions.
  • Astronomical observation party

    • ★★★

      ・Spring Autumn 19:00 to 22:00(First time:From 19:00 Second time:From 20:00)
      ・Summer 20:00 to 22:00(First time:From 20:00 Second time:From 21:00)
      ・Winter 18:30 to 21:30(First time:From 18:30 Second time:From 19:30)
      *The time may be changed or canceled depending on the season and weather.Please understand.
      *The last reception is 40 minutes before closing.

      【Observation fee】
      High school students and above:510 yen/Elementary and junior high school students:300 yen/Preschooler:Free

      【The number of people per one time】
      About 20 people

      【Observation time per time】
      About 40 to 50 minutes

      ・Please make a reservation in advance.
      ・See "How to make a reservation" below.
  • School and group tours

    We also accept schools and organizations such as social studies tours and club activities.
    We are preparing for daytime sun observation, workshops, starry sky guidance using simulation software, etc.
    Please contact us by email or phone.
    • ★★★

      【Visit menu】
      ・Starry sky guidance on a personal computer simulator(20 minutes)
      ・Large telescope visit(20 minutes)
      ・Solar glass making and solar observation(Half an hour)
      ・Constellation quick board making(Half an hour)

      【Visit fee】
      It depends on the age of participants and the tour menu.Please contact us in advance.

      ・Please apply in advance.
      ・See "How to make a reservation" below.
  • How to make a reservation

    • Please fill in the following contents and apply from the email address below the top page.

      ◆In case of observation reservation

      【Preferred date】
      【Desired time】  Hour
      【Your name / Kana】
      【Contact TEL】
      【Contact email address】
      【The number of participants】  Man(High school students and above Man/Elementary school-aged children Man/Preschooler)

      ◆For group tour reservations

      【Preferred date】
      【Desired time】  Hours to hours
      【Group name / school name】
      【Representative name and kana】
      【Contact TEL】
      【Contact email address】
      【The number of participants】  Man(student Man,Leader)
      【Desired tour menu】