Every year during the middle of April, the various research institutes in Tsukuba open up their facilities to public tours. This year, 46 institutes will be open to the public, some on all of the days and others on only specific days. The following list numbers the institutes according to how they appear on the Japanese map available at the Information Center and the Center for Institutes, etc., along with which days they are open to the public.
This is a great opportunity to see what kind of research is being done in Tsukuba, and so you can spend just a short time or the whole day visiting a variety of institutes. Free shuttle buses run regularly around a loop that will take you to all of the institutes open on a specific day. All buses leave from the Tsukuba Bus Center and make a run around a loop route coming back to the center. On Wed., the buses leave at 9:20, 9:50, 10:30, 11:00, 11:40, 12:10, 13:20, 13:40, 14:30, 14:50, and 15:40 stopping at the Agricultural Center 20 minutes later, the Tsukuba Life Science Center 9 minutes after that, JICA 1 minute later, the institutes of agriculture and forestry 10 minutes later, and then back to the Tsukuba Center 60 minutes after it left. On Thurs., two shuttle buses leave the Bus Center, with one bus leaving at 9:40, 10:30, 11:15, 12:30, 13:15, 14:05, and 14:50 going one direction around the loop and the other going in the opposite direction leaving at 9:50, 10:40, 11:25, 12:40, 13:25, 14:15, and 15:00, stopping at 8 stops along the 85-minute route. The two buses will repeat the similar courses on Friday, with the starting times in one direction being 9:50, 10:50, 12:10, 13:10, 14:10, and 15:10 and 10:10, 11:10, 12:10, 13:30, 14:30, and 15:30 for buses going in the opposite direction. If you miss a bus, you can always take the regular bus service for a fee. On Sat., the two shuttle buses leave the Bus Center, with one bus leaving at 9:50, 11:00, 12:30, 13:40, 14:50, and 15:55 going southbound stopping 5 times and another bus going to the north leaving at 9:50, 10:40, 11:30, 13:00, 13:40, 14:35, 15:35, and 16:10.
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