The National Institute of Environmental Studies (NIES) will hold its annual Summer Open House on July 22, 2006 from 9:30am to 4pm. (Reception will close at 3pm.) This is the first weekend of the summer holidays, so we are expecting a lot of visitors!
Many facilities on the Onogawa campus will be open to the public. There will be three speeches (in Japanese).
(1) How many crows are there? The difficulty of counting living things.
(2) Long, hot rainy seasons?! Japanese summers in 50 years
(3) Sustainable transportation in Tsukuba
You will see exhibits of living creatures that play a vital role in environmental issues (lightning bugs, stag beetles, creatures from the sea, etc.), you can try to power a television with a bicycle, and you can do a water taste test. You can also choose Tsukuba's eight best scenes and drive an eco-friendly electric car (if you have a valid license). A total of fifteen facilities will be open to the public, including the Climate Change Research Hall, the Environmental Risk Research Hall, and the Research Laboratory of Material Cycles and Waste Management.
No need to apply. Just come on the day! (If you are planning on bringing a group of 15 people or more, please let us know so we can help you plan your day.)
There will be English Guided Tours of NIES in the morning (10:30) and the afternoon (2:00).
Visitors to the Open House will receive original NIES cloth shopping bags and a fan made of recycled paper. Also, if you fill out a survey, you will receive a pen and if you complete the stamp rally, you will get herb/flower seedlings.
National Instutite for Environmental Studies
Onogawa 16-2, Tsukuba, Ibaraki, Japan
There will be a FREE BUS available to take you from Tsukuba Center (platform 9) to NIES to AIST (another research institute that is holding an open house on this day). If possible, please come by bus rather than by car, as parking is limited.
From Tsukuba Center, take Nishi Odori south. Pass Minami Odori, Ninomiya House, Otaruzushi, and Doho Koen. You will see a Coco's Restaurant on your left. Turn right at that intersection. (If you reach Route 354, you have gone one intersection too far.)
Please note: There are only a limited number of parking spots available on the NIES campus, so we would like to ask visitors to come by alternate means of transportation, where possible. Please see the list of public transportation options below.
There are three different buses you can take to the Open House.
|To NIES and AIST|
|9||10 20 30 50|
|10||00 10 20 30 50|
|11||00 10 20 30 50|
|1||00 20 30 50|
|2||00 10 30 40|
|3||00 10 20 40 50|
|4||00 10 20 40 50|
|To AIST and Tsukuba Center||To AIST only||To Tsukuba Center only|
|9||18 28 38 58|
|10||08 18 28 38 58|
|11||08 18 28 38 58|
|1||08 28 38 58||12 22 42 52|
|2||08 18 38 48||12 22 32 52|
|3||08 18 28 48 58||02|
|4||08 18 38 48 58|
From Tsukuba Center, take a bus for "Hitachi no Ushiku Eki" (ひたち野うしく駅) and get off at "NIES" (環境研究所前). The trip will take about 10 minutes.
From Hitachi no Ushiku Station, take a bus for "Tsukuba Daigaku Chuo" (筑波大学中央) or "Tsukuba Center" (つくばセンター) and get off at "NIES" (環境研究所前). The trip will take about 13 minutes.
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