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Campus and Observatories

The campuses of the Department of Astronomical Science are NAOJ campuses and NAOJ observatories. NAOJ offers astronomers nationwide joint usage of research facilities including observational facilities such as the Subaru Telescope and NAOJ Nobeyama radio telescopes, as well as supercomputers. The domestic campuses are Mitaka Campus, NAOJ Nobeyama, Mizusawa Campus, Okayama Astrophysical Observatory, Gravitational Wave Project Office Kamioka Branch, and the VERA Stations. However, our campuses are not just in Japan. We also have the Subaru Telescope in Hawai`i and many students belonging to the Department of Astronomical Science stay there long-term for research.

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Campus and Observatories

Mitaka Campus

Mitaka Campus is the headquarters of NAOJ (National Astronomical Observatory of Japan) in Mitaka, Tokyo. Our institute promotes astronomical research in Japan and holds regular events and open campus as an open research institute.

Address: 2-21-1 Osawa, Mitaka, Tokyo, 181-8588, JAPAN

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Subaru Telescope

Subaru Telescope consists of the Summit Facility near the summit of Maunakea at an altitude of 4,200 m and the Hiro Base Facility where research projects, development, and administration are conducted.

Hilo Base Facility
Address: 650 North A'ohoku Place, Hilo, Hawai`i 96720 U.S.A.
(Note.) There is no public transportation to the Hilo Base Facility.

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NAOJ Nobeyama

NAOJ Nobeyama is located in the Nobeyama highlands in Nagano. Leading-edge observational instruments, including the Nobeyama 45-m Radio Telescope, the Nobeyama Millimeter Array, and the Nobeyama Radioheliograph have been established here to pursue various research themes related to the Universe.

Address: Nobeyama, Minamimakimura, Minamisaku, Nagano 384-1305, Japan

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Mizusawa Campus

The RISE Project and Mizusawa VLBI Observatory, which includes multiple projects, are involved in research activities at Mizusawa Campus.

Address: 2-12, Hoshigaoka, Mizusawa, Oshu, Iwate 023-0861, Japan

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Okayama Astrophysical Observatory

Okayama Astrophysical Observatory is on the top of Mt. Chikurinji in Okayama. The observatory has been the center of optical and infrared astronomy research in Japan for over 50 years. The 188-cm Reflector Telescope, the largest reflector in Japan, operates here in addition to the 91-cm Reflector Telescope and the 50-cm Reflector Telescope.

Address: 3037-5, Honjo, Kamogata, Asakuchi, Okayama, 719-0232, Japan

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Gravitational Wave Project Office at Kamioka Branch

The gravitational wave detector KAGRA is now under construction in the town of Kamioka in Hida City, Gifu Prefecture, where the Kamioka Branch is located. Once the construction is completed, KAGRA will observe gravitational waves emitted from high energy astronomical events such as collisions of black holes in coordination with other large gravitational wave detectors around the world to extend our understanding of the Universe.

Address: 238 Higashimozumi, Kamioka-cho, Hida, Gifu, 506-1205, Japan

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The seven VLBI Stations



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