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Have you ever gazed up into a sky studded with stars which seem so close you could reach up and touch them? A goddess who brings blessings of fertility; lovers separated by a vast river; a captured princess and a brave man fighting a beast in a bid to save her... Tonight, quietly look up to the sky and listen to the stars as they tell tales of the gods.

Hoshi no bunkakan: Facility Guide

An observatory where you can encounter stars both during the day and at night

Hoshi no bunkakan’s observatory allows visitors to look at stars at any time of the day. It is one of only a handful of observatories in Japan with a telescope that is open to the public from daytime throughout the week. And you can also stay at our adjoining mini hotel, allowing you to enjoy the night sky at your leisure.

POINT1 Kyushu’s largest astronomical telescope, with a diameter of 100 cm! POINT1 Kyushu’s largest astronomical telescope, with a diameter of 100 cm!
Dome 2 Diameter: 100 cm Ritchey–Chrétien telescope Principle focus F2/Cassegrain focus F10/Nasmyth focus F8

In 2017, a 100 cm astronomical telescope, the largest of its kind, was installed at the observatory as part of refurbishment work. Computer-controlled telescopes with diameters of 100 cm and 65 cm give us a vivid glimpse at stars shining far away in space.

[Andromeda Galaxy (M31)] The observatory's large telescopes allow visitors to gaze at far-flung stars not visible with the naked eye.
Dome 1 Diameter: 65 cm Newtonian reflecting telescope Focal length: 3,000 mm 15 cm refraction/10 cm Hα solar telescope mounting
POINT2 Digital planetarium bringing the night sky to life POINT2 Digital planetarium bringing the night sky to life

Our state-of-the-art planetarium projector, which enables high-definition full-color imaging, projects a beautiful starry sky on a screen, even on rainy and cloudy days. Interesting star-themed programs are shown every day, allowing people of all ages to enjoy learning about stars. (Running time: Approx. 45 min.)

POINT3 A diverse lineup of space- and star-themed products! Hoshi no bunkakan Shop POINT3 A diverse lineup of space- and star-themed products! Hoshi no bunkakan Shop
Cute accessories you will want to wear every day, including pendants, earrings and hair clips with star, moon and constellation motifs. Hair bands featuring the 12 constellations (¥1,296), etc.
In addition to terrestrial and celestial globes that make great interior decorations, you will also find astronaut-shaped stationary, including pens and staplers. Astronaut stapler (¥896), etc.
A series recreating freeze-dried space food. In addition to bread and custard pudding, the series also includes Japanese foods such as mochi and takoyaki. Space food takoyaki (¥650), etc.

Our shop stocks a varied range of products for that perfect souvenir of your visit, including star-themed products, telescopes and other original items only available here at the Hoshi no bunkakan.

POINT4 Interactive learning at the astronomy lab POINT4 Interactive learning at the astronomy lab

Here, you can read and watch a range of books and videos relating to astronomy and space.

What’s that over there!? Take a photo with the universe’s most notorious alien!
Learn about how gravity works in space with “Kepler’s Swing-by”
Is this how Earth looks from space? Experience looking down on Earth from a spaceship in the audiovisual zone!

Make your stargazing experience even more special with a stay in one of our hotel rooms!

An overnight stay really is the best way to make the most of your stargazing experience in Hoshino Village. As the night goes on, the air gradually clears and twinkling stars appear throughout the sky. We have rooms to suit a variety of preferences, from homely guest rooms furnished with wood, including Japanese-style rooms, family rooms with a loft and simple twin rooms, to capsule rooms.

Guests also benefit from an exclusive planetarium showing from 9 p.m. and astronomy session from 10 p.m. (free of charge).

(If the weather is bad, the program is changed to a planetarium showing from 9 p.m. and an astronomy talk accompanied by videos and photos in the observatory.)

Our one-night stay packages only include breakfast, so guests can bring in their own boxed meals, drinks, etc.

Regular guest rooms

Our guest rooms are accentuated with the warm and welcoming atmosphere of wood. There are three types of guest room, with a total of 8 available rooms: Japanese-style with tatami mats, family and twin.

An inviting interior with the warmth of wood. Enjoy beautiful views of surrounding mountains from your window. Type: Twin Capacity: 2 people Size: 23.5m²
Loft-type family rooms. The perfect choice for families and groups. Type: Family Capacity: 6 people Size: 40m²
Rooms featuring tatami mats, the ideal choice for families with small children. Type: Japanese-style Capacity: 3 people Size: 28m²
Rates
Adults (junior high school and above) ¥7,838~ (tax included) *One night with breakfast (boxed meal)
4 years to elementary school 6th grade ¥3,765~ (tax included) *One night with breakfast (boxed meal)
Facilities

Air-conditioning and heating, bath, toilet with washlet, sink, refrigerator, kettle, hair dryer, radio, slippers, Wi-Fi (free spot), microwave (communal area), exclusive parking area for guests, vending machine

Amenities

Bath towels, face towels, bath robes (adults only), body soap, two-in-one shampoo and conditioner, hand soap, toothbrushes, razors, combs

Hours

Check-in: 4 p.m.-9 p.m. / Check-out: By 10 a.m.

*Rates are subject to change during events.

Star Cabin (dormitory-type rooms)

Star Cabin is a simple capsule room for those wanting to truly enjoy starry skies.

There are two rooms providing a total of 6 capsules: one with 4 capsules and one with 2 capsules. These capsules are recommended for both single and group guests.

Rates
Adults (junior high school and above) ¥4,784~ (tax included) *One night with breakfast (boxed meal)
4 years to elementary school 6th grade ¥2,747~ (tax included) *One night with breakfast (boxed meal)
Facilities

Air-conditioning and heating, shower room, toilet with washlet, sink, refrigerator, kettle, hair dryer, microwave radio, vending machine, Wi-Fi (free spot) (*Communal facilities)

Amenities

Face towels, body soap, two-in-one shampoo and conditioner, hand soap, toothbrushes, razors, combs
(*Bath towels and bath robes are available as an optional extra.)

Hours

Check-in: 4 p.m.-9 p.m. / Check-out: By 10 a.m.

*Rates are subject to change during events.

To make a reservation, please call or click the reservation button below.

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We are unable to process reservations, cancellations or inquiries on vacancies via email. Please contact us directly at the following number. Thank you for your understanding.

Information

Address 10828-1 Hoshino-mura, Yame City, Fukuoka Prefecture 834-0201
Tel:0943-52-3000
Fax: 0943-52-3001
Opening hours Mondays/Saturday/Sundays/National Holidays
10:30 a.m.-10 p.m. (final entry: 9:30 p.m.)
Wednesdays/Thursdays/Fridays (and Tuesdays during summer vacation)
1:00 p.m.-10 p.m. (final entry: 9:30 p.m.)
*General admissions close at 8:30 p.m. during bad weather.
Closing days Tuesdays (open during the New Year holiday season, on National Holidays and during the spring and summer vacation periods)
Entrance fees
(planetarium or observatory)
Regular
Adults: ¥500 Elementary school children: ¥300 Preschoolers (4-6 years): ¥100
Groups (15 or more people)
Adults: ¥400 Elementary school children: ¥250 Preschoolers: ¥50
Value joint ticket (planetarium and observatory)
Adults: Entrance fee + ¥200 Elementary school children: Entrance fee + ¥100
*Preschoolers only pay the entrance fee
Parking lot 30 spaces
Remarks
Observatory opening times
Daytime session, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. (months other than the following)
11 a.m.-7 p.m. (June-August)
Daytime session, 1 p.m.-6 p.m. (months other than the following)
1 p.m.-7 p.m. (June-August)
Nighttime session, 6:30 p.m.-9:50 p.m.
7:30 p.m.-9:50 p.m. (June-August)
Mon.
Tue. Closed Closed Closed
Wed. ×
Thu. ×
Fri. ×
Sat.
Sun.

*Both sessions are led by an expert member of staff. During the daytime session, you will get to see the sun and stars visible through a 65 cm telescope. During the nighttime session, you will get to see major astronomical objects visible at that time through a 100 cm telescope.

*Please note that you may not be able to observe stars during bad weather.

*Please make a reservation for groups (15 or more people).

*You will be repeatedly shown several astronomical bodies visible on the day in order. (Example: Object A→Object B→Object C→Object A→B→C→A→B→C)

*In some cases, preschoolers may have difficulty seeing through the telescope.

Planetarium opening hours
Wednesdays/Thursdays/Fridays (and Tuesdays during summer vacation) First show starts 1 p.m., last show starts 8 p.m., with shows starting on the hour every hour
1 show every hour (total 8 shows)
Mondays, Saturdays, Sundays, National Holidays First show starts 11 a.m., last show starts 8 p.m., with shows starting on the hour every hour
1 show every hour (total 10 shows)

Please note that as of March 7, public planetarium shows time has changed to help prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus COVID-19.

*Running time: Approx. 45 min. (first half = 20 min. guide to today’s starry sky: second half = 25 min. fully starry sky show)

Please visit the link below for details of the fully starry sky show schedule.
http://www.hoshinofurusato.com/information/archives/90

Sometimes, the planetarium is booked up by groups for school trips or other events. To check availability, please see Home>Event Information.

(There are 25 seats in each showing. Please make a reservation if you are coming in a party of 10 or more people. If there are less than 10 people in your party, please purchase a ticket on the day. You will be issued with a numbered ticket. Please note that in some cases, your preferred showing may have reached capacity.)

*Re-entry is not permitted. Please allow enough time for your visit.

Inquiries

Tel: 0943-52-3000
(10 a.m.-9 p.m.)

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