Northern Area Name a Star in Shosanbetsu Village!


Shosanbetsu Observatory in Shosanbetsu Village is the northernmost observatory in Japan, located on the Sea of Japan side of northern Hokkaido. In addition to observing various formations with the large telescope, the observatory features the “My Stars System,” a popular system that allows you to name stars. You may name a star of 5th magnitude or less that does not yet have a proper name and register it permanently at Shosanbetsu Observatory. Make your trip to Hokkaido memorable by naming your own star!

Course schedule

2Explanation (10 minutes)
3Issuance of registration certificate (10 minutes)
4Astronomical observation (30 minutes)

Basic information

April to December
Time required
About 1 hour
・ Admission fee: [Adult] 200 yen, [Child] 100 yen
・ ""My Stars System"" registration fee: 3,000 yen
*A transaction fee will be charged separately."
Japanese language only
Stars are only named in Shosanbetsu Village.
You must apply at least two weeks in advance if you would like a certificate.
Appointment times for observing the stars: between 19:00 to 20:00 in summer and 18:00 to 20:00 in winter.

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