Katsuura Tracking and Communications Station (Chiba Pref.)

Katsuura Tracking and Communications Station (Chiba Pref.)

The Katsuura Tracking and Communications Station was established in Katsuura City, Chiba Prefecture in February 1968, by the Space Development Promotion Headquarters in the Science and Technology Agency as the “Katsuura Radio Tracking Station”. It was incorporated into the former National Space Development Agency of Japan (NASDA) as one of their facilities when the Agency was established.

The main functions of this Station are tracking and control of satellites. Radio waves from in-flight satellites are received and monitored to ensure they are in the correct position and posture, and that all the electronics are functioning correctly. The Station transmits command signals to the satellite as required and also maintains and controls the satellite.

Their parabolic antennas have various diameters of 20m, 13m, 11m and 10m. In addition to the tracking and control building, there are an electric power building and the Nonozuka collimation tower (on Nonozuka Mountain).

Opening Hours: From 10:00 to 16:30
Closed On: Irregular Holidays
Reservation: Not required
For groups of 20 persons or more, advance reservation is required, from one month to one week before the planned visiting date.
Address: 1-14, Hanatate-yama, Haga, Katuura-shi, Chiba Prefecture
Tel: 0470-77-1601
FAX: 0470-70-7001
Applications to visit are accepted on: Weekdays from 9:30 to 12:15 and 13:00 to 17:45
Facility Details: Free Parking Lot: Capacity for about 10 standard-sized cars and one medium-sized bus
Barrier-free for wheelchairs and baby buggies
Wheelchairs (max. of 2) can be provided free of charge
Companion Animals: Only Guide Dogs or Service Dogs are accepted.