Writer: Samantha Sodetz

Samantha is from Florida, currently based in southern Japan. She first experienced Japan through a home stay in snowy Iwate prefecture, and has since lived in the Kansai region as well as Tokyo. She can often be found immersing herself in nature and crocheting alpacas inspired by the Tochigi Alpaca Farm.

JAXA rocket resting in horizontal position

Space Tourism in Southern Japan

For travelers interested in anything beyond planet Earth, Kagoshima prefecture’s JAXA Space Centers are the ideal locations to explore rockets, history, and the charms of the Japanese countryside. Here are some of the best spots to experience Japan’s annual rocket launches and learn about the history of the Japanese space exploration industry.

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