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* Tokyo Skytree Town(R) Campus awarded the JAPAN MEDIA ARTS FESTIVAL,Entertainment Division, Jury Selections (2013)


Experience Future Technologies – Attraction Zone

Leading-edge technologies are sometimes like magic – they allow you to experience the future.Visit Tokyo Skytree Town(R) Campus, an attraction zone that stimulates your imagination, full of the latest technologies brought to you through the research activities of Chiba Institute of Technology. Enjoy our wide range of technologies from robotics to planet exploration projects. We at CIT believe that technologies will help build a society that makes people happy, and are committed to keeping the campus a place for interconnecting people and technologies. We will continue to introduce a wide range of new technologies, so be with us.



【Area I】

ROBOT EYE (sensor)

An important function of a robot is to acquire three-dimensional (3D) distance information. Using 3D distance information, a robot can grasp the surrounding topography and obstacles. In a joint effort with Nippon Signal, the Future Robotics Technology Center is developing 3D laser range finders, which are sensors of the 3D distance information. Research and development is under way for a personal mobility system featuring such a sensor – an electric wheelchair with increased safety. And here at this spot, a 3D laser range finder is used in the visitor counting system. This is an example of what a robot eye can do.


“Japanese robot employed at Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant”

The first Japanese robot employed at Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant was from CIT. We started addressing the incident right after its occurrence, and have repeatedly modified our robots through communication with the local workers at the Fukushima Plant. CIT has developed everything that is necessary – radiation resistance, heat and shock resistance, ability to climb a gradient over 60 degrees, a training site for robot manipulation for local workers, training manuals, operator training programs, and more. Rosemary is the latest of the rescue robots. It has been operating in the reactor buildings inaccessible to humans, conducting surveys, collecting data, and helping the tasks of decommissioning the reactors.


“Robot operator training software”

A rescue robot works in a dangerous environment not accessible to humans. The operator stays a safe distance from the disaster area, and manipulates the robot watching images sent from the robot on a monitor display. In recovery operations from the Great East Japan Earthquake, the shortage of robot operators was a critical issue. The small number of available robots limited the number of potential operators who could be trained. If a robot were broken during practice, fewer robots would be available on the disaster site. To avoid the risk, CIT developed a rescue robot simulator to allow many potential operators to attend a training session and develop the know-how needed to operate the robot through hands-on experience. Here, you can experience the real training package— it’s not a game. Step forward and be a rescue robot operator trainee!


“A mere paper card quickly turns into a tablet computer”

An ordinary paper card – that’s exactly what it looks like. Try laying it on the table. Voila! You’ll see letters and images displayed on it. Experience ON-THE-FLY PAPER, the magic card that shows you the movies introducing the research activities of CIT, including Future Robotics Technology Center and Planet Exploration Research Center. There are more than 10 types of cards for you to enjoy. Put a robot card on the table, and see what the robot can do. Put a planet card on the table, and see what has been discovered about it. Experience the leading-edge sensing and computer technologies.


“Use the gigantic screen to anatomize a robot and manipulate its design sheets.”

What will happen when robot arms are combined with projectors? Experience the sensation delivered by four 360-degree projection systems interconnected via computer control. Meet the robots of Future Robotics Technology Center (fuRo) on a gigantic screen. Use an iPad and manipulate the real design sheet for the robot. All the robots on the screen are based on the drawings of those built by fuRo. You can see what you cannot usually see – what’s inside the robots and what fine mechanisms they have.


In order to create a robot that enriched everyday lives whilst existing in exquisite symbiosis with humanity, a sensor technology able to "feel" persons' intentions and behavior is imperative. This exhibition is precisely about experiencing the kind of sensor technology that is capable of "feeling" human movement and behaviorism. By utilizing the 3D sensor technology, one's duplicate is enacted on a large screen as if a magnetized aggregate of cubes, toward which a sphere is hurled and scatter the cubes; ultimately leading to an otherworldly, wondrous world. By "feeling" human behaviorisms, it is possible to experience mysterious and playful world of imagination from time to time.


“Get in the cockpit developed by fuRo. Explore the surface of Mars, with PERC as your guide.”

The leading-edge robot technologies of the Future Robotics Technology Center (fuRo) let you experience the cockpit of a Mars probe. Hold the real control stick of a space station, and feel free to fly around over the surface of Mars. With the photographic images provided by NASA, your will have the most realistic experience of a Mars exploration journey ever. Lost in the middle of nowhere? Don’t worry, a robot arm points where you are on a small Mars globe. Is this your first time on Mars? Then use the on-screen guide by the Planet Exploration Research Center (PERC), and visit some of the recommended spots.

CIT Mars Exploration Project
Mars – a red planet shining in the night sky. The average temperature is -50 degrees, the reddish-brown desert is everywhere, and the atmosphere consists primarily of CO2 and is as thin as 1/100 that of Earth. How can Mars be so different from Earth? What caused the dramatic environmental change more than three billion years ago and how? Is there any life form? These questions can be answered only through a field work on Mars. Through collaboration of PERC and fuRo, CIT has been promoting an innovative Mars exploration project.

  • PERC, fuRo collaborated with
  • Hisato Ogata
  • Shunji Yamanaka LEADING EDGE DESGIN(Hull Design)


“Humanoid robots with advanced functionality”

The morph project was started in April 2001 to research and develop element technologies for humanoid robots, technologies to integrate the element technologies, and autonomous control systems for motions of the entire body. The morph3 system aims to be a metal athlete in pursuit of extreme functionality like a lean and mean athlete with no fat. The mechanisms and the body have been designed as an integrated system, which results in excellent functionality (advanced recognition functions and mobility), maintainability, and a friendly look.

  • The morph1 and morph2 were developed in the JST Kitano Symbiotic Systems Project, and the morph3 was jointly developed by the JST Kitano Symbiotic Systems Project and Dr. Shunji Yamanaka, an industrial designer. The morph3 R&D team moved to CIT established fuRo in 2003.
  • Photo: morph3
  • Photo: morph
  • Photo: morph


“Next-generation multi-purpose vehicles with eight wheel modules”

Hallucigenia 01 is an experimental prototype vehicle, manufactured at a scale of 1/5. Hallucigenia 01 can be classified as a multi-joint robot with 32 motors. When all joints controlled, it demonstrates excellent maneuverability, for instance, it can rotate in a single spot or travel sideways with all eight wheels aligned in the same direction. Its lifting joints and swinging joints are controlled in real time for advanced mobility; it can climb a slope while keeping the body level and can go over steps. Its name, Hallucigenia, derives from an ancient creature that lived in the sea in the Cambrian period, Paleozoic Era.

  • The Hallucigenia Project is a joint research effort of L. E. D., fuRo, and Creative Box
  • Photo: Wataru Umehara
  • Photo: Wataru Umehara
  • Hallucigenia01

【Area II】


The space door has opened! Get ready to launch!! Visitors are greeted with responsive messages and visuals as they pass through.The "Interactive Visual Gate" is the embarkation point for the space tour.

As visitors pass through the entrance and take a step inside, they encounter large gates erected on both sides of them. Five stacked cubes project brilliant images of planets and the word "WELCOME" to great the guests. It's time to take off on your space journey.



Play with planets, stepping and kicking them around A visual game using augmented reality (AR)

A physical kind of attraction that uses the latest AR technologies. As you approach, the sun, planets, comets, and asteroids appear. When you step on planets, asteroids, and other objects on the floor, they move out toward the walls and collide with the sun and other planets, smashing up, disappearing .... Enjoy the comical cosmic display!

  • ステップタップ
  • ステップタップ


Venture out on a journey to the solar system with a 120-inch planetary guide

Use the impressive 120-inch touch panel to take a grand tour of the solar system. You explore the eight planets and other celestial objects in the solar system and access information on planetary missions. This attraction was made possible for the first time by data supplied by NASA and other sources. You can operate the touch screen to access many beautiful images of the solar system and the latest information obtained through research and exploration. Try this exciting virtual tour of the solar system!

  • 太陽系グランドツアー


A Japanese sword forged from ameteorite, the "Sword of Heaven"

The famous modern-day Japanese swordsmith Yoshindo Yoshiwara forged a Japanese sword from an iron meteorite that fell from space about 450 million years ago. This is the Sword of Heaven. It is thought that the first human encounters with iron were with iron meteorites, and the Sword of Heaven truly symbolizes the relationship between human technology and space. This is the first time that the Sword of Heaven has been put on perm anent public display. It is displayed alongside the "Gibeon" meteorite (iron meteorite) from which it was forged. Be sure to view this exquisite work crafted from a meteorite.

  • 天鉄刀


Travel the surface of the moon with high-resolution images from the “Kaguya” lunar probe

High-resolution images of the moon surface taken by the Japanese lunar probe "Kaguya" are projected onto the walls and floor of this attraction, to create the sensation of flying over the surface of the moon. The stunning selection of lunar surface features such as craters, mountains, and valleys let you feel like you are really there.

  • ムーンウォーカー
  • ムーンウォーカー

Hypervelocity Impact Experiments

How were craters made on planetary surfaces? At Planetary Exploration Research Center of Chiba Institute of Technology, we can investigate the production mechanism of craters using our new projectile launcher placed at our research center. In this demonstration, the launcher accelerates a spherical plastic of 4.6 mm diameter to 7.3 km/s (i.e., 26,000 km/hour) and shoots it onto an aluminum disk. Immediately after this hypervelocity impact, a strong light emission is generated at the impact point, similar to an explosion. Then a strong shockwave propagates into the target turning the aluminum surface outward like a water surface and finally forming a crater within 30-40μs. By this impact cratering process, hypervelocity impacts of celestial bodies have produced various craters on planetary surfaces. At Planetary Exploration Research Center, through our hypervelocity impact experiments, we will be investigating impact craters remaining on planetary surfaces to decode the history of our solar system.

Hypervelocity Impact Experiments
  • Hypervelocity Impact Experiments
  • Hypervelocity Impact Experiments
  • Hypervelocity Impact Experiments
  • Hypervelocity Impact Experiments


World’s first! “ Long-term observation of meteors from space”

In METEOR project led by Planetary Exploration Research Center (PERC) at Chiba Institute of Technology, long-term meteor observation from the International Space Station is conducted, using a super-high sensitivity high-definition TV camera. The METEOR camera was launched to the ISS on March 22, 2016 (GMT) and the observation subsequently started in July 7, 2016 (GMT) .
Meteors are a light emitting phenomena caused by dusts from comets and asteroids as they penetrate into the Earth’s atmosphere.
The size of the dusts can be estimated calculated from the brightness of light from the meteor. The composition of the dust can be determined by spectroscopic observation of the light. Note that parent bodies, such as comets and asteroid, from which meteoroid dusts of major annual meteor showers come, have been identified, based on the previous ground-based observation. We are able to understand the physical and chemical characteristics of parent comets and asteroids for major meteor showers bodies from photometric and spectroscopic data of meteoroid dusts of major meteor showers obtained by the METEOR project. The ISS orbits the Earth at an approximate altitude of 400 km, which allows constant observation of meteors without distortion caused by weather and atmospheric disturbances.
Meteor images captured onboard the ISS can be downlinked and viewed in the METEOR mission operation room located in PERC within the same day.



A 13.8 Billion-Year Space Voyage-The Earth and Life This theater was realized with full cooperation by "Godzilla" Director, Koichi Kawakita. We Invite You on a Journey through Time and Space with 300-Inch 3D and 5.1 ch Surround Sound.

Where do we come from? What are we? Where are we going? The dynamic 3D images and amazing 5.1 ch surround sound present 13.8 billion years history of the universe from the Big Bang to the formation of the solar system and the Earth, the birth and evolution of life, and the development of human civilization.

Format :Polarized filter type
Screen size :300 inch
Screen ratio :16:9
Glasses :3D glasses
Sound :5.1 ch surround
Showing times :Approx. 15 min.
MONDAY through FRIDAY: 2D Movie
11:00, 14:00, 15:00, 16:00, 17:00
(first-come basis, free admission)
*3D Space Theater maybe closed without notice even in opening hours.
  • 3D宇宙シアター
  • 3D宇宙シアター
  • 3D宇宙シアター
  • 3D宇宙シアター


The Main Macross Frontier Machine ‘Valkyrie VF-25’ Appears in Life Size at Solamachi (first permanent exhibition) Hidetaka Tenjin Invited to Produce an Exhibition of Unprecedented Detail!

Valkyrie is a general name for transforming robots in the animation series "Macross." The VF-25, the latest and the most advanced model among the Valkyrie series, is the favorite of the hero Alto SAOTOME in the television animation version "Macross Frontier." The primary feature of the Valkyrie is that it can transform into three shapes according to its situation: a fighter jet Fighter, a human shaped Battroid, and an intermediate form known as Gerwalk. This exhibition is a life-size model of the Gerwalk form of the Valkyrie VF-25F. In conjunction with the public opening of this exhibition, the "Macross Feature CIT Project" has also been launched. In this project, the executive director and mechanical designer, Shoji KAWAMORI, of the Macross Frontier has been working closely with us at Future Robotics Technology Center (fuRo) in Chiba Institute of Technology (CIT) to create robots that have never been seen before.

  • fuRo collaborated with
  • Hidetaka TENJIN (Art Director)
  • Shoji KAWAMORI (Mechanical Designer)
  • Special Thanks BIGWEST

バルキリー VF-25F
  • 実物大 『バルキリー VF-25F』
  • 実物大 『バルキリー VF-25F』
  • 実物大 『バルキリー VF-25F』
  • 実物大 『バルキリー VF-25F』


From Space to Humans

Humans or all things on the earth are composed of elements that originated inside shining stars, were dispersed, and then recombined. A graphic enclosing the outside of Area II expresses the idea that we humans are also a part of the universe.

  • 壁面グラフィック
  • 壁面グラフィック


8F solamachi, Tokyo Skytree Town(R)
1-1-2 Oshiage, Sumida-ku, Tokyo 131-0045 Japan
OPEN 10:30~18:00(Admission free)

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