NIES Spring Open House April 20 (Saturday), 2013

International Coordination Office, NIES Planning Department,
National Institute for Environmental Studies

The National Institute for Environmental Studies (NIES) is pleased to announce its annual Spring Open House, aimed at visitors of high school age and over to be held during Science and Technology Week, on April 20 (Saturday), 2013.

On the day of the Open House, visitors to the institute will have the opportunity to come face-to-face with NIES researchers engaged in cutting-edge research on such environmental issues as climate change, low carbon society and biodiversity by means of lectures and displays on these topics. In addition visitors will have the chance to participate in a variety of interactive activities, which will include the chance to ride Segways and electric bicycles.

Bilingual guided tours of selected facilities will be available from 10:30 and 14:00. Reception for the tours will start at 10:00. Please complete registration for the tours at least 15 minutes before their start times and assemble at the main reception 5 minutes in advance of the tours.

Date and Time

April 20 (Saturday), 2013, 10:00-16:00 (Reception closes at 15:00)


National Institute for Environmental Studies (16-2 Onogawa, Tsukuba city, Ibaraki 305-8506)

Entrance Fee

Free (Groups of more than 15 persons should contact in advance)
*There is limited parking and visitors are strongly encouraged to come to the event by means of eco-friendly transport such as the Science and Technology Week Free Shuttle Bus, public transport, etc. rather than using their own cars.


Science and Technology Week Free Shuttle Bus: Exit A5 from TX Tsukuba Station, Seibu Department store (in front of Creo Square Tsukuba)

Course B

TX Tsukuba Sta. 9:35 10:05 10:45 11:20 12:00 12:40 13:45 14:00 - -
NIES 9:45 10:15 10:55 11:30 12:10 12:50 13:55 14:10 15:00 15:10
TX Tsukuba Sta. - 10:55 11:35 12:10 12:50 13:30 14:35 14:50 15:40 15:50

Course A

TX Tsukuba Sta. 9:20 9:50 10:25 10:55 11:40 12:10 13:20 13:55 14:35 -
NIES 10:00 10:30 11:05 11:35 12:20 12:50 14:00 14:35 15:15 15:40
TX Tsukuba Sta. - - 11:15 11:45 12:30 13:00 14:10 14:45 15:25 15:50


From Tsukuba Express(TX) Tsukuba Station
Take exit A3 and board the bus for Hitachino-ushiku departing from Bus Stop 4, and get off at the National Institute for Environmental Studies (around 10 minutes)

From JR Hitachino-ushiku Station
East exit, Bus Stop 1, take either the bus departing for “Tsukuba Center” or “Tsukuba University Central” and get off at the National Institute for Environmental Studies (around 13 minutes)


There will be panel displays attended by NIES researchers who can answer your questions on topics such as:

  • CO2 in Japan and Asia: let’s create a low carbon society
  • Lending a hand for recycling in developing countries
  • The cutting edge of biodiversity research
  • Children’s Health and the Environment


  • Test Drive a Segway
    Complementary to an ongoing initiative being implemented in Tsukuba’s Designated Robot Zone on transportation systems aimed at encouraging low carbon society, we offer you the chance to test ride a Segway (tickets available at reception; must be 16 years or older; postponed in case of rain).
  • Electric Bikes, Display and Test Drive (postponed in case of rain)
  • Generate Electricity by Bicycle
  • Bilingual Guided Tours
    Timetable: 10:30-12:00, 14:00-15:30
    (complete registration at least 15 minutes in advance; assemble at the main reception 5 minutes in advance; limited to 20 participants per tour; first-come, first-served)
Guided Tours

All visitors to the Spring Open House will receive special NIES mementos, including

  • An original NIES Eco-bag
  • A commemorative ball-pen (for survey respondents)

We look forward to welcoming you to the NIES Spring Open House 2013!