National Institute for Environmental Studies,
Spring Open House, April 19, 2014

Public Relations Office, Planning Department,
National Institute for Environmental Studies
Contact: 029-850-2827

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 19 (Saturday), 2014.

On the day of the Open House, visitors to the institute will have the opportunity to come face-to-face with NIES researchers, who will explain details of their cutting-edge research on such environmental issues as climate change, low carbon society and atmospheric pollution, by means of lectures, displays and panel discussions on these topics. In addition visitors can participate in a variety of interactive activities, which will include the chance to ride Segways and generate electricity using 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. The tour will last approximately one hour.

Date and Time

April 19 (Saturday), 2014, 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 13:05 13:45 14:15 14:55 - -
NIES   9:45 10:15 10:55 11:30 12:10 13:15 13:55 14:25 15:05 15:15 -
TX Tsukuba Sta. - 10:55 11:35 12:10 12:50 13:55 14:35 15:05 15:45 15:55 -

■Course A
TX Tsukuba Sta.   9:20   9:50 10:25 10:55 11:35 12:10 13:15 13:55 14:30 - -
NIES 10:00 10:30 11:05 11:35 12:15 12:50 13:55 14:35 15:10 15:40 16:20
TX Tsukuba Sta. - - 11:15 11:45 12:25 13:00 14:05 14:45 15:20 15:50 16:30

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 20 minutes)



OHYAMA Memorial Hall / Climate Change Research Hall

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

  • Global warming effects as seen in nature
  • The present and future situation for environmental and risk education in Japan
  • Ecological research on the Mekong River – development and ecosystem services
  • Influence on learned and maternal behaviors in mice of diesel fumes
  • Effect of plant aromas on the heart

Lectures (Japanese language only, below are provisional translations of the original titles)


OHYAMA Memorial Hall ("Chuukaigishitsu")

① 11:30-12:00: Yu MORINO, Tracing the movement of atmospheric particles
② 13:00-13:30: Minoru FUJII, Eco town planning for harmony between towns and factories
③ 13:30-14:00: Yujiro HIRANO, Energy saving eco town planning using “lifestyle-assisting” tablet computers
④ 15:15-15:55: Keiko NOHARA, Environmental chemicals and health

Panel discussion


OHYAMA Memorial Hall ("Chuukaigishitsu")

①10:30-11:30 / ②14:00-15:00: That's what I wanted to know! Panel discussion on global warming


  • 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).
  • Generate Electricity by Bicycle
  • Bilingual Guided Tours

    Timetable: 10:30-11:30, 14:00-15:00
    (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)

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

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

We look forward to welcoming you to the NIES Spring Open House 2014!