Japan Tourism. Ibaraki Prefecture Takahagi City Satellite Communications Memorial Park.

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Takahagi City Satellite Communications Commemorative Park in Ibaraki Prefecture is the site of the first TV satellite relay reception in Japan.

It was opened by Kokusai Telegraph and Telephone (KDD) on November 20, 1963 as the Ibaraki Space Communications Experimental Station, an experimental facility for the practical application of satellite communications.

On November 23, immediately after the opening, a parabolic antenna in the Satellite Communications Memorial Park in Takahagi City, Ibaraki Prefecture, received sad news from the United States that shook the world. It was the news of the assassination of then President John F. Kennedy.


With the spread of high-capacity fiber-optic submarine cables, satellite communications became the primary complement to submarine lines, and KDDI consolidated its satellite communications station functions into the Yamaguchi Satellite Communications Center, and the Ibaraki Satellite Communications Center, whose reception range was limited to the Pacific Ocean, was closed on March 16, 2007.

The two 32-meter parabolic antennas are currently used as radio telescopes by the Ibaraki Observatory of the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan and the Space Science Education and Research Center of Ibaraki University.



The Satellite Communication Memorial Park in Takahagi City, Ibaraki Prefecture, is commonly known as Sakura Space Park. As the name suggests, during the cherry blossom season, many people gather to view the approximately 300 “Someiyoshino” and “Yaezakura” cherry trees planted in the park.


In addition, there is an 800-meter-long jogging course, which is popular with joggers, dog walkers, and golfers in the neighborhood.



Why not visit the Takahagi City Satellite Communication Commemorative Park (also known as Sakura Space Park) in Ibaraki Prefecture, a hidden tourist attraction in Japan?