Konica Minolta Planetarium TENKU (コニカミノルタプラネタリウム 天空) at Tokyo SKYTREE TOWN (東京スカイツリータウン) is starting a new event from the 20th of May, 2017. The new program is called “Aloha Spirits: Hawaii, an Island Full of Stars (アロハスピリッツ: 星降る島ハワイ).” You can experience Hawaii Island’s beautiful starry sky through this new planetarium program!
Konica Minolta Planetarium TENKU is located within Tokyo Skytree’s multi-level entertainment and shopping complex, Tokyo SKYTREE TOWN. It opened in 2012 and is located on the 7th floor of TOKYO Solamachi (ソラマチ). Konica Minolta Planetarium is a place where you can enjoy various types of planetarium shows which allow you to experience a different time and space.
All of the seats in the planetarium are reclining which allow you to relax and watch the show above your head. The screen dome and a state-of-the-art planetarium machine combine to create a one-of-a-kind immersive experience. The machine used at TENKU features two types of optical planetarium projectors, the INFINIUM S and the SUPER MEDIAGLOBE-II 4K.
The planetarium at Tokyo Skytree has a sister location in Ikebukuro’s (池袋) Sunshine City (サンシャインシティー) which houses a different assortment of planetarium programs. So if the Skytree location is inconvenient for you, you can check out the one in Ikebukuro!
The new program (Japanese only) based on the great outdoors of Hawaii is going to be shown from the 20th of May to the 1st of October, 2017. The aim of this event is to allow people to experience the outdoors of Hawaii and its breathtaking beauty. The view from the top of the 4,200-meter tall Mauna Kea volcano is a special and unforgettable sight to behold.
The program will not only feature the night sky of Hawaii Island but also its mountains, volcanoes, and plants, along with cultural aspects such as their myths, legends, and hula dances. This planetarium show is perfect for anyone who loves nature and is interested in Hawaii.
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When visiting the planetarium, you should pay close attention to the music accompanying the show. The music is by Jake Shimabukuro (ジェイク・シマブクロ), a Hawaii-born ukulele artist whose music adds to the beauty of Hawaii’s nature. He was the image character for Hawaii’s tourism from 2004 and is currently on an international tour to spread his unique sounds which incorporate ukuleles into various genres of music.
The program itself is approximately 40 minutes long and you can make a reservation for a seat 14 days in advance from your planned visit date. There is also an English guide available to accompany you in the planetarium if you do not understand Japanese.
The price for the planetarium show is 1,500 yen (approx. 12 USD) for people above the age of 12, and 900 yen (approx. 8 USD) for kids from the age of 4 to 12.
If you are looking for a unique experience that combines high-tech planetarium technology and the beautiful skies and nature of Hawaii, I highly recommend going to this new planetarium program! The location of the planetarium makes it a perfect place to stop by while you are waiting for your trip up to the Tokyo Skytree.