August 28(Mon) - 31(Thu), 2023. The University of Tokyo, JAPAN, Hongo / Yayoi Campus

Technical Tour

AHC2023 Excursion, Tsukuba Course (current schedule)

AHC2023 participants are welcome to join the Technical Tour on August 31, 2023. Please note that although the tour is free of charge, pre-booking is required as part of the registration process due to limited availability (160 participants). Registration for the Technical Tour closes on April 30, 2023. To ensure your participation, please complete your registration payment by this date.

Date 31 August 2023, 9:30–16:30 (7 hours)
Meeting time and place 9:30 at Tsukuba Center bus terminal

Tour stops

1. Tsukuba Agriculture Research Hall, National Agriculture and Food Research Organization (NARO)

Posters and movies in the hall present NARO’s latest studies in agriculture, food research and technology. The hall also contains the Museum of Agricultural Technology Progress, which displays original agricultural tools from the pre-modern era in Japan. During the tour of the hall, we will show models to explain NARO’s Plant Factory system.

2. Tsukuba Botanical Garden, National Museum of Nature and Science
(https://tbg.kahaku.go.jp/english/index.php) (Lunch break)

The garden recreates the planting environments of Japan and other parts of the world, making it possible to study morphological and physiological diversity of plants. The 140,000 m2 garden contains plants from the central area of Japan in its open spaces and plants from tropical, dry and rainy environments in the greenhouse, thus providing scenic landscapes for general visitors and study opportunities for researchers. Participants will have lunch here and then can walk freely.

3. Center for Environment, Health and Field Sciences, Chiba University
Japan Plant Factory Association (https://npoplantfactory.org/en/)

This facility studies, develops and popularizes commercially and technically sustainable plant factory systems. Its mission is to increase human health and life quality by resolving the problem of food supply and its impact on environment, energy and other resources. Six natural-light and four artificial-light plant factories have been installed, as well as other related factories. These factories are operated by enterprises and used for various researches, studies and trainings. The tour will visit a selection of them.


A bento (Japanese style lunch box) will be provided at Tsukuba Botanical Garden. No special food (vegetarian food, halal food etc.) options are available, so those unable to eat the bento provided should be carrying their own when boarding the bus at Tsukuba Center.

Tour Map

We recommend estimating at least 10 min to transfer rail line at each station.

  • Take the Chiyoda Line (Tokyo Metro) from Nezu Station, transfer to the Tsukuba Express Line at Kita-Senju, and get off at Tsukuba Station.


  • Take the Marunouchi Line (Tokyo Metro) from Hongo-Sanchome Station, transfer to the Yamanote Line (JR) at Tokyo Station toward Ueno Station, and get off at Akihabara Station. Take the Tsukuba Express Line at Akihabara Station and get off at Tsukuba Station.

Leave the station from the A1 exit to reach Tsukuba Center.