Subaru Telescope
3D Virtual Tour

Let’s explore the inside of one of the world's largest optical infrared telescopes!

The Subaru Telescope, operated by the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (NAOJ), is located near the summit of Maunakea on the Big Island of Hawai`i at an altitude of about 4200 meters, where the available oxygen is only 60% of that found at sea level. This virtual tour allows anyone to freely explore the inside of the Subaru Telescope in 3D or virtual space using a web browser or VR goggles. Some of the major facilities include explanations and videos. Enjoy the "Subaru Telescope Experience" anytime, anywhere.

Let’s Explore!


Rhythm Shimakawa (NAOJ, Project Assistant Professor), Masahiro Miyakami (The University of Electro-Communications, Ph.D. student), Kumiko Usuda-Sato (NAOJ, Public Outreach Specialist)

Various circumstances surrounding Subaru Telescope make it challenging to conduct public tours at the Subaru Telescope facility. We created this virtual tour to show the public how a large telescope works at one of the world's best locations for astronomical observations.
We would like to express our sincere gratitude to Materport Corporation for their generous cooperation in the creation of this tour.

About the Subaru Telescope

The Subaru Telescope near the 4200 meter summit of Maunakea on the Big Island of Hawai`i, operates as a branch of NAOJ. This 8.2-meter optical-infrared telescope serves astronomers from Japan and around the world as they explore the cosmos in an unending quest to gain a deeper and more accurate understanding of everything around us.

3D virtual tours of Mitaka facilities are also available!

For anyone interested in learning about our universe