The "Kwasan and Hida Observatories, Kyoto University" consist of
two main observing stations. These are, the Kwasan Observatory in Kyoto,
and the Hida Observatory, in Hida.
The Hida observatory was constructed in 1968. It is located in the
Japanese northern Alps, where the clean air provides
us with one of the best observing sites in Japan. We
have several instruments at the Hida observatory. For example, the Domeless Solar
Telescope (DST) , and the 65cm refractor
telescope. We use these large and powerful instruments to make
The Kwasan observatory was constructed 75 years
ago and historically had been Kyoto University's most important
before the construction of the Hida observatory. Nowadays,
Kwasan observatory is used mainly for data analysis, numerical
simulations with workstations, and education. However, we continue
to make high quality solar observations at this observatory.
Furthermore, opportunities are provided for high school students, or
students from other universities, to use the observatory's instruments and
workstations for education. We also continue to keep the observatory
open to the general public.