Kwasan and Hida Observatories, Graduate School of Schience, Kyoto University japanese Home page

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 pioneering research.

The Kwasan observatory was constructed 75 years ago and historically had been Kyoto University's most important observing station 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.