The National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) in Tsukuba in Ibaraki Prefecture, is a leading Japanese research institute with strong international credentials.
Founded in 2001 in an amalgamation of other research institutes, AIST is Japan's largest public research organization and employs over 3,000 people. AIST is a leader in the field of green innovations, standardization, solar-power, and industrial R&D.
The National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) site in Tsukuba has both a Geological Museum and the interesting Science Square Tsukuba. Here visitors can see displays of the latest Japanese robots including the therapeutic seal robot, Paro, a dinosaur robot, Tyrannosaurus, the Choromet mini-humanoid robots and a number of full-size humanoid robots in the HRP series.
Awarded a Michelin Green Star, the museums are free to the public and are fun for families with young children. The Tsukuba site has a noted outdoor cafe looking over a lovely pond.
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