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Facilities for Users

Guest House


The Guest House provides accommodation for users conducting experiments at the SPring-8. To stay at the Guest House, users need to make a reservation in advance.

Check-in  16:00 〜 23:30
Check-out  7:00 〜 10:30 
If your arrival will be after 23:30, please contact the front desk in advance by 22:00. Failure to do so may result in cancellation of the reservation.

For details, please click SPring-8UIsitehere.



The cafeteria is the only place to eat on the SPring-8 campus. Please use the cafeteria to take a break during experiment as well. The cafeteria offers a selection of food: Japanese, Western and Chinese food, noodles, curry, etc. Payment has to be made by transportation ICC (integrated circuit card).

  • If you don’t have one, please get it beforehand at Ticket Offices in major/most train stations that deals with mainly long-distance and reserved seat travel tickets. Although we hold a certain amount of ICC at the shop Kirari (FamilyMart) and/or the front desk of the Guest House, the quantity is presumably limited.
  • For instance, the IC card, ICOCA can be purchased with cash only including a 500-yen deposit at ticketing machines that have English language option at KIX (Kansai International Airport) train stations. You can also buy it at AIOI JR station, the nearest one to the SPring-8/SACLA. Furthermore, the ICOCA can be also used for Shinki bus, the local bus company in this area.
  • ICC charge machines are installed at the entrance of the cafeteria building.
  • You can’t charge the ICCs at the automated cashiers. So please go to the entrance to charge it as necessary.
  • When you don’t need your ICC anymore and want to get the deposit back, please go to your nearest station (e.g. Aioi).In case of ICOCA: A handling fee 220 yen will be deducted from the amount of money remaining on the card. You can get the full deposit of 500 yen back if you return the card empty.

IC Card (SUICA, etc.) can be newly created on a smartdevice. No deposit is required. For more details, click here

Opening hours (During user beamtime)

Breakfast 7:45–9:30(Last order 9:15)
Lunch 11:30–14:00(Last order 13:45)
Dinner 17:30–19:30(Last order 19:15)

Opening hours (During the summer and winter shutdown periods)

Breakfast Closed
Lunch 11:30–14:00(Last order 13:45)
Dinner 17:30–19:30(Last order 19:45)

※Closed on weekends and public holidays.



An ATM can be found in front of Kirari shop at the entrance of the cafeteria building.
Available time:7:45–20:10
*You can use foreign credit cards to withdraw cash.

Kirari (shop)

shopThe shop Kirari is the convenience store located in the cafeteria building. The shop sells light meals such as box lunches and snacks, daily necessities, stationeries, newspapers/magazines, SPring-8 goods.The courier service for Yamato Transport, copy and fax services are also available. For details, please visit the Kirari website(available only in Japanese).

Opening hours (During user beamtime)

  • 10:30–20:00 (weekdays)
  • 11:00–14:00 (weekends and public holidays)

Opening hours (During the summer and winter shutdown periods)

  • 10:30–15:00, 17:00–19:00 (weekdays)
    *Closed on weekends and public holidays.

Health Office


The Health Office is located adjacent to the D3 door of the Storage Ring building. The Health Office has two beds for emergency use (Leave your name in the guest book after use), a wheelchair, body fat monitor/scale, blood pressure meter, optometer, and health-related books. From 9:00 to 17:30 on weekdays, the nurse (Ext. 3299 or Ext. 999) will give adequate first aid to the users who get sick or injured during experiment. The users can also get home medicine at Guest House Front Desk (Ext. 8181). AEDs (automated external defibrillators) are located outside the doors to experimental hall (A1, B1, and C1) and in the Health Office. First aid kits are placed outside the doors to experimental hall (A1, B1, and C1). Stretchers for sick and injured people are available in A1, B1, C1, and D1 areas. For further information, please contact the Health Office at Ext. 3299 or Ext. 999.

Reference Room

The Reference Room is located adjacent to the A2 door of the Storage Ring building and available to users around the clock. Only in the Reference Room, Staff or users can search or look through books and scientific journals. The Reference Room also offers database services by which you can search the JCPDS data (database for X-ray powder diffraction files) through the computer in the Reference Room.

Campus Map

SPring-8 Campus Map

Last modified 2022-06-30 19:36