On-Site Facilities

Sample Preparation Room and Experiment Preparation Room

Sample preparation rooms and experiment preparation rooms are located between the experimental hall and its surrounding corridor in the Storage Ring building. The sample preparation rooms are accessible from the corridor, and experiment preparation rooms can be accessed from the experimental hall. Each beamline has its own sample preparation room and experiment preparation room and they are available to the users during experiment. For safety reasons, please leave the blinds open unless light shielding is necessary for experimental purposes.

User Lounge

User lounges are located at five points: A3-a共7, B3-b共7, C1-c共3, D1-d共3, and D3-d共9 along the corridor of the Storage Ring building. Each user lounge has a sofa, meeting table, white board, electric kettle, microwave, coffee maker, and refrigerator. Please note that unnecessary personal items are disposed of after each cycle. Please also note that the sinks in the user lounges are intended for domestic wastewater; do not pour experimental wastewater down the sink.

Directions for Use of Refrigerator

  • The refrigerator is only for food and drink. Do not store experimental samples in the refrigerator.
  • When keeping food and drink in the refrigerator, be sure to put your name and the storage period on a container/bag.
  • Food and drink can be kept in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.
  • Before you leave SPring-8, please be sure to clean up the leftovers for subsequent users.
  • Leftovers remaining after the storage period or with no name on a container/bag will be disposed of.

If you have any questions regarding the use of the refrigerator, please contact the SPring-8 Users Office (Ext. 2225).

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Biological Sample Preparation Room

The Biological Sample Preparation Room is located at D24 (right between the D2 and D3 doors) in the Storage Ring building and available around the clock (no need to sign up). Please read the instructions on the Biology Preparation Room website before using the room. For items requiring users to keep a log of equipment use, please provide the required information. Please also follow the rules regarding the disposal of effluent and the separation of experimental wastes. Please note that users are not allowed to check out the equipment in the room. If you wish to conduct experiments using organic solvents, use the preparation room in the Laboratory Building (Room No. 210) of the Biomedical Imaging Center, where the draft chamber is available. For details please visit the Biology Preparation Room website.

If you have any questions, please contact Hiroyuki IWAMOTO (Ext. 3884 / email:

[Available Instruments] ice-maker, water purification system, centrifuge (2 types), spectroscope, ultra-deep freezer, refrigerator, incubator, stereomicroscope, ultrasonic cleaner, tube rotator, constant temperature water bath, hot plate, aspirator, homogenizer, fast protein liquid chromatography (FPLC), electronic balance, pH meter, mixer, magnetic stirrer, lab cart, locker for users

Chemical Sample Preparation Room

The Chemical Sample Preparation Room (d共1) is located on the south side of the D1 door of the Storage Ring building. The room is available around the clock to users who have been given instructions on the usage and safety of the room (Our staff providing instructions is available only from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm on weekdays). For details about the room, please refer to the Chemical Sample Preparation Room website. Please also note that since the room has card-controlled access, prior registration is required; if you wish to use the room, please sign up at least 10 days in advance.

If you have any questions, please contact Hiroyuki IWAMOTO (Ext. 3884 / email:

[Available Equipment] gas supply unit (compressed air, argon, nitrogen), fume food, scrubber, laboratory benches, sink, measurement table

[Other Available Instruments] electronic scales, refrigerator, ice maker, pure water system, ultrapure water system, pH meter, ultrasonic cleaner, aspirator, digital constant temperature water bath, sealer, vacuum desiccator, auto dry desiccator, safety cabinet (please offer in the Chemistry Preparation Room Application Form)

Bicycles and Platform Trucks

In the experimental hall, bicycles and platform trucks labeled “For Public Use” are available for use in the experimental hall. When using a bicycle or platform truck, please follow the rules applicable in the experimental hall. Immediately before you use them, carry out a safety check and make sure they are in good working order. In case of puncture or breakdown, please call the staff in charge (PHS: 3826).You are not allowed to use the bicycles labeled “For Public Use” outside the experimental hall. Please contact the Guest House front desk for bicycles that are available for use outside the experimental hall (Don’t use the bicycles outside of SPring-8 Campus, unless you need to go shopping at Kouto-Plaza).
Hyogo prefecture has enforced the mandatory bicycle insurance law. All cyclists are required to have liability insurance from October 1, 2015. Please have liability insurance for riding bicycle at SPring-8/SACLA, and be careful to ride a bicycle.

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Stockrooms are closed from 2018B. Please bring consumables necessary for your experiment by yourself.

Machine Shop

SPring-8 has two types of machine shops: First and Second machine shops. In order to use these machine shops, users must first attend Machine Shop Safety Classes to learn how to use the machine shop instruments.


Click here for the overview of each machine shop.

Equipment Pool

Please follow the rules below to use the equipment managed and maintained by JASRI.

[Rules Applicable to Users]

  • Sign up through the Beamline Scientist. Consult with the Beamline Scientist before proposal submission and make sure to provide information about the desired equipment in the online proposal application form.
  • Instructions on how to use the equipment are given to users by the Beamline Scientist during the beamtime.
  • Keep a log of equipment use in the logbook for each item.
  • In case of any problem with the equipment, keep a log of how it happened in detail in the logbook and inform the Beamline Scientist immediately. Note that the Beamline Scientist is available only during office hours.

[Available Equipment]

  • Imaging Plate (IP) reader, BAS-2500
  • Beam Monitor + Cooling CCD Camera
  • X-ray Image Intensifier + High Speed CCD Camera
  • Flat Panel Detector
  • Cryojet

Liquid Nitrogen

Liquid nitrogen can be obtained at five fill stations located at even intervals along the wall inside the experimental hall. In order to use liquid nitrogen, users must take a safety training course class (viewing a seven-minute safety video). To sign up for a training class, contact JASRI Safety Office during office hours (9:00 am – 5:30 pm on weekdays). Please make sure to keep a record of the liquid nitrogen and dewar you have used in the logbook. While filling a dewar, please keep it away from the oxygen deficiency monitor to avoid false alarms.

[JASRI Safety Office]
Location: 2nd floor in the A Central of the Storage Ring Building
Phone: +81-(0)791-58-0874

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Medium-length Beamline Facility

The Biomedical Imaging Center, consisting of the experimental building and the laboratory building, is located to the south of C zone of the Storage Ring building. The experimental building houses the experimental hutches No. 2 and No. 3 of BL20B2 and the experimental hutch No. 2 of BL20XU, and the users of those beamlines can conduct experiments there. To enter the experimental building, tap your user card on the reader located at the entrance. For details, please contact the Beamline Scientist.

Experimental Animal Facility

The Experimental Animal Facility is located to the south of the Storage Ring building, adjacent to the Biomedical Imaging Center. The Facility includes laboratory spaces where experimental animals delivered by suppliers are temporarily kept until the end of experiments, the treatment room used for animal experiments, and the cell culture room, etc. To conduct animal experiments, you need to have your animal experiment plan approved and be registered as an animal experiment researcher in advance. Please note that if you wish to use transgenic animals, you are required to follow the specified procedures. For procedures to bring experimental animals into SPring-8, and information on how to use the facility and how to apply for the use of cell culture room, please click here.If you need assistance or consultation regarding the use of the facility, please contact the following supervisors:

1 km-long Beamline Facility

The 1 km-long Beamline Facility, which is at the end of the long beamline BL29XU, is located at the east end of the SPring-8 campus. Inside the facility are the experimental hall, which houses the experimental hutch No.3 of BL29XU, and the research laboratory of RIKEN. For details, please contact the Beamline Scientist.

Disposal of Waste

Please take your litter home. Please consult the Beamline Scientist when it is difficult to do so.

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