Tsukuba つくば市

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Known as Japan's 'Science City' Tsukuba, due to Japan's Space Agency being based here. The city is relaxed, a planned city of parks and open spaces and only 45 minutes north of Tokyo.

  • Nearest Airport

    Ibaraki International Airport (IBR) - 1 hour by bus

    Narita Airport (NRT) - 1 hour 40 mins by highway bus

    Haneda Airport (HND) - 1 hour 40 mins by highway bus

  • Train Station

    Tsukuba Station - Tsukuba Express Line

  • Districts

    Amakubo - National Science Museum Tsukuba 

    2 Chome - JAXA Tsukuba Space Center

    Mount Tsukuba - Tsukubasan Shrine

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Doho Park and Matsumi Park are also worth a visit and both have excellent sports facilities. Doho Park is laid out around a large lake with a soccer ground, baseball field, tennis courts and a swimming pool as well as a cafeteria within the park. On the north side of the park is the delicious German-style Morgen bakery and next door the Sieger cake and dessert specialists. Sieger also has a konditorei or cafe on its premises.

Matsumi Park has a lovely Japanese strolling garden with carp-filled lake and a 45 meter-tall viewing tower.

Kenkyugakuen Eki-mae Koen just south of Kenkyugakuen Station is a lovely space ideal for family picnics. There is a wetland area with tall reeds and wooden zig-zag bridges, lawns, a Tsukuba-style farm house and a variety of plants and trees.

Doho Park - Tsukuba

Doho Park - Tsukuba

Photo by Toshihiro Matsui, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=53296167

Highland Rockery area of the Tsukuba Botanical Garden

Highland Rockery area of the Tsukuba Botanical Garden

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Mount Tsukuba

Tsukuba's other main attraction are the twin peaks of Mount Tsukuba which are about 870 m in height and offer fantastic views of the Kanto Plain below, as well as an escape from the summer heat.

There are buses from Tsukuba station to the Tsukubasan Shrine at the foot of the mountain and then a cable car (570 yen; 1020 yen return; 8 minutes one-way) to the summit of Nantai (Male mountain) or a ropeway (600 yen; 1070 yen return; 6 minutes one-way) to the top of Nyotai (Female mountain). There are small shrines on the summits of both Mt. Nantai-san and Mt. Nyotai-san.

Tsukubasan Shrine holds festivals on the first day of April and November when mikoshi (portable shrines) are carried up the mountain.

Zuishinmon gate of Tsukubasan shrine in Tsukuba, Ibaraki prefecture

Zuishinmon gate of Tsukubasan shrine in Tsukuba, Ibaraki prefecture

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Mount Tsukuba rail car

Mount Tsukuba rail car

Photo by Sarari1123 on Pixabay

Attractions around Tsukuba

 

Ushiku Daibutsu, the world's largest Buddhist statue at 120m tall is only 30 minutes from Tsukuba and well worth a visit, not only for the impressive bronze statue but also the beautiful flower gardens.

 

The Yokaren Peace Memorial Museum close to nearby Tsuchiura stands on the shores of Lake Kasumigaura is a modern museum dedicated to the teenage boys in the Showa Period who volunteered for the Yokaren flight training school to serve as pilots or ground crew.

 

Hitachi Fudoki no Oka about a 40 minute drive from Tsukuba in Ishioka city is an open-air museum exhibiting historical dwellings from the Jomon to Edo periods of Japanese history set in a popular park which draws crowds in the cherry blossom season.

Ushiku Daibutsu

Ushiku Daibutsu

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