In days gone by apparently the bus was the only way to get to Tsukuba from Tokyo, however the opening of the Tsukuba Express a few years back has brought Tsukuba only 45 minutes from Akihabara in Tokyo.
1150 yen from Akihabara to Tsukuba.
100 more days to become a real Japanese city(with train station). Starting August 24, 2005 Tsukuba Express will connect From Akihabara(the electric town, in the heart of Tokyo) to Tsukuba Center in 45 minutes.
Tsukuba City offers this free bus services around the city. There are 13 routs connecting city halls and Tsukuba Bus Terminal.
They go around the local residential area to support people who don't drive so it takes time to get where you want to go. Time allowance will be needed when traveling.
The timetable is available at the information center. (Japanese only)
Going to Mt. Tsukuba by Nori Nori:
Take the #3 Nori Nori (small pink) bus from Tsukuba bus terminal to the last stop (Tsukuba station) and transfer to the #1 Nori Nori. The first ride should take about 40 minutes and the second should take 10 minutes if you catch the bus at the right time. Note that the buses follow a closed-loop route and at different they are heading different directions. Make sure you know the schedule for these two routes to avoid excessive waiting (e.g. we waited 1 hour for the #3 and another hour for the #1). A schedule can be obtained at the Foreigner's Information Center that is near the bus terminal.
There are six services per day from Narita Airport to Tsukuba Center.
All bus from the airport can be taken without reservations. You can buy tickets at the Keisei Counter on the first floor of the arrival lobby of the airport.
It takes about 1 hour 40 minutes from the airport.
one-way ticket costs 2,500yen for adults and 1,250yen for children.
While leaving Tsukuba, you will run Southward the
Higashi Oodori . On a Saturday mornig the streets look empty because the are empty. In weekdays (Saturday and Sunday are not weekdays?), bycicles will be running back and forth those alleys made especially for them.
You know when you leave Tsukuba. You certainly do not know when you will arrive in Tokyo. Say, 75 minutes could be a good guessing but the Murphy's Laws travel with you in the same bus. If you had made an appointment and need to be on time, go by train...Even then pray to your gods.