Tsukuba Travel Guide

  • Tsukuba
    by jeanx58
  • Tsukuba
    by jeanx58
  • %cbThe cable car at Tsukubayama%c*
    The cable car at Tsukubayama
    by joiwatani

Tsukuba Things to Do

  • Watch the cable cars come and go!

    I left my father at the cable car station because he can't climb up the hill which took me 30 minutes or so to hike. I just have to have my exercise that day, so I went all the way to the shrine. The hike was steep and hard.My father just went to the view deck and watched the cable cars come and go with local tourists and visitors. The cable cars...

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  • Check out the huge Frog at Tsukubayama

    If you are not tired hiking up to the shrine yet, make sure to check the big frog building that is perched up on the hill. It takes about 20-30 minutes hike. You can see the frog from the parking lot of the Tsukubayama. The frog is a symbol of good luck to the Japanese. At Tsukubayama, there are tiny figurines of frogs to buy, frog key chains, etc....

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  • Go up the hill and follow the path to...

    I left my father at the cable station and told him that I wanted to hike up the hill and follow the path where it will lead me. Since I had my sneakers on, I thought it would be an easy climb. For about fifteen minutes, it lead me to an intersection and one goes to the left where it goes down to another town. I followed the other fork and it led me...

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  • Tsukuba-San

    It's a good weekend getaway. Mt. Tsukuba has two peaks; one is Nantaisan(represents male) and the other is Nyotaisan(female). From the elevation of 800m above sea level, you can enjoy the view of Kanto plain. As well as some hiking trails, ropeway and cablecars are available.For a travel plan, see my album.

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  • Epochal International Congress Center

    This is a very modern building with beautiful architecture. International events such as conventions/exhibitions, seminars ..etc. are held here. It also has a nice restaurant, rooftop garden and you can pick up a simple city brochure/map guide here. Nearby, there are a couple of electronic stores that are pretty interesting to window shop in;...

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  • NOVA hall

    Right next to the Foreign Info Center is a modern concert hall that's worth keeping an eye on. Visit their website for upcoming performances, some of which are free. When it was raining during my first weekend here, I wandered into a free 2 hour opera demi concert feature various singers with some piano accompaniment. It was very lovely.

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  • Yukari-no-mori

    Yukari-no-mori may be a bit hard to find as it is situated pretty much off of the main road in the middle of no where (farmland). But if you manage to find the small road leading from the high way, you will find yourself in a lovely dense forrest grove (mori) with looming trees. It is a campsite, with tennis courts and cabins/lodges. There are also...

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  • Doho Park

    Very beautiful, serene place. There's a huge circular running track that borders the lake, so if you'd like to go for a nice scenic jog, its pretty sweet. For those who just want to relax, you can sit by the lakeside and admire the beautiful landscaped flower beds and trees, or feed the fish from the bridge.Also, there's a community center with a...

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  • Climb Mt. Tsukuba

    The main attracion for Tsukuba is probably Mt. Tsukuba, where the twin peaks (designated male and female) loom over the city from a distance. It is a relatively easy climb and the tourist trail is dotted with small shops and interesting things to see along the way. Notably, the Temple, the Giant Frog and hot spring. Best time to go would probably...

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Tsukuba Hotels

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  • Daiwa Roynet Hotel Tsukuba

    1-5-7 Azuma, Tsukuba, Ibaraki Prefecture, 305-0031, Japan

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

  • Hotel Best Land

    D17-3 Kenkyugakuen, Tsukuba, Ibaraki Prefecture, 305-0817, Japan

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

  • Okura Frontier Hotel Tsukuba Epochal

    2-20-1 Takezono, Tsukuba, Ibaraki Prefecture, 305-0032, Japan

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

Tsukuba Restaurants

  • Authentic Teriyaki restaurant

    This little shop is nice and cosy. Restaurant opens about 6pm. Restaurant is about 1 Km from the Tsukuba International congress center. Very nice Teriyaki and the price is reasonable too. Their teriyaki rice and chicken (balls/meat) are very nice. Try it together with cold jap rice wine (sake)!

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  • A Casual Italian Restaurant

    You will enjoy the great Italian dishes in a casual cafe Atomosphere. It dosen't look like an Italian restaurant at all if they don't show the Italian flag sign outside.It's a good place to have lunch. The dinner set is reasonably priced too.If you are planning to go there in a large group, you may want to make a reservation. Order chef's...

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  • My Favorite Cafe in Tsukuba

    You can expect more than coffee at this cafe, you can have pasta, sandwiches, some oriental sweets and you name it!There are 3 kinds of lunch specials everyday.It includes a cup of soup, salad and your choice of drink (you can choose beer or wine. it's not very common in Japan!) and cost only 900 yen(less than US$10)! French Toast with lots of...

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Tsukuba Transportation

  • Tsukuba Express

    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.

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  • Tsukuba Express

    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.

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  • Nori-Nori Bus

    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....

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Tsukuba Local Customs

  • Elections (-;

    A democracy is a form of government in which the people, either directly or indirectly, take part in governing. However, the term is also sometimes used as a measurement of how much influence a people has over their government, as in how much democracy exists. The word democracy originates from the Greek "demos" meaning "the people" and "kratein"...

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  • Shinto

    The Japanese have adapted and adopted many religions. ***o (polyteist) seems to take care of the good things of life: new born child, founding a company, wedding(?), moving to anew house and in general "the start"...Shrines are visited, or the priest pays a visit, in any of of these events....

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  • Cherry Blossom Viewing

    Cherry blossom viewing is one of the most important event for Japanese people in spring. It only lasts for about a week so as soon as you find the cherry trees are blooming, you need to set up the "hanami" parties. Hanami could be a family picnic under the cherry blossom or the moon lit party with lots of sake.

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Tsukuba Tourist Traps

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    by joiwatani Written Nov 16, 2008

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    The last trip of the cable car crossing the mountains is at 4 pm. Make sure to get to the cable station at 2 pm so you can find time to climb the hill. Hiking to the temple and getting to the view point is probably about 45 minutes to an hour.

    Unique Suggestions: Very tricky. Make sure to eliminate your hike up the hill to the look-out.

    Fun Alternatives: Schedule your trip to Tsukubayama cable car ride in the morning to give you a lot of time. Don't go there in the late afternoon.

    %cbThe cable car%c* %cbThe cable car station%c* %cbMy father at Tsukubayama Cable Car Station%c* %cbI was feeling good for the climb!%c* %cbWaiting for my turn to get into the cable car%c
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Tsukuba Off The Beaten Path

  • Haven't seen this on TV?

    This sunken square of Tsukuba Center Building is often used to shoot the fighting scenes for the power-ranger-typed TV shows.It's kinda funny to see the place I see everyday in the back ground of the super heroes fighting againist the evil guys.

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  • Every interesting place is marked ...

    ... by an history or a story. Tsukuba is marked by a mountain. In Japan all the mountain are sacre. Tsukuba-san is double in one way - two picks: a female pick and a male one. The female pick is higher than the male...

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  • go see a spacecraft

    Come see inside of the JEM (Japanese Experiment Module) at NASDA Headquarters in Tsukuba before it is launched into space as part of the International Space Station.

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Tsukuba Sports & Outdoors

  • HiQueen!! or HiPrincess!! ( I do not...

    ACHTUNG: DO NOT RATE THESE PAGES!!!!at least you think they offer information that you cannot access in Encyclopaedia Brittannica. and other serious sources.Going up to Mt. TsukubaThe story is rather simple and it was told to my VTFriends; those who came and rated this series of pictures were called clowns by someone who eats from our efforts in...

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  • The start

    Close to the building of the cable car you will kind the TOSANGUCHI. The chinese (now japanese!) characters indicating the entrance to the hiking path that will take you up...(if you bring enough"equipment") Bring energy in any form. Remember: you can not destroy energy, but energy can destroy you!!!

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  • Smile now...you will cry later.

    Ivanics is a kind of photography -very similar to what Annamation is in videos- where you should be able to have a picture of you and a pretty girl without asking anybody to take the picture. This was taken at the TOOSANGUCHI and the reason because I was not smiling can be tracked to not being that innocent: hard work ahead..*For Ivanics and...

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Tsukuba Favorites

  • Free Internet Acces

    Tsukuba Community Supporting Center provides FREE Internet acces for visitoris. You can spend an hour to check your VT pages here! Don't have to spend money at other Internet cafes.Located in the Tsukuba Center BuildingOpen 10am to 10pmClosed on Mondays(when it's national holiday, the next day will be closed.)

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  • Tsukuba Information Center

    It has an exhibition on the history of Tsukuba Science City, which offers you a point to start a visit to the profile of the city.The center also assists in international exchange activities. They offer many programs for foreign residents in Tsukuba such as flower arrangement classes and Japanese lessons. It is located in Tsukuba Center Building,...

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  • yayoi no sora wa

    Cherry blossoms, cherry blossomsunder the April skyas far as you can see,like mists or cloudsblooming fragrantly.Let us go! Let us go!Let us go to see them.

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I wish you were here, and here you are
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The last time I saw her
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The pink Nori Nori bus is free but infrequent
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Blaming others for own faults. Not in Japan
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Airport Liner NATT's (a direct bus)
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Putanesca!!!!!!!
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I need to lay down...
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Let them go
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Can i go first?
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Cable Car
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I can go faster than you...
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Local custom
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Ivanics' time
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But it's taking too long...
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Shall I interrupt
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Your arms go to your sides...
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Yoga Lessons
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Few stps up there...
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Deseperate for a rest place...
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850 mts to go
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Traffic
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Nervous smile
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Lonely Plan Z
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Strange solitude
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Flowers
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Flowers
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At last!!!!
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Ah! Those beautiful signs
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Seated
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Konnichi wa
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The first plateau
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I came back to see if you are ok
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Are you OK?
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Tsukuba-san Jinja
Local Customs
Eat Unagi and tell her you aet it
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Drive-by shooting (or Annapet IM technique)2
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Paragliding
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Paragliding
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To Tokyo by JR Highway Bus
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"Hanami" in Norin Danchi
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Map of Tsukuba

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