poor public transportation, super nurdy people
It's beautiful in the Fall season because of the change of the leaves!
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...more
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....more
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...more
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.more
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;...more
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.more
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...more
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...more
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...more
1-5-7 Azuma, Tsukuba, Ibaraki Prefecture, 305-0031, Japan
Good for: Couples
D17-3 Kenkyugakuen, Tsukuba, Ibaraki Prefecture, 305-0817, Japan
Good for: Couples
1-1364-1 Azuma, Tsukuba, Ibaraki Prefecture, 305-0031, Japan
Good for: Couples
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)!more
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...more
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...more
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....more
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"...more
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....more
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.more
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.
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...more
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!!!more
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...more
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.)more
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,...more