Tsukuba is in its own world when it comes to matters concerning beauty. It has its particular kind of fascinating features and exciting stuff to embark on and feel satisfied beyond measure. Even for those who believe in fantasy and fairy tales, they might find solace once some of their atypical imaginations are brought into reality by this alluring prefecture. Here are just a few of the exhilarating activities you can do when you visit Tsukuba.
The place to visit is none other than Mount Tsukuba. On those beautiful days with the bright sky, take a hike to the peak and you will get a magical view of the entire Tokyo City Centre. It takes one a 3-hour backpack walk up the hill and a half an hour downhill. You can take a train up and down if you don’t want to climb or down. At the top, there are a few restaurants as well as shops. You can also enjoy the rope way at the top of Mount Tsukuba.
- Name: Mount Tsukuba
- Address: 2530-2 Karima, Tsukuba-shi, Ibaraki-ken 305-8555
- Phone: +81 298511969
- Website: http://www.mt-tsukuba.com/#_=_
2. Tsukuba Hotel
Along a bustling thoroughfare, this business hotel dating from 1957 is 2 km from both 7th-century Sensō-ji temple and Tokyo National Museum. Snug, rooms have free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, and tea making facilities. Some rooms have tatami floors and futons. Upgraded rooms include suite bathrooms. Amenities include coin-operated laundry facilities, massage services, and a gender-segregated, communal bathhouse.
- Name: Tsukuba Hotel
- Address: Japan, 〒111-0041 Tokyo, Taito, 元浅草2丁目7−8
- Phone: +81 3-3834-2556
- Website: http://hotelink.co.jp/tsukuba/
3. Tsukuba Space Centre
Located in Tsukuba Science City in Ibaraki administrative division Tsukuba Space Center is the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency’s headquarters. Opened in 1972 it serves as the primary location for Japans space operations and research programs where Japanese astronauts involved in the International Space Station are trained. The Space Centre offers tours of the facility as well as an exhibit hall featuring models of the H-11 Transfer Vehicle and a complete packaged mock-up of the KIBO module on the International Space Station.
- Name: Tsukuba Space Center
- Address: Japan, 〒305-8505 Ibaraki Prefecture, Tsukuba, Sengen, ２−１−１
- Phone: +81 29-868-5000
- Opening hour: Mon-Fri; 9:30 AM -5:45 PM, Sat-Sun: Closed
- Website: http://www.jaxa.jp/about/centers/tksc/index_j.html
4. Tsukuba Shrine
It was Founded in the 7th Century; this beautiful shrine is a historic place of worship dedicated to the sacred Mount Tsukuba whose peaks are associated with the god and goddess of Japanese mythology. Also visited by wild birds and seasonal flowers and trees growing freshly on its grounds Tsukuba Shrine is a site to behold especially in the early summer. One of its most famous features, however, is a roofed bridge named Goshinkyo, built in the 17th century by Tokugawa Limits. It’s only during the Gonzaga festival and Toshikoshi festival (April and November 1)and (February 10 and 11) respectively; those worshipers are allowed across this bridge.
- Name: Tsukubasan Shrine
- Address: Japan, 〒300-4352 Ibaraki Prefecture, Tsukuba, 筑波１番地
- Phone: 029-866-0502
- Website: http://www.tsukubasanjinja.jp/
5. The University of Tsukuba
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It is one of the most radical research universities in the whole of Japan. It is located in the city of Tsukuba. The university has 28 college clusters. The main campus covers an area of 285 hectares making it the second largest single campus in Japan. For an academic and research oriented visit the University of Tsukuba has it all for you.
6. Tsukuba Botanical Garden
Visit Tsukuba Botanical Garden neighboring the University of Tsukuba. The garden is a must visit as it acts as the National museum of nature and science. This garden offers an expounding public education. The botanical garden has three greenhouses and has fully supported eight researchers in plant taxonomy.
- Name: Tsukuba Botanical Garden
- Address: Japan, 〒305-0005 茨城県つくば市天久保４－１－１
- Phone: +81 29-851-5159
- Website: http://www.tbg.kahaku.go.jp/
7. Tsukuba EXPO Center
Found in Tsukuba is a science museum which has some science-related objects. The objects are designed and one of a kind, including a fifty tonnes stone that can be moved using social force! It has the largest planetarium in the whole world, and you will need to buy a unique ticket to visit.
- Name: Tsukuba EXPO Center
- Address: Japan, 〒305-0031 Ibaraki Prefecture, Tsukuba, 吾妻2−9
- Phone: +81 29-858-1100
- Opening hour: Mon: Closed, Tue-Sun: 9:50 AM–5:00 PM
- Website: http://www.expocenter.or.jp/
8. Tsukuba Geological Museum
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There is such a place to enjoy fossils and exceptionally shiny rocks called Tsukuba Geological Museum. On its ground floor are minerals, Japanese fossils, and geological formations. There are well-trained museum workers to guide you through and to educate you as well as explain about the museum and everything you need to know about the place.
- Name: 地質標本館
- Address: Japan, 〒305-0046 茨城県つくば市東１丁目１−１
- Phone: +81 29-861-3750
- Website: https://www.gsj.jp/Muse/
9. Aeon Mall Tsukuba
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Aeon Mall Tsukuba one of those cool places the new generation tend to refer to the ‘chilling-spot’. This newly opened mall was inaugurated in March 2013. It’s a great shopping outlet where you will get everything that you desire. In fact, this is a place that certainly deserves the name ‘Grand mall.’
- Name: イオンモールつくば
- Address: Japan, 〒305-0071 Ibaraki Prefecture, Tsukuba, Inaoka, ６６−１
- Price:+81 29-836-8600
- Opening hours: 9 AM – 9 PM
- Website: http://tsukuba-aeonmall.com/
10. Hirasawa Kanga Ruins, Tsukuba
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The Kanga ruins located in Tsukuba are ancient buildings of the Japanese Government from the eighth century. More than a thousand years ago. There are warehouses which are surrounded by a wide ditch which is known to be the storage facility for county tax payment. It is such a place to visit to see great site of tiles and ink stone artifacts.
- Name: 平沢官衙遺跡
- Address: 353 Hirasawa, Tsukuba 300-4213 , Ibaraki Prefecture
- Local address: 〒300-4213平沢353
- Website: http://tsukuba.wikia.com/wiki/Hirasawa_Kanga_Iseki
11. Tsukuba Science Square
One can see how beautifully advanced science and technology found in Science Square Tsukuba will ultimately contribute to a brighter future for the whole world. It is a science and technology showroom where research is carried out and results easily understood.
- Name: Science Square tsukuba
- Address: 1-1-1 Higashi | Chuo Daiichi Chuo Honkan 1F, Tsukuba, Ibaraki Prefecture
- Phone: +81 29-862-6215
- Website: http://www.aist.go.jp/sst/ja/index.html#_=_
12. Tsukuba Cyber Dyne Studio
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Cyber Dyne, a large Japanese robotics firm that markets and distributes HAL 5 robotic exoskeleton suit. It is located in Tsukuba city. It has taken international attention after announcing that it will market and distribute HAL 5, hybrid assistive limb. Tsukuba Cyber Dyne Studio is the perfect destination to visit and get to see these hybrid assistive limbs, made into perfection.
13. National Museum of Japanese History
What’s fascinating than the Japanese Red Seal Ship history? National Museum of Japanese History makes it feel like it was just a day ago when the ship used to cruise so sweetly in the tormenting tides. I would sit and even sleep at the compound if accorded a chance.
- Name: National Museum of Japanese History
- Address: 117 Jonaicho, Sakura, Chiba Prefecture 285-0017, Japan
- Phone: +81 3-5777-8600
- Founded: 1981
- Opening hours: 9:30 AM – 4:00 PM
- Website: http://www.rekihaku.ac.jp/
14. Doho Park Pool
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Doho Park is a park where swimmers go to enjoy the pool as it has the flat entrance fee. It is a place you can go and relax. The park is connected by several pathways or pedestrian walks and bikeways. A few rules of the park has been laid down to ensure the safety of the visitors, and it’s no doubt the place to be!
- Name: Doho Park
- Address: Japan, 〒305-0051 茨城県つくば市二の宮２丁目
- Phone: +81 29-852-1432
- Website: http://www.koen.pref.ibaraki.jp/park/doho01.html
15. Matsumi Park
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If you’ve never been to Matsumi Park, then you are missing quite a lot. It’s the place where most people go to unwind. The view is pleasing, and the beautiful old tower stands tall above everything else. In case you have finalized your daily dealings, and you are feeling a little rusty, don’t hesitate to pay the park visit.
- Name: Matsumi Park
- Address: Japan, 茨城県つくば市天久保１丁目
- Phone: +81 29-851-5705
- Website: http://www.city.tsukuba.ibaraki.jp/2117/4700/004733.html#_=_
Have a good trip and travel!