Lake Kasumigaura Sightseeing Boat
A sightseeing boat trip is a perfect way to experience the enormous scale of Japan's second-largest lake.
There are two sightseeing boats to board: The White Iris and Jet Wheel The Tsukuba
The White Iris
Departure Time: 9:30, 10:00, 10:30, 11:30, 12:30, 13:30, 14:30, 15:30, 16:00, 16:30
Route: Tsuchiura Port, Kasumigaura City lakeshore, Mount Tsukuba viewpoint, Tsuchiura Port (30 min)
Price: Adults 1540 yen, Children 770 yen
Holidays: Closed on Wednesdays from January to March. Open on Wednesday instead of Thursday if Wednesday is a national holiday. Closed during the New Year holidays. Some services may be reserved for group bookings.
Operator: Lacus Marina (029-822-2437)
Jet Wheel The Tsukuba
Departure Time: 9:25, 10:25,11:25, 12:25, 13:25, 14:25, 16:05, 16:50
Route: Tsuchiura Port, Miho Town lakeshore, Kasumigaura lakeshore, Tsuchiura Port (40 minutes)
Price: Adults 1680 yen, Children 850 yen
Holidays: Please inquire for details. Some services may be reserved for group bookings.
Operator: Joyo Sightseeing 029-823-9708/090-3313-5684
- 2 chome, Kawaguchi, Tsuchiura City
- By public transport: 10-minute walk from Tsuchiura Station on the JR Joban Line
By car: 15-minute drive from either Tsuchiura IC or Sakura-Tsuchiura IC on the Joban Expressway
- Tsuchiura Tourism Association
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Ishioka Festival is one of the largest festivities in the Kanto region, attracting nearly half a million visitors annually. It takes place throughout central Ishioka City and Hitachinokuni Soshagu Shrine.
The festival's highlight is the parade that features traditional floats, mikoshi portable shrines, and shishi-mai lion dances. Moreover, Ishioka Festival is perfect for tasting signature Japanese street food and the latest food trends.
Mount Tsukuba Cablecar and Ropeway
The distinct twin peaks of Mount Tsukuba can be seen towering above the Kanto Plain. The peaks are known as Mount Nantai and Mount Nyotai, the male and female peaks, respectively. The summit of Mount Tsukuba is accessible by foot, cable car, or ropeway.
Mount Tsukuba Cable Car
The Mount Tsukuba Cable Car climbs 1,600 meters in elevation between Miyawaki Station and Mount Tsukuba Station at the mountain's peak. There are two colors of cable car: red and green, representing the fresh green and autumnal leaves visible from the cable car. Various events, including extended opening hours, are held during the foliage season.
Mount Tsukuba Ropeway
This Swiss-made ropeway connects Tsutsujigaoka Station and Nyotai Peak Station.
The twin peaks of Mount Tsukuba are symbolic of Ibaraki. In Japanese, the peaks are Nyotai and Nantai, meaning the female peak and male peak, respectively. At 877 meters tall, Nyotai, the female peak, is the higher of the two. Mount Tsukuba is accessible in under two hours from Tokyo, making it ideal for escaping city life and getting in touch with nature. There are over 1000 species of flora and fauna on the mountain alone!
Both peaks are easily accessible by cable car or ropeway. If you're looking to exercise, there are plenty of hiking trails that suit all levels. Many trails have unique rock formations and historical Shinto sites.
While Mount Fuji is the symbol of western Japan, Mount Tsukuba is undeniably the symbol of eastern Japan. No trip to the Kanto region is complete without exploring this mountain!
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