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!
- Tsukuba, Tsukuba City
- By public transport: From Tsukuba Station, take the Mount Tsukuba Shuttle Bus. The bus takes around 45 minutes.
By car: On the Joban Expressway, exit the expressway at Tsuchiura-Kita IC and drive for around 40 minutes following signs for Mount Tsukuba.
- Tsukuba Tourism and Convention Association
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Science Expo Memorial Park
This park was developed on land previously used during the 1985 World Exhibition. The grounds are worth a visit during autumn and spring.
In autumn, rows of ginkgo trees shower the ground with bright yellow leaves. Over 300 cherry trees fill the park with pale pink petals in spring.
Ishioka Ostrich Farm
Have you ever wanted to surround yourself with ostriches?
With around 1300 ostriches living on the farm, Ishioka Ostrich farm is (somewhat unsurprisingly) the largest ostrich farm in Japan. Be enveloped by ostriches and experience feeding and touching these magnificent birds.
The on-site shop sells products made from ostrich leather and ostrich feathers. Moreover, the barbecue area offers the opportunity to taste healthy ostrich meat or a giant fried egg!
Tsunabi Fireworks Festival
This traditional fireworks festival is held annually in late August and is a designated intangible cultural asset. The festival is held to pray for an abundant harvest and protection from fires.
The festival occurs at two locations: Takaoka Atago Shrine and Obari Atago Shrine.
Additionally, each festival is slightly different. At both locations, puppets are used to perform classic Japanese folktales on a tightrope in midair, accompanied by traditional drums and flutes. Finally, both festivals conclude with fireworks. However, the Obari festival is said to emphasize the story plot during the puppet performance.
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