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.
- 1 Tsukuba, Tsukuba City
- By public transport: 30 minutes by shuttle bus from Tsukuba Station
By car: 40-minute drive from Tsuchiura-Kita IC on the Joban Expressway
- Business Hours
- Business Hours
Every 20 minutes from 9:20-16:20
- TEL: 029-866-0611
Adult One-way: 590 yen
Adult Return: 1070 yen
Child One-way: 300 yen
Child Return: 540 yen
Adult One-way: 630 yen
Adult Return: 1120 yen
Child One-way: 320 yen
Child Return: 560 yen
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Ushiku Daibutsu Buddha Statue
This giant Buddhist statue towers above the Ibaraki countryside. At 120 meters tall, it holds the Guinness World Record as the tallest standing bronze statue worldwide.
Visitors can go inside the Buddha and take the lift to an observation platform that offers stunning views over the Kanto Plains. The statue also contains a Buddhist Temple, a Buddhist memorial, and an area for practicing Buddhist calligraphy.
During spring, the grounds around the statue are filled with stunning pink cherry blossom trees and moss phlox (a type of blossom covering the ground), making for a breathtaking spectacle.
English-speaking staff and information are available to ensure you get the most out of your visit.
Itako Iris Festival
During this festival in June, over a million irises fill the canal city of Itako with a splash of color.
Various events are held on weekends during the festival, including Ayame Odori, a traditional dance taking place in the iris gardens. There's also the "yomeiri-bune," a traditional ceremony where a bride dressed in a traditional wedding kimono travels by boat to meet her new husband.
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