Spots in Tsukuba / Ushiku Area

  • Ushiku Daibutsu
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    4.0
    410 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Ibaraki Pref. Ushikushi Kunochou 2083
    World’s largest free-standing bronze statue—at 120 meters. The inner body is divided into five levels—one floor for trying sutras, one floor with 3,400 internal buddha statues, and an observatory deck where you can see Mt. Fuji and Tokyo Skytree from a height of 85 meters. There’s plenty to enjoy in the area too, from the small zoo where you can see monkey acrobatics or feed small animals to the Pure Land-style gardens with beautiful flowers in each season.

    Having an extra day in Tokyo following business meetings it was quite easy to use Google Maps to come up with train instructions to get to Ushiku Daibutsu. It was a great morning and easy to self...

  • Tsukubasan-jinja Shrine
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    4.0
    177 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Ibaraki Pref. Tsukubashi Tsukuba 1-1
    Tsukubasan-jinja Shrine enshrines the spirits of Mt. Tsukuba, a holy mountain in the eastern Kanto region. Its mention in 25 of the poems in the Nara period collection of poems the Manyoshu shows that it was well known even then but its history is said to stretch back almost 3,000 years. Tsukuba’s god and goddess Izanagi and Izanami give benefits towards marriages and harmonious unions. Many visitors come to the shrine for the New Year’s Eve and New Year festivals.

    An ancient shrine at the foot of Mount Tsukuba. Legend has it that the site of the shrine has over 3000 years of history. There’s a beautiful main hall and trails that go around the shrine.

  • Iias TSUKUBA
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    4.5
    22 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Ibaraki Tsukuba-shi Kenkyu-gakuen 5-19

    During my recent business travel to Japan I was staying in Tsukuba and had a chance to visit the Iias Mall several times. The mall is huge and has so many choices for places to eat at great value. I...

  • Asahi Beer Ibaraki Factory
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    4.5
    67 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Ibaraki Pref. Moriyashi Midori 1-1-1
    There is a 10-minute free shuttle bus from Moriya Station on the Tsukuba Express Line to reach the Asahi Beer Ibaraki Factory. Starting with a video at the orientation theater enjoy learning about the bottling process and environmental initiatives from the tour guides. After the tour try a sample of Asahi Super Dry and Dry Black fresh from the factory (there is a 20-minute, three drink per person limit). There’s also a giftshop with novelties and factory exclusive items as well as a garden that you can explore either before or after your tour.

    I went here with my family in 2014. we are English with a Japanese daughter in law. the tour was free and they provided us with an English speaking guide. The guide was excellent and pleased to...

  • Tsukuba Wanwan Land
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    3.5
    77 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Ibaraki Pref. Tsukubashi Numata 579
    Tsukuba Wanwan Land is a large-scale interactive zoo where you can pat the animals. A landmark is Mokkun, an 11-meter high wooden statue which is a dog-shaped observatory. Dogs are the main attraction, and there are about 500 dogs from 90 breeds. You can pat your favorite dog as well as experience walking with it. In addition to dogs, there is a building which houses cats only and an area which you can pat small animals so you can experience interacting with a wide range of animals. Entry with your pet dog is available. Your dog can use a dog run, and there are events in which it can participate.

    メインはわんちゃんですが、ねこハウスもあり、猫ちゃんとも触れあえます。わんちゃんのショーや、子供が遊べる広場もありますが、丸々一日いる感じではないかなと思います。

  • Mt. Tsukuba
    Travel / Tourism
    Ibaraki Pref. Tsukubashi Tsukuba
    An 877 meter tall mountain located in Tsukuba City, Ibaraki Prefecture which has two peaks—Nantai-san and Nyotai-san (“men's body” and “female body,” respectively). Due to the color the mountain takes on in the morning and at dusk, it is also known as “Violet Peak,” and has been popularly worshipped as a sacred mountain since ancient times. Over 1,000 varieties of plants grow on the mountain, and visitors can enjoy the sight of various plant lives here throughout the year. A cable car and ropeway provide convenient access to the top of the mountain, making it easy even for children and senior citizens to enjoy the beautiful view. On Saturday, Sunday, and holiday evenings from October to the end of February (excluding during bad weather, the New Year's holidays, and safety inspections), visitors can ride the ropeway as part of a special “Stardust Cruising” event and take in the beautiful nightscape of the surrounding area.
  • Ibaraki Prefectural Doho Park
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    4.0
    75 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Ibaraki Pref. Tsukubashi Ninomiya 2-20
    Ibaraki Prefectural Doho Park located in Tsukuba City is a prefectural urban park. Seasonal trees spread out around the Doho Pond. In addition to an athletics field and a gymnasium, which is available for a fee, it is equipped with a year-round heated pool and tennis courts with night lighting. There is also an athletic facility which is free of charge and families can also enjoy it together. It holds sports classes such as tennis and swimming, events such as ground golf competitions, and orienteering.

    The park has a quite lake. Good hiking path around the lake. A café shop is on the shore of the lake. With a large window of the lake view. It is quite and peaceful. A lecture room is on the top...

  • Geospatial Information Authority of Japan Science Museum of Map and Survey
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    4.0
    56 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Ibaraki Pref. Tsukubashi Kitasato 1
    "A science museum located close to the ""Kokudo Chiriin"" bus stop on the Kanto Railway Bus which leaves from Tsukuba Station in Ibaraki Prefecture. Through videos, informational panels, human body rulers, dioramas, eye measuring activities, and other exhibits, visitors can learn about the history, principles, mechanisms, and latest technologies concerning maps and surveying. At the adjoining Earth Plaza, there is a hemispherical model of the globe from the position of the Japanese islands from which visitors can get a sense of the true curvature of the planet, and Kunikaze, a former survey plane, is also on display here. The museum also holds special exhibitions, map and surveying orientations, and lectures."

    We visited with my daughters (7 and 4 years old). We spent around 2 hours there. Its a good place visit.

  • National Museum of Nature and Science (Tsukuba Botanical Garden)
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    4.5
    53 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Ibaraki Pref. Tsukubashi Amakubo 4-1-1
    Located in Tsukuba City, Ibaraki Prefecture, this botanical garden is a part of the National Museum of Nature and Science, fully utilizing its position amid the rich nature at the southern base of Mt. Tsukuba, 7,000 species of plants—tropical and temperate—from Japan and around the world are cultivated here. General visitors can see roughly 3,000 of them. The garden is divided into nine sections, like evergreens, shrubs, aquatic plants, etc., and features three greenhouses recreating environments like the savannah and the tropical rainforest. You can see many rare foreign plants here.

    It is a gem of a place. Located near to Tsukuba University,bit is quiet and serene. If you plan to eat/picnic here, you need to bring your own food.

  • Kirin Beer Toride Plant
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    4.5
    38 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Ibaraki Pref. Torideshi Kuwabara 188-1
    This Kirin factory produces Kirin Ichiban Shibori and Heartland beers, and with an advance reservation you can go on a free tour. Tour-goers can see the production process, taste and compare first-press and second-press beer wort, try beer malt, and sample Kirin beers and soft drinks. The factory's family tours every Saturday and Sunday, Heartland tours every second Saturday of the month, and special paid tours held once a month are also popular.

    The tour itself takes about an hour, and focuses on the Ichiban Shibori Kirin brand, explaining the brewing process, what makes it special, and views of the various stages of the subsequent bottling...

  • Tsukubasan Edoya
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    3.5
    51 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Ibaraki Pref. Tsukubashi Tsukuba 728
    A hot spring inn located a 35-minute drive from the Tsuchiura-kita interchange. This long-standing inn was established more than 390 years ago. The waters of the alkaline simple hot spring used to supply the inn's bathhouse are said to benefit such ailments as nerve pain, muscle soreness, and fatigue, in addition to beautifying the skin. The inn has a large indoor bath area as well as an outdoor bath in which visitors can bath while enjoying untouched, natural, seasonal scenery. The inn's bathhouse facilities are open to non-guests and the inn sells a full array of amenities, including shampoo, conditioner, and body soap, as well as shower caps and other useful items.

    This hotel sits right next to the famous Tsukubasan Shrine, a historical Japanese shindo shrine. The cable car is right behind the shrine and it takes only about 10-min ride to the top of the...

  • Tsukuba Expo ’85 Memorial Park
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Ibaraki Pref. Tsukubashi Miyukigaoka 6
    A park erected on the site of the Expo '85 international exposition. The 10-meter tall Kagaku no Mon gate commemorates the expo; modeled after the symbol tower of the Japanese government's exposition hall, it was built to one fourth scale of the original. The silver balls suspended inside the gate depict the faces of four famous scientists, depending on the angle of the viewer. The park is also a renowned destination for cherry blossoms, and in spring some 300 Yoshino cherries come into bloom on the grounds.
  • Geological Museum
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    4.5
    49 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Ibaraki Pref. Tsukubashi Higashi 1-1-1
    A museum located 10 minutes from the Sakura-tsuchiura interchange on the Joban Expressway. The only comprehensive museum in the country dedicated to the earth sciences, here visitors can view exhibits on minerals and fossils for free. Visitors can have fun while learning about the history of the earth through exhibits like a replica of the fossilized skeleton of a Desmostylus, a mammal which lived along the North Pacific coast during the Neogene period; and three-dimensional geological models such as cross-sectional views of Mt. Fuji and the Mt. Hakone volcano complex.

    Free to park and entry Friendly staff Geology dream plenty to look and lots of interactive display . Some awesome Crystals Lift to all floors Lack some information in English but overall an...

  • Tsukubasan Cable Car
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    4.0
    23 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Ibaraki Pref. Tsukubashi Tsukuba 1
    Tsukuba cable car established in 1925 is a historic cable car which was the 2nd earliest cable car to operate in Kanto and the 5th earliest in Japan. It connects the 1,643 meters between Miyawaki Station half way up Tsukubasan (305 meters above sea level) and Tsukubasancho Station (800 meters above sea level) in about eight minutes. From its windows, you can gaze at seasonal plants and flowers, and it is a perfect place for foliage especially in fall. The view from the peak is magnificent, and you can see Tokyo Skytree in the distance.

    We had a exiting ride to the Tsukuba mount by rope way which offered a marvelous view of surrounding. Can not explain the feeling when I saw the canopy forest down while climbing up. Once you land to...

  • Pocket Farm Dokidoki Tsukuba Ushiku Branch
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    4.0
    22 Reviews
    Shopping
    Ibaraki Pref. Ushikushi Shishikochou 967-1
    A farm-themed amusement facility dedicated to nature, agriculture, and food located a 10-minute drive from the Tsukuba-Ushiku interchange. There's a farm-fresh shop, activity farm, barbecue hall, and bamboo forest, giving visitors the chance to come in contact with food education and local agriculture surrounded by natural beauty. The buffet-style restaurant serves dishes made with fresh, seasonal vegetables and handmade hams and sausages. The facility also holds sausage making classes on weekends using roast pork from Ibaraki Prefecture.

    DokiDoki Farm restaurant has become our Sunday lunch treat outing. The ambience has become somewhat like a cafeteria but the food remains to be excellent. Tasty, fresh selection. Our vegetarian...

  • Tsukuba Onsen Kirari Bettei
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    4.0
    11 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Ibaraki Tsukuba-shi Nishiohashi 614-1

    綺麗な温浴施設です。開館からまだ2年位のようです。従業員がたくさんいて、皆さんがとても感じが良かったのが印象的です。タオルとバスタオルが利用料金に入っていて、手ぶらで利用出来ます。かけ流しの露天風呂と高濃度の炭酸の湯も。サウナは一時間おきに、自動ロリュウがあります。利用はしませんでしたが、追加料金を払うと岩盤浴も利用出来て漫画があるそうです。レストラン、マッサージ、垢すり一通り揃っています。

  • Peony Garden Tokyo in Tsukuba
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    4.5
    30 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Ibaraki Pref. Tsukubashi Wakaguri 500
    Some 10 thousand tree peonies spanning 550 varieties as well as 20 thousand Chinese peonies spanning 250 varieties are grown on the vast, approximately 60 thousand square meter grounds of this botanical garden. During the peak blooming period in early summer, the garden sees many visitors. The garden is open from late April to May.

    So many beautiful flowers in such a peaceful setting. Our grandmother does watercolor painting of flowers so we plan to take her there this coming season.

  • Ushiku Nature Observation Forest
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    4.0
    21 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Ibaraki Pref. Ushikushi Kessokuchou 489-1
    This forest park in Ushiku City, Ibaraki Prefecture was created as part of a project to establish areas for making use of nature for local residents and was opened in 1990. Nature observers are permanently stationed in the park who provide the latest information on what's happening on its grounds. From plants to animals, visitors can come in contact with nature in the park in a variety of ways, including the park's centrally located Nature Center and its animal exhibits and activity corner, a beech (chinquapin) forest, owl forest, and Japanese hare hill. The Nature Center loans out binoculars and magnifying glasses and also holds events such as birdwatching and animal care classes for children.

    Ushiku Nature Park is north of Tokyo in Ibaraki Prefecture. A great place to bird watch, hike the nature trails, and just relax. A nature center there provides a place to see fish tanks and they...

  • Science Square Tsukuba
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    4.0
    24 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Ibaraki Pref. Tsukubashi Higashi 1-1-1
    "A science and industry public relations hall which presents the research and results of AIST, the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology. The entrance to the facility is located at the Namiki 2-Chome intersection along Gakuen Higashi Odori Avenue. Entry is free. With an advance reservation, visitors can also take part in a 40-minute guided tour. Inside, visitors can learn about robots designed to assist daily life activities and iPS cells, ""seeing,"" ""hearing,"" and ""touching"" the not-too distant future. The facility also teaches strange and amazing things about animals, the human body, and other otherwise common and familiar parts of the world around us. The facility's exhibits are designed to inspire an interest in science in children."

    This is a small but quite interesting exhibition. It has a very varied spectrum of things that the organisation has helped including Tsunami research, music sound and semiconductors. Whilst the...

  • Bakery Couronne Tsukuba
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    4.5
    75 Reviews
    Shopping
    Ibaraki Pref. Tsukubashi Matsunoki 152-40
    This chain of bread bakeries is primarily located in southern Ibaraki Prefecture; this particular location is situated in Matsunoki, Tsukuba City. Outside, the bakery's exterior gives it a warm and inviting atmosphere; inside, visitors will find a large variety of breads. The establishment has a terrace seating area with 15 seats where, on sunny days, patrons can enjoy a baked good fresh out of the oven. The bakery's breads are basic made with great care using pure, safe, and healthy ingredients. The secret behind the great taste of the bakery's rye bread is its use of natural, homemade yeast levain. The bakery's abundant selection of goods includes Japanese shokupan bread, baguettes, and baked sweets, as well as seasonal items like stollen.

    It’s a gem of a place for foreigners looking for a good bakery, you can have a sumptuous brunch on a Sunday with unlimited tea/coffee. Definitely worth dropping by.

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Just a stone’s throw from Tokyo, Ibaraki is a coastal prefecture that has mastered juxtapositions, where old shrines meet new scientific discoveries and traditional gardens are frequented by the inventors of some of the newest technology. Head to Mito City's Kairakuen - one of Japan's Three Great Gardens - in spring to experience the cellestial blooming of fantastic cherry blossoms at the annual sakura festival.

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