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  • Science Square Tsukuba
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    4.0
    22 Reviews
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    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...

  • CYBERDYNE STUDIO
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    Ibaraki Pref. Tsukubashi Kenkyugakuen 5-19 Eas Tsukuba 2F
    "A robot museum located inside iias Tsukuba a one-minute walk from Kenkyu-gakuen Station on the Tsukuba Express. Operated by Cyberdyne, a company which develops medical robots and other technologies, the museum is free. Here visitors can see and experience cutting edge robotic technology. In the exhibition hall, robots and cutting-edge assistive devices are displayed in front of a 17-meter long video screen. Visitors can also watch an original movie created by Shoji Kawamori, a major contributor to the ""Macross"" series, in an omnivision theater consisting of a 270-degree seamless screen (advance reservation required). In addition, for a small fee, visitors can take the HAL assistive robot exoskeleton for a spin and actually experience the future of robotic technology."
  • Sakura Traffic Park
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    4.0
    4 Reviews
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    Ibaraki Pref. Tsukubashi Aduma 4-3-3
    A vehicle-themed park located in Azuma, Tsukuba City where visitors can have fun while learning about traffic rules. The park is designed like a little city, including a brick station building modeled after Amsterdam Station in the Netherlands, small crosswalks, and traffic lights. There's also a D-51 steam locomotive on display which was completed in September 1937 and which operated until 1975, making the park a popular destination not only for families but train fans as well.

    自家用車でいきました。入口がわかりにくかったのですが、20台くらいの駐車場がありました。公園事務所は駅の姿で、駅のホームが再現され、D51が展示されていました。機関車の下には線路もあって、今にも走り出しそう。運転席にも自由に乗れて、初めて機関車の運転席に座ることができました。この大きな機関車を運転していた方々ってすごいですね。子どもよりもはしゃいでしまいました。 公園はあまり広くありませんが、坂道...

  • Forest Adventure Tsukuba
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    Ibaraki Pref. Tsukubashi Numata Adjacent to 1688 Tsukuba Mountain Bairin
    An outdoor activity facility situated in front of Tsukubasan-jinja Shrine in Tsukuba City, Ibaraki Prefecture. Here visitors can have fun playing in an obstacle course which makes use of the surrounding forest as-is. Zip lining 100 meters above a 1,000 tree Japanese plum tree forest on Mt. Tsukuba is one of the facility's most thrilling attractions. The facility has four high difficulty adventure courses which make use of the surrounding trees, as well as two canopy courses fun for beginners and children, totaling more than 50 attractions in all.
  • Warp Station Edo
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    3.5
    31 Reviews
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    Ibaraki Pref. Tsukubamiraishi Minamiota 1176
    "This facility, encompassing various sets designed to look like eras of Japan's bygone past, is one of the leading outdoor film and video shooting locations in the country. Located a 10-minute drive from Miraidaira Station on the Tsukuba Express line, the facility's sets are modeled after a wide span of Japan's history, including not just the Edo period but eras ranging from the distant Warring States period to the much more recent Showa period. Visitors can get a taste of what it's like to be on set for the filming of a historical drama. Numerous television shows and movies have been filmed here using the facility's abundant array of sets, such as Edo period-style tea houses and nagaya row houses, and Meiji period-style Tokyo ""shitamachi"" workshop neighborhoods. Many of the sets employ features useful for filming productions, such as buildings which can be given two different looks depending on shooting needs."

    The buildings appear very realistic and well-maintained. The entrance fee is low and the grounds are large. You can easily spend 30+ minutes wandering around, taking pictures, and even in summer it...

  • Tsukuba Museum of Art, Ibaraki
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    3.5
    12 Reviews
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    Ibaraki Pref. Tsukubashi Aduma 2-8
    An art museum located a three-minute walk from exit A2 of Tsukuba Station, the last stop on the Tsukuba Express line. Opened as an annex of the Museum of Modern Art, Ibaraki, the museum primarily holds solo and group exhibitions. Aiming to make it possible for people of all ages to come in contact with art in a variety of ways, the museum has a lecture room and video library in addition to its exhibition space. The museum also holds Saturday lectures conducted by curators in the prefecture in which participants can hear what they have learned through study and experience as well as their unique stories. In addition, there's a cafe and museum shop which carries exhibition catalogs.

    つくば市の中央図書館と同じ建物内にあり、高校生の美術品など展示会が頻繁に開催されています。気が向いたら立ち寄ってます。

  • Tsukuba Expo ’85 Memorial Park
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    4.0
    31 Reviews
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    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.

    A quiet hi-tech industrial zone with a nice garden for few hours leisure! It is nice place to visit once to see how the Expo in 1985 was organized. There is an interesting map that shows which...

  • Ushiku Nature Observation Forest
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    3.5
    19 Reviews
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    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...

  • Geospatial Information Authority of Japan Science Museum of Map and Survey
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    4.0
    51 Reviews
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    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. It's a good place visit.

  • Shiki no Sato Park
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    Ibaraki Pref. Moriyashi Midori 2-37
    A public park located in an industrial park district in Moriya City. Some 31,000 Japanese iris plants grow on the grounds and come into beautiful bloom each year in June.
  • Tsukuba Agricultural Research Hall
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    Ibaraki Pref. Tsukubashi Kannondai 3-1-1
    "A science museum located a five-minute walk from the ""Norindanchi Chuo"" bus stop on Kanto Railway Bus and Tsukuba Bus lines in Tsukuba City, Ibaraki Prefecture. The museum is divided into two areas, one which introduces the results of the facility's research into agriculture and marine products in Japan, and one which presents the history and development of agriculture. The research results hall contains informational panels which present the facility's research on stable food supply and solutions of environmental issues. The agriculture history hall contains informational panels and actual agricultural tools which illustrate the evolution of farming equipment and cultivation methods."
  • Seo Orchard
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    Ibaraki Pref. Tsukubashi Kamisugama 952
    A fruit orchard located a 30-minute drive from the Tsuchiura-kita interchange on the Joban Expressway. Here visitors can buy farm-fresh grapes and also go grape picking themselves. The farm employs low agrochemical farming and uses rice bran and charcoal for fertilizer. Visitors can purchase grapes they pick themselves or do the farm's no time limit all-you-can-eat course. The farm grows grape varieties like sweet and full-flavored giant Kyoho; and highly sweet, seedless Pione.
  • Geological Museum
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    4.5
    46 Reviews
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    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...

  • Toyosato Yukari no Mori
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    Ibaraki Pref. Tsukubashi Tohigashi 676
    A nature park boasting 12-hectare grounds and red pine and sawtooth oak plains forest. Visitors can enjoy a variety of outdoor activities here such as insect collecting and observation and bird watching. Park facilities include a playground, tennis courts, craft hall, campground, barbecue ground, and lodges.
  • Ushiku City Iris Garden
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    3.5
    11 Reviews
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    Ibaraki Pref. Ushikushi Jouchuchou 2831-2
    A municipal park located in Jochu-cho, Ushiku City where visitors can enjoy seasonal flowers. 8,000 square meters in size, some 20 thousand iris plants consisting of around 200 different varieties, such as Japanese and rabbitear irises, grow on the park’s grounds. From early to late June each year, the park fills with beautiful purple, white, and yellow blossoms. The park is equipped with easily walkable paths and viewing platforms. A lovely row of cherry trees standing along the banks of the Inari River bloom in spring, while red spider lilies blossom in September.

    若干あやめは早かったかもしれません。もう少し後の方が咲き乱れているかも?黄色いあやめもあるんですね! Iris maybe a bit early to go now. (Visited June 7th) First time to see yellow iris there though. The place isn’t too big but it has statue of kappa...

  • Ibaraki Prefectural Doho Park
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    4.0
    67 Reviews
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    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...

  • Tsukuba Center Feild
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    Ibaraki Tsukuba-shi Azuma 1-chome
  • Takasaki Natural Park
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    Ibaraki Tsukuba-shi Takasaki 1078-1
    A lush park whose vast grounds are covered in trees located a 10-minute drive from the Yatabe Interchange. The park is divided into six areas - a seasonal forest zone, fun forest zone, cherry tree forest zone, wild bird forest zone, waterside forest zone, and family friendly square. Seasonal trees and plants bloom in each of the areas, and many visitors are attracted to the park during peak sightseeing seasons. In spring, there's a tunnel of double-flowered cherries and weeping cherries; in autumn, Japanese maples color the grounds. The park provides many opportunities for coming in contact with nature and visitors can also view plants and animals like the many wild birds and water lilies found in the wild bird forest and waterside forest areas.
  • Rural Kise Fontane no Mori
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    Ibaraki Tsukuba-shi Kise 1247-1
    A campground at the Rural Kise outdoor facility in Kise, Tsukuba City. In addition to tent sites, RV sites, and log cabins, there's a 150-seat multi-purpose terrace, a barbecue area that supplies all you need for a cookout, and a coffee shop. Villa Garden KISE with RV sites and rental villas is adjacent.
  • Gama Cave and Gama Land
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    Ibaraki Tsukuba-shi Tsukuba Tsutsujigaoka
    A theme park near Tsutsujigaoka Station at the Tsukuba Ropeway in Tsukuba, Tsukuba City. The “Gama” in its name comes from “Gama-no-Aburauri,” traditional Mt. Tsukuba street performances. Gama Cave is the main attraction. It also has playground equipment, a restaurant, and a souvenir shop.

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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ーone of Japan's Three Great Gardensーin spring to experience the cellestial blooming of fantastic cherry blossoms at the annual sakura festival.

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