Travel / Tourism Spots in Tsukuba / Ushiku Area

  • Ushiku Daibutsu
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    4.0
    410 Reviews
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    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
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    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.

  • Asahi Beer Ibaraki Factory
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    4.5
    67 Reviews
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    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...

  • Mt. Tsukuba
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    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.
  • Geospatial Information Authority of Japan Science Museum of Map and Survey
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    4.0
    56 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. Its a good place visit.

  • Kirin Beer Toride Plant
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    4.5
    38 Reviews
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    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...

  • Geological Museum
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    4.5
    49 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...

  • Tsukubasan Cable Car
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    4.0
    23 Reviews
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    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...

  • Peony Garden Tokyo in Tsukuba
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    4.5
    30 Reviews
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    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.

  • Science Square Tsukuba
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    4.0
    24 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...

  • JAXA's Tsukuba Space Center (TKSC)
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    Ibaraki Pref. Tsukubashi Sengen 2-1-1
    The Tsukuba Space Center is a facility encompassing approximately 530,000 square meters, surrounded by nature, and with state-of-the-art testing facilities. At the center, visitors can learn about space development research and various initiatives as a development site through exhibitions and inspection tours. Visitors are free to look around the center and reservations are unnecessary for individuals. There are five guided tours conducted daily.
  • Former Toride-shuku Honjin Someno Family's Residence
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    17 Reviews
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    Ibaraki Toride-shi Toride 2-16-41
    A historic building in Toride2-Chome, Toride City. Toride was built as a post on the Mito Highway. The official honjin lodge for the Mito Tokugawa clan, it served as accommodation for many generations of feudal lords. The building symbolizes Toride's role as a post town, and the main structure is designated as a Prefectural Tangible Cultural Property.

    江戸時代、水戸街道が利根川に遮られ、江戸入域最後の宿場として取手があったようだ。 その際の、本陣として機能していたとのこと。利根川河川敷散策はJR取手駅から5分程度、そのあと2-3分で取手図書館の前を通り、旧水戸街道から一歩入ったところにあります。

  • Tsukuba Museum of Art, Ibaraki
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    3.5
    15 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.

    図書館と一緒の建物の中にある、美術館です。仕事が早く終わり、つくばエクスプレスに乗るため歩いていてみかけ、中に入ってみました。平日の午後だったので、ゆっくりと見ることができました。 わざわざ行くというよりも、図書館にいらっしゃった方が来ているという感じでした。

  • Raigoin Temple
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    4.0
    13 Reviews
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    Ibaraki Pref. Ryugasakishi Nareumamachi 2362
    A Tendai Buddhist temple located a 15-minute walk from Ryugasaki Station on the Kanto Railway Ryugasaki Line. The temple's principal object of worship is a standing figure of Amitabha. The two-tiered pagoda standing on the grounds is an extremely rare example of Muromachi period architecture whose date of construction precedes 1556 and has been designated a National Important Cultural Property. The temple holds a grand fire prevention festival on December 23 which looks beyond differences in sect and creed. During the festival, the ashes of a huge bonfire are scattered on the ground and a fire walking ceremony is held in which anyone can participate with an advance reservation.

    ネット検索で偶然知り、近くに居た為始めて訪れてみました。天台宗のお寺で境内に国指定重要文化財の多宝塔があります。室町後期の建築物で、この地方では殆ど類を見ない珍しい物だという事です。休日に訪れましたが誰も居なく静かでした。

  • Ryugasaki City Museum of History and Folklore
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    4.0
    11 Reviews
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    Ibaraki Pref. Ryugasakishi Nareumamachi 2488
    A museum established in 1990 which presents the history and folk customs of Ryugasaki. The museum's exhibits include a mockup of the Tsukumai, a traditional event which has been designated an Intangible Folk Cultural Property by Ibaraki Prefecture; videos; and information on folk art and lifestyles in the region from prehistory to the present day. The museum also holds a variety of educational events and activity programs like cloth weaving using a loom and dying fabrics with plant-based dyes.

    龍ヶ崎の歴史について展示されています。普通の資料館で大きくはありませんが、無料で気軽に入れるのが良い所です。

  • Tsukubasan Cable Car & Ropeway
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    Ibaraki Pref. Tsukubashi Tsukuba 1
    A 1,300-meter long ropeway connecting Tsutsujigaoka Station (elevation 542 meters), the last point along the scenic Tsukuba Skyline road, and Nyotaisan Station (elevation 840 meters). Riders can enjoy sweeping views of the Kanto Plain, including Skytree and the sea of office buildings in Tokyo, and, on clear days, all the way to Mt. Fuji. The ropeway also operates at night, enabling visitors to take in the area's glittering nightscape.
  • Tsukuba Expo Center
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    Ibaraki Pref. Tsukubashi Aduma 2-9
    At this science museum you can see, touch, and enjoy leading edge science. Along with displays that let you learn and experience the mysteries of science you can view miraculous videos and gorgeous starry skies in one of the world’s largest planetariums. With regular events including science shows and lectures you’re sure to make a new discovery every time you visit.
  • Tsukuba Norinkenkyudanchi Sakura-dori Street
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    5.0
    3 Reviews
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    Ibaraki Tsukuba-shi Kannondai 2-chome3-chome
    A street in Kannondai, Tsukuba City. It's located in the Tsukuba Agricultural and Forestry Research Complex, which is used for the study and advancement of agriculture. It is famous for cherry blossom viewing, with about 500 cherry trees including Yoshino cherries and double-flowered cherries. Visitors enjoy the contrast in color with the adjacent rapeflowerfields.

    つくばで一番の桜の名所で、毎年 観に行っています。道の両側からみごとな枝ぶりの桜が楽しめます。夜もおすすめです。

  • Nakano Mushroom Farm
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    4.5
    2 Reviews
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    Ibaraki Tsukuba-shi Nakano 145
    A mushroom farm in Nakano, Tsukuba City. They cultivate shiitake mushrooms on logs without the use of pesticides or herbicides. Besides picking shiitake in their vinyl greenhouse, you can have a barbecue at their on-site facility. Both require reservations.

    きのこ栽培 原木しいたけがあり 焼いて食べたりしいたけ狩りしたり 土産を買ったりできます なかなか楽しいです

  • Ushiku Swamp
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    Ibaraki Pref. Ryugasakishi Ushikunuma
    A swamp located on the southwest side of Ushiku City, on weekends it bustles with large numbers of people come to enjoy fishing.

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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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