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  • Bakery Couronne Tsukuba
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    4.5
    73 Reviews
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    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.

  • 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...

  • Tsukuba Wanwan Land
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    3.0
    74 Reviews
    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.

    数年ぶりの訪問。茨城県民の日だったため料金が安く園内はGW並みの混雑でした。なので犬と触れあえる広場は芋洗い状態。安く入れるのは嬉しいけれどあまり触れあえなかったのは残念。以前と違ったのは、子どもが遊べる公園のような広場ができていたので犬と触れあえなくても子どもは楽しくあそんでました。簡単なフードも売っていたし。でも、飲食持ち込み可なのでお弁当があるといいですね。あとひまつぶしにお菓子とか。混んで...

  • 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.

  • 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 Edoya
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    3.5
    50 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.
  • 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...

  • Tea & Sweets Hanamizuki
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    4.0
    10 Reviews
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    Ibaraki Tsukuba-shi Ninomiya 4-14-4
    This specialty tea store is located in 4-chome, Ninomiya, Tsukuba City. In addition to customers being able to smell the fragrances and choose from a variety of teas including classic tea and flavored teas, the store also sells Baumkuchen, which are handmade in the store's own kitchen. The second floor of the store is a British-style salon, where customers can taste all of the different teas sold by the store from a teapot, along with sweets such as Baumkuchen.

    I personally like this place, it has a very relaxing atmosphere. Just dont get confused, it is not a traditional Japanese tea house.

  • Spa Yu World
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    4.0
    4 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Ibaraki Pref. Tsukubashi Shimohara 370-1 Tsukuba YOU World
    A natural hot spring bathhouse located in the huge complex facility Tsukuba You World, a five-minute drive from the Sakura-tsuchiura interchange. One of the bathhouse's biggest features is the fact that it's open 24 hours a day. The bathhouse makes use of a natural hot spring located in a geological layer 1,241 meters below ground estimated to have been formed some 65 million years ago. There's a Japanese bath-style area with a hinoki cypress tub where you can soak and take in a beautiful tile mural, as well as a Roman-style bath area featuring marble and beautiful carvings. Which is the men's and which is the women's is changed twice a month. There's also a bedrock bath and spa. Further, the bathhouse offers beauty treatments; serves Japanese, Chinese, and Western-style food; and offers theater shows.

    つくばに健康ランドがあったとは知りませんでした。温泉が気持ち良かったです。仮眠室があり、宿泊できるので利用価値が高いですね。JAF割引ありました。

  • Gama Ishi (Toad Rock)
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    3.5
    9 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Ibaraki Tsukuba-shi Tsukuba 1
    "This is a rock formation on Mt. Tsukuba in Tsukuba, Tsukuba City. It is located along the path from Tsukuba Sancho Station on the Mount Tsukuba Cable Railway Line to the main building of Nyotaisan Shrine and got its name from its resemblance to a toad or frog with an open mouth. Tsukuba's famous product, toad oil, is said to have first been promoted in front of this rock. It is believed that if you throw a stone and it lands in the ""toad's"" mouth, your wish will come true."

    ガマ石の前で口上が行われています。 ガマの油は有名なので聞いたことがありますが、筑波山名物だったとは驚き! 主成分はワセリンとのことで皮膚の保湿に効果的なのだと思います。 神社の周りにはたくさんの売店がありましたが、お客さんは見かけませんでした。

  • Galetes Cafe Agato
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    4.5
    7 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Ibaraki Pref. Tsukubashi Ninomiya 2-15-21
    Galettes Cafe Agato is a café where the warmth of wooden furniture matching the greenery which can be seen through the window creates a relaxing atmosphere. You can enjoy delicious galettes using 100% Hitachiaki buckwheat flour made from local ingredients such as eggs produced in Okukuji and processed ham from Tsukuba Ham, a local ham studio. It is welcome as it has wide range of menu items for galletes which can be eaten as both a main meal and a sweet.

    Always very tasty & fresh. Seating & parking can be limited. Prices are adequate as its a set meal which incl. drink & dessert.

  • 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.
  • Peter Pan Azuma Shop
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    4.0
    7 Reviews
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    Ibaraki Pref. Tsukubashi Aduma 3-9-20
    A long-standing bread bakery which was established in 1971 and which first opened up shop in Tsukuba 25 years ago. The bakery is located within walking distance of Tsukuba Station. Inside the spacious shop, the atmosphere is bright and retro, and trays and baskets filled with fresh-baked breads line the walls. The shop offers some 70 varieties of healthy and delicious breads made with locally produced flours, including German-style breads, crusty breads, dressed breads, and more. The shop's prices are reasonable and choosing your favorites is half the fun. The bakery has an eat-in space where customers can enjoy a fresh-baked bread good along with a free cup of tea or delicious, home-roasted coffee.

    こちらのお店は、38年前から営業されているお店だそうです。 イートインスペースもあって、昔ながらの雰囲気の可愛いお店です。 もちろんパンも美味しい! 店員さんのオススメはハード系のパンだそうです! 米麹の入ったパンは、外はかためなのに中は柔らかくとっても美味しいです!

  • Boulangerie encuit
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    4.5
    6 Reviews
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    Ibaraki Pref. Tsukubashi Inarimae 33-1
    A popular bread bakery located south from the JAXA Tsukuba Space Center on Prefectural Route 244 heading towards the Joban Expressway. In addition to standard Japanese shokupan bread and sweet buns, the bakery's diverse selection of over 60 bread varieties includes French bread, bagels, rusks, and tarts. The bakery's skilled owner, Hiroki Ogawa, worked at famous Tokyo hotels such as the Tokyo Prince Hotel and has won awards in numerous bakery competitions. Ogawa also likes a challenge, as is revealed by his choice to set up shop in Tsukuba City, a hotly contested market home to many delicious bakeries.

    味、コスパは、つくばでダントツ1位だと思います。特に食パンは、私の中では、乃が美より上です! ただ残念なことが1つ。本日行ったら、フランスパン?の上にハエがとまっていました。大したことはないですが、衛生面だけはしっかり管理してもらいたいです。

  • Rural Kise Fontane no Mori
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    4.0
    6 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    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.

    綺麗なオートキャンプ場という感じでしたがトイレは少し汚れた感じなのが残念だった。友人がこちらでキャンプをしており一緒にバーベキューをするのに訪問しました。緑に囲まれたキャンプ場でした。

  • Sakura Traffic Park
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    4.0
    5 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    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.

    お子さんは自分の自転車で行き、ここの信号機などを使って交通ルールが学べます。蒸気機関車やバスの展示も子供にはうれしいところ。自動車でのアクセスはややトリッキーですね。

  • Nayuta
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    4.0
    5 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Ibaraki Pref. Tsukubashi Uenomuro 2166-6
    Nayuta is a soba restaurant that is dedicated to always serving soba noodles made from freshly harvested buckwheat, using ingredients carefully chosen from all over Japan by the owner. The restaurant completes all the processes from procuring the buckwheat seeds, sorting, removing the shell, to grinding in a millstone by hand. It is easy to see why many soba enthusiasts visit. The Seiro-bamboo steamed noodles and soba noodles with duck meat are recommended. The taste of the soba can be enjoyed to the fullest in both of these dishes.

    目立たない場所にある穴場のお蕎麦屋さんですが、味は絶品で人気店なので、土日にお昼過ぎに行くと品切れになります。

  • Kurabiyori
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    2.5
    7 Reviews
    Shopping
    Ibaraki Pref. Tsukubashi Konda 38-1
    Kurabiyori in Tsukuba, a town for bread, is a bakery café with a Japanese atmosphere. The building is a former rice storehouse with 180 years since it was built in the Edo period (1615–1865), which has been designated as an National Tangible Cultural Property. In the shop, there is a range of bread with exclusive ingredients for purchase, and bread can also be eaten in a café area. The burdock cheese France, a French bread with plenty of sesame topped with burdock salad and cheese, as well as the maple melon bread with plenty of maple syrup kneaded into it are recommended. The maple melon bread was awarded the 1st place at a bread competition in Tsukuba.

    クーロンヌが混雑していたので、訪れました。10時オープンでしたが、20分前に到着。車は1台も無く嫌な予感…敷地は広大で、一見綺麗な庭園がありますが、何かおかしい。看板の配色とか、少し汚い駐車場とか、嫌な予感…気を取り直してパン売り場へ。 ???オープン前に並んでいるのに、全くパンの香ばしい香りがしません。いよいよオープン、並んだパンはどれも美味しそうで、種類もたくさん!しかし、おかしい香りがしない...

  • Tsukuba-CHINA
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    4.5
    4 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Ibaraki Pref. Tsukubashi Shibasaki 998-2
    A Chinese restaurant operating out of a distinctive, white walled modern building. The restaurant is located at the Shibasaki intersection on Prefectural Route 128 cutting through downtown Tsukuba City. The restaurant's menu of over 90 dishes focus on Cantonese cuisine made with shrimp, beef, and pork. The restaurant also offers shark fin and other authentic dishes. In spite of this large selection, one of the restaurant's charms is its simple, family-run atmosphere quite unlike that of large chain restaurants. In addition, there's a lunch menu with reasonably-priced dishes. The establishment is a favorite of local families.

    おしゃれな中華料理店です。店内の雰囲気も、器もとてもいい感じです。味付けもとてもオーソドックスで食べやすいです。

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