Mt. Tsukuba

Mt.tsukuba

You may be surprised by the fact that 75% of the land area of Japan is mountain. There are many chances for weekend hiking even you are in Tokyo. Mount Tsukuba is located in the southern part of Ibaraki prefecture which is easily accessible by Tsukuba Express Line departs from Akihabara Station.

Mt. Tsukuba is at 877 meter elevation and you can enjoy hiking by ropeway and a cable car which provides hiking course for beginner hikers. It consisted of 2 peaks called Nyotaisan and Nantaisan, locating in the middle of widely spreading plain rice field area. People said “Mt. Fuji in the west, Mt. Tsukuba in the east” comparing the 2 beautiful mountains from old times.

There are many sightseeing spots that you can enjoy, such as Tsukubasan Shrine, hot spring, fawn lily in the spring and autumn leaves. Must-see attraction is the man selling frog oil. He cut himself with Japanese sword to prove the oil cures the scar quickly. Frog oil was used in this area as cure-all from the old times. You can buy it in the gift shops at the top of the mountain.

You can enjoy 360 degree panorama view at the top of the mountain. On a clear sunny day, Mt. Fuji and Tokyo Skytree are viewable.

How to go:

45 minutes from Tuskuba Express Line Akihabara station, getting off at Tsukuba station. There is a shuttle bus headed for Tsukubasan Shrine which takes another 40 minutes.

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