The video features a woman, who runs a café in Tsukuba City, telling about the charm of the city. The woman finds the many places in city, that have lush nature, attractive.
Tsukuba City is located in the southern part of Ibaraki Prefecture. The city has developed as a scientific city that has many research institutes and universities. There are also many private research institutes, that produce plenty of advanced technology and research. Tsukuba City has also many places with lots of nature. To the north of the city is Mt. Tsukuba, which is where the name of the city comes from, and there are also many rice farms in the city. The city can also be accessed very easily from the central Tokyo and Haneda Airport.
Access to Tsukuba City
Arriving by bus:
Approx. 1 hour 5 min. from Tōkyō Station to Tsukuba Center by bus.
Arriving by train:
Approx. 5 min. from Tōkyō Station to Akihabara Station by a local train via JR Yamanote Line, and then approx. 45 min. from Akihabara Station to Tsukuba Station by Tsukuba Express rapid-service train.
Must-see Spots to Visit When Visiting Tsukuba City
A mountain in the northernmost point of Tsukuba City, consisting of two peaks, Mt. Nyotai (lit. female body) and Mt. Nantai (lit. male body). The beautiful shape of the mountain is sometimes compared to Mt. Fuji. Near halfway up the mountain, there is the front shrine of Tsukubasan Shrine, which has a town built around the gate. Besides a mountain trail, there is a cable car and a ropeway that lead to the top of the mountain, so there are many ways to enjoy your time at Mt. Tsukuba.
Tsukuba Space Center
A facility of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) that trains astronauts, does research related to space, and tracks the satellites that are launched at Tanegashima Space Center, among other things. The area called “Space Dome” can be accessed for free. There are models and testing apparatus of satellites that have been launched so far, and a place where you can wear a space suit and take pictures. It’s a facility that many people who like space visit.
Must-eat Dishes to Order When Visiting Tsukuba City
An udon dish that is made of local ingredients whose first syllables form the name of the city, Tsukuba: tsukunes (Japanese chicken meatballs), vegetables like great burdock and mushrooms (kuro-yasai), and ribs (bara-niku). The noodles are made of wheat flour with lotus roots kneaded in. Tsukuba udon is eaten during the cold season, and it will surely warm your body and mind.
Must-get Souvenirs to Buy When Visiting Tsukuba City
A product name for toad oil (jap. gama no abura), which is sold at Mt. Tsukuba. A salve that is made of vaseline and the extract of lithospermi radix. During the Edo period, merchants known as “toad oil salesmen” (cf. snake oil salesman) became known for their good verbal skills, and this art has been handed down ever since. Originally the oil was extracted from toads, which is where the name toad oil comes from.
Tsukuba City is a research city that pushes cutting edge technology, producing new things, while also protecting nature and old culture.
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