Mount Tsukuba (Tsukuba City)
The twin peaks of Mount Tsukuba are one of the symbols of Ibaraki. In Japanese, the peaks are known as Nyotai and Nantai, meaning the female peak and male peak. At 877m tall, Nyotai, the female peak, is the higher of the two. Mount Tsukuba is under two hour’s travel from Tokyo which makes it a great place to escape city life and get in touch with nature – there are more than 1000 species of flora and fauna on the mountain!
The mountain’s two peaks are easily accessible by cable car or rope way. If you’d like to get active, there are also plenty of hiking trails to suit all abilities. Many of these trails take in unique rock formations and historical Shinto Sites.
It is often said that while Mount Fuji is the symbol of Western Japan, Mount Tsukuba is the symbol of Eastern Japan, so no trip to the Kanto region would be complete without exploring Mount Tsukuba!
During the Winter months, the cable car and ropeway are also open at night for a special ‘Stardust Cruising’ event. The clear winter air means its possible to see a stunning panorama of the entire Kanto Region including downtown Tokyo and Tokyo Skytree from the mountain’s summit.
Tsukuba, Tsukuba City
Tsukuba Tourism and Convention Association
By public transport: from Tsukuba Station, take the Mount Tsukuba Shuttle Bus. The bus takes around 45 minutes.
By car: on the Joban Expressway, exit the expressway at Tsuchiura-Kita IC and drive for around 40 minutes following signs for Mount Tsukuba.