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Mount Tsukuba, Tsukuba

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Geologic Formation Mountain
Hike up Mount Tsukuba and marvel at the views. The mountain features two peaks, Nyotai and Nantai, both reaching a height of 870 m (2,854 ft). Uniquely, the mountain's landscape consists of granite and gabbro, thus its nickname, the "Purple Mountain." One of the oldest shrines in the country sits on the mountainside, housing a deity of harmony and matchmaking for married couples. Expect a moderately challenging climb; alternatively, hop on the cable car that connects the shrine to the peak of Nantai. Take a break at the rotating restaurant, featuring far-reaching views of open fields and the city. For Mount Tsukuba and beyond, use our Tsukuba trip itinerary builder to get the most from your Tsukuba vacation.
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Where to stay in Tsukuba

With modern complexes serving the city's science conferences and visitors, Tsukuba has a fair share of places to stay. Hospitable, well-equipped, Western-style hotels surround the train station and major museums; choose from budget to business hotel and make the most of the convenient access to the city's science attractions. If looking for something a bit different during your Tsukuba holiday, head to one of the hot spring onsen lodgings farther north of the city, toward Mount Tsukuba.
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  • We did a round trip up from the Mt Tsukuba shrine up the track that followed the cable car. Although we started early there were already a number of people on the trail. the view from Mt Nantai (871m)...  more »
  • Visited during the first week of May (Golden Week). Parked our car near the cable car station. Walked through Tsukuba shrine and took the cable car up to the top. There was still 10 min hiking require...  more »
  • There are several hiking trails at mount Tsukuba. We hiked from Tsutsuji gaoka, where the aerial tramway station is, and joined the Shirakumo bashi trail (white crowd bridge) later. It is considered a...  more »