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Mount Tsukuba, Tsukuba

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Geologic Formation
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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  • It required climbing many steps up to the cable car station, but taking the car up the mountain was well worth the effort. Once on top of the mountain, there is a shop/restaurant/observation tower fro...  more »
  • I climbed up on the cable car. Aerial tramway, and of course there are mountain trails. On the top of Mt. Tsukuba shop and restaurant is on the observation deck.
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  • Using the cable car from the foot in mid March, I went to the mountain station. Plum blossoms were in full bloom at the foot of the mountain station you step outside and had spread the blanket of snow. Yesterday it rained was like snow at the Summit, had piled up about 5 cm. Was going down soon. Bihaku. Mt. Tsukuba.
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