Top 10 Things to do in Tsukuba, Japan

March 15, 2018 Terina Blouin

Discover the best top things to do in Tsukuba, Japan including Tsukuba Space Center, Mount Tsukuba, Tsukubasan Shrine, Doho Park, Tsukuba Botanical Garden, Geological Museum, Tsukuba Expo Center, The Science Museum of Map and Survey, Aeon Mall Tsukuba, Peony Garden Tokyo (Formerly Tsukuba Peony Garden).
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1. Tsukuba Space Center

2-1-1 Sengen, Tsukuba 305-8505, Ibaraki Prefecture +81 29-868-5000
Excellent
44%
Good
41%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 212 reviews

Tsukuba Space Center

Reviewed By Xymyz - UK

I though the exhibition was good as it has lot of different and life size satellites and replica of the Japanese section of the ISS. However, we were bit disappointed by the fact that interactivity was nearly zero. Best museuums nowadays have more interactivity to help you keep interest. Especially inside the ISS module or around the satellites it would have been good to have more interactive materials. However, as a free museuym I cannot complain abotu this too much.

2. Mount Tsukuba

Tsukuba, Ibaraki Prefecture
Excellent
28%
Good
53%
Satisfactory
17%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 365 reviews

Mount Tsukuba

Reviewed By SRen1990 - Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan

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 required to reach the top of the mountain. The view of Kanto area was beautiful.
The cable car gets crouded and on our way down, the que took 40 min to get on the car.

3. Tsukubasan Shrine

1 Tsukuba, Tsukuba 300-4352, Ibaraki Prefecture +81 29-866-0502
Excellent
25%
Good
54%
Satisfactory
20%
Poor
0%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 116 reviews

Tsukubasan Shrine

Reviewed By Rajesh T - Pokhara, Nepal

It is 25 km (North) away from Tsukuba TX Station. It is very nice for who love short hiking near Tokyo. We visited there in new year holidays. It is very nice place with crowd of people. We found many Japanese people praying there, which is a part of Japanese culture. A story teller was also there. Several restaurants and some hotels were offering a varieties food and services. We enjoyed the time.

4. Doho Park

2-20 Ninomiya, Tsukuba 305-0051, Ibaraki Prefecture +81 29-852-1432
Excellent
28%
Good
56%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
3%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 66 reviews

Doho Park

Reviewed By time_wanderer_13 - Pittsburgh

Tsukuba has excellent walking/biking paths that connect most of the Institutes and the University. Doho park is accessible by one of these paths and provides excellent grounds for jogging and other early morning activities. The Andersen bakery near the Doho park provides excellent pastures and coffee from 8 AM. Other coffee and cake shops near the park open later. Enjoy physical activity and refreshments!

5. Tsukuba Botanical Garden

4-1-1 Amakubo, Tsukuba 305-0005, Ibaraki Prefecture +81 29-851-5159
Excellent
38%
Good
56%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
2%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 42 reviews

Tsukuba Botanical Garden

Reviewed By PapaJoeStella - Inzlingen

We visited the TBG during the day taifun Halong hit the south coast of Japan and were lucky that only very few visitors were doing the same. So we had ample time to stroll through the various parts of the park with a lot of different sections ( please refer to the website if you want to know more ). As we were more or less innocent with respect to biological or more specifically botanical matters, you would wish a more detailed explanation as to the plant exhibits displayed throughout the area.
The 3 different huge greenhouses are meant to show visitors plants of the tropical zones on both sides of the equator, and there is a lot to see. Again, we were left a bit frustrated with the lack of more detailed information, at times panels were written only in japanese. You can tell by the overall setup that this facility must be well integrated with corresponding research activities.
As a bonus in one of the associated buildings, you get a teaser look into what the National Museum of Nature and Science in Tokyo has to offer.

6. Geological Museum

1-1-1 Higashi, Tsukuba 305-0046, Ibaraki Prefecture +81 29-861-3750
Excellent
45%
Good
39%
Satisfactory
16%
Poor
0%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 43 reviews

Geological Museum

Reviewed By sharon k

For a museum essentially devoted to shiny rocks and fossils, this was quite interesting. The ground floor has ingestion on Japanese fossils, minerals and geological formations, where the second floor has a worldwide flavor. Not all of the museum has English translations but a lovely academic/museum worker followed us around and explained many additional things to us. We spent an hour or so here and left with a little momento - a free origami dinosaur from the basket near the front entrance. Worth a visit if you are in Tsukuba.

7. Tsukuba Expo Center

2-9 Azuma, Tsukuba 305-0031, Ibaraki Prefecture +81 29-858-1100
Excellent
18%
Good
52%
Satisfactory
25%
Poor
5%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 85 reviews

Tsukuba Expo Center

Reviewed By Danielanalan

We visited the Expo Centre after having visited other Tsukuba attractions such as the JAXA Space Centre, the science square etc. the Expo Centre was our least favourite attraction, despite the others being free and the Expo Centre being quite expensive if you add the prices of watching all the movies into the equation (400 yen per movie - 4 movies) . As we visited during the summer holidays they had some workshops for children going on but they charged for those as well.
Basically a lot of The Expo Centre is rather dated, the ground floor in particular. Upstairs there were a couple of interesting exibits on sustainable energy, pharmaceutical advances etc. There was a big room with puzzles and video games for children but there was very little in English so my daughter got quite bored.
The room was also very noisy as a lot of local mums and children seemed to be using the place as a play area.
Overall, we were fairly dissapointed with what the place had to offer and how little provision they've made for foreign visitors. If your time in Tsukuba is limited I'd strongly reccomend giving this place a miss and instead visiting the wonderful science square and space centre.

8. The Science Museum of Map and Survey

1 Kitasato, Tsukuba 305-0811, Ibaraki Prefecture +81 29-864-1872
Excellent
19%
Good
62%
Satisfactory
19%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 46 reviews

The Science Museum of Map and Survey

Reviewed By Danielanalan

We visited the map museum on a very hot day and therefore spent most of our time inside. The exibit that my 6 year old found most interesting was an interactive 'earthquake making machine'. Also, she loved the 3D map in the lobby.
They had some map drawing tables for the children and that kept her occupied for a while as well.
Overall, it's a very small place but it's a nice enough place to spend a couple of hours if you have children to entertain.
The staff are very pleasant and helpful and will try their best to explain things in English.
There is a little gift shop where you can buy document wallets etc with pictures of maps etc.

9. Aeon Mall Tsukuba

66-1 Inaoka, Tsukuba 305-0071, Ibaraki Prefecture
Excellent
23%
Good
50%
Satisfactory
25%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 51 reviews

Aeon Mall Tsukuba

Reviewed By sutisa - udornthanee

this shopping center is not far from narita airport, new shopping center of aeon, gooddesign with brightly design ,easy shopping and new style of food court that look like luxury restaurant and many restaurant,variety shops ,very good supermarket by aeon
penny lane (the beatles)restaurant , very delicious bakery hear we think everybody will enjoy shopping here

10. Peony Garden Tokyo (Formerly Tsukuba Peony Garden)

500 Wakaguri | Ibaraki-ken, Tsukuba 300-1248, Ibaraki Prefecture +81 29-876-3660
Excellent
42%
Good
49%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 21 reviews

Peony Garden Tokyo (Formerly Tsukuba Peony Garden)

If you're looking for something to do when you visit Tokyo, be sure to add Tsukuba Peony Garden to your list. Since 1989, our garden has been delighting visitors from all over the world. This 100% organic garden is uniquely cultivated with a rich, herbicide and pesticide free soil that gives life to over 50,000 varieties of peonies. The garden is also home to one of the oldest peony trees in Japan at 150 years old and still blooming! At peak season, there are over 20,000 blossoming flowers. The Peony Garden in Tsukuba is the largest all-natural peony garden in Japan. The opening season usually runs from the middle of April until early June.

Reviewed By Sandy R - Auckland, New Zealand

Wandered this lovely peaceful garden which was full of lovely blooms of all colours and types. Had peony tea made from the smaller variety and it was excellent, so much so that some is returning home!
It had a lovely lake with huge fish in it and the pathways were sealed in some places.

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