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Mt. Tsukuba Cablecar and Ropeway 筑波山ケーブルカー&ロープウェイ

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An accessible way to reach the peak

Ibaraki's iconic mountain, Mt. Tsukuba, is the lowest peak among Japan's 100 famous mountains. It makes a great day trip from Tokyo if you are looking for some views and exposure to nature.

How to Get There

The mountain is accessible by bus from Tsukuba Station.

Take the Tsukuba Express from Akihabara Station (45 minutes) to Tsukuba Station. There is a shuttle bus to the Tsukubasan-jinja Shrine entrance (around 40 minutes).

Fuji in the west, Tsukuba in the east

Whereas Mt. Fuji is a strenuous hike, Mt. Tsukuba's low altitude makes it very accessible. Enjoy panoramic views after only a few hours of walking.

An alternative to hiking

The Mt. Tsukuba Cable Car is a funicular that goes up to the top of the mountain if you are not up for the hike. The trip is 1.6 kilometers (about one mile). You can take the cable car to forego hiking, or hike up the mountain and then relax as you take the cable car down and enjoy the scenery.

Two routes to the top

Two cable car lines go up to the top. Miyawaki Station for the cable car is located near Tsukubasan-jinja Shrine, while Tsutsujigaoka Station for the ropeway is near the parking lot. During regular special times of the year, such as when leaves are changing in the fall, there are nighttime rides to the top and back.

* The information on this page may be subject to change due to COVID-19.

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