Still couldn’t decide on how we would spend a sunny Saturday in late March, my partner in crime, Lemon suggested that we hike Mt. Tsukuba in Ibaraki. He is an expert and I am a novice in hiking. I was kind of hesitant at first because my memory of Mt. Takao hike was still vivid… body pain, sore muscles. However, upon knowing that the panoramic view of Kanto plain, Mt. Fuji, and Tokyo Skytree can be seen from its peaks, I said why not, let the adventure begin!
Mt. Tsukuba is 2,877ft above sea level and boasts two peaks, Nyotai-san (2,877ft) and Nantai-san (2,858ft). They are about 15 minutes away from each other by foot. There are several trails to get to and from the summit but you can also take a cable car for easier access.
As we hike up, we bumped into group of friends and families climbing together. Some families even took their little kids with them, a proof that hiking is a fun outdoor activity, plus Mt. Tsukuba is not an extremely hard mountain to conquer so even small kids will enjoy hiking it.
Access from Tokyo
- From Akihabara station, take the Tsukuba Express to get to Tsukuba Station. This is a 45-minute train ride. ¥1,190 fare.
- At the Tsukuba station, take a shuttle bus bound for Tsukuba Shrine.
- Choose a trail that you want to challenge and start the hike from there.
Shirakumobashi course. We hiked Nyotai through Shirakumobashi course. Mt. Tsukuba is a rocky mountain and as we make our way up, we saw several beautiful rock formations worthy of instagram post.
Finally, when we reached the summit and saw the view, my jaw dropped, it was beautiful! Lemon saw a good spot to relax, we sat there and had a mini picnic right on top of Nyotai. We shared an apple, chocolate and bread to load up some energy to prepare for the next peak – Nantai, but mind you, our eyes got much fuller with the stunning view.
Sancho-renraku course. As mentioned earlier, Nyotai is 15 minutes away from Nantai. From Nantai we descended through Sancho-renrakuro course. The sun was already setting at this point. We descended the mountain quickly and used flashlights to see our path. But even with flashlight on hand, the beauty of the mountain can still be appreciated.
This hike gave me another round of body ache and sore muscles, but everything was worth it. The trail going up, the view from the top, and the trail going down made the hike worthy of time and effort. Bring your family, friends, and special someone, and enjoy a day hike at Mt. Tsukuba.
What mountain to hike next? Let’s talk about it in the comment section!
See you in our next adventure!