Hiking: Mt. Tsukuba, Ibaraki

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 the Kanto plain, Mt. Fuji, and Tokyo Skytree can be seen from its peaks, I said why not, let the adventure begin!

Access from Tokyo:

  1. From Akihabara station, take the Tsukuba Express to get to Tsukuba Station. This is a 45-minute train ride. ¥1,190 fare.
  2. At the Tsukuba station, take a shuttle bus bound for Tsukuba Shrine.
  3. Choose the trail you want to challenge and start the hike from there.

Mt. Tsukuba

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 cable car or ropeway for easier access.

As we hike up, we bumped into 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, even small kids would enjoy hiking it. So, if you’re looking for something to do in the holidays, Mt. Tsukuba is recommended.

20180331_1641454565120275103895547.jpgNantai peak, picture taken from Nyotai
Nature view from Nyotai


Shirakumobashi course. We hiked Nyotai-san 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.

rock formations
enjoying our time as we hike up

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 and had a mini picnic right on top of Nyotai-san. We shared an apple, chocolate and bread to load up some energy, but mind you, our eyes got much fuller with the stunning view.

Mini picnic at the peak of Nyotai


Sancho-renrakuro course. As mentioned earlier, Nyotai-san is 15 minutes away from Nantai-san. From Nantai-san 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? Leave a reply.

See you in our next adventure!



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