• Tsukuba-san
  • 877 m
  • Primary factor 791 m
  • Japan
  • Location: North 36.22540, East 140.10670 (GPS at the summit)
  • Climbed August 15, 2016
  • Difficulty: YDS class 2


How to get there:
This popular mountain is located about 70 kilometer north-east of Tokyo, about 20 kilometer north-west of Kasumigaura Bay. There is a large (pay) parking area and a rope-way gondola serves the mountain. The parking area is at location N36.21947, E140.12012, elevation about 530 meter.
Take the obvious, uphill trail (slightly to the left when looking uphill). Higher up there is a trail fork where one should go right. The summit has a small temple and is generally a crowded place.
We were travelling from Kawaguchiko (north of Fuji) to Mito and decided to stop here in order to stretch our legs. This is a short and easy hike that takes less than one hour each way. One should note that some of the rocks along the trail has been polished by frequent hiking and turned quite slippery.
We started around 1100, and summited in about 40 minutes. After some time on the top, we returned the same way in about the same time, to resume our drive to Mito.
Here is a quick summary of peaks climbed in our trip to Japan.