Mount Tsukuba, like mount Takao, is an ideal location for a one day trip while staying in Tokyo. Mount Tsukuba is topped by two peaks of similar heights: Nyotai-san 877 m./2,877 ft. and Nantai-san 871 m./2,858 ft. Legend has it that the deities that created Japan remain in mount Tsukuba, the goddess Izanagi is associated to the lower peak Nantai-san while the god Izanami is associated with the higher peak Nyotai-san.
Even if you climb up both peaks the hike is not very long. It is quite enjoyable because along the path there are several rest areas with restaurants and Shintoist shrines.
At the top of Nyotai-san, the highest peak.
Instructions on how to get to mount Tsukuba at jnto.
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