Tsuchiura Travel Guide

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Historic Tsuchiura First High School

Historic Tsuchiura First High School

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Tsuchiura is a city of approximately 130,000 residents located 50 kilometers northeast of Tokyo.  Tsuchiura is on the western end of Japan's second largest lake, Lake Kasumigaura.  Boating and fishing are commonly seen on the lake.

Attractions

Tsuchiura is known as a center of lotus root (renkon) cultivation due to the marshy environment. The city is also the host during the first Saturday of every October to the Tsuchiura Fireworks Festival (also called the All-Japan Fireworks Competition). The competition is usually a 2 1/2-hour event that draws around 250,000 spectators.

Eight hundred meters west of Tsuchiura Station is Kijo Park with some rebuilt structures from the castle that had been at that site. Just to the east of the park along a side street in Tsuchiura Machikado Kura are a few historic warehouses that are open to the public. Tsuchiura City Musuem is on the south side of the park. The main police station is at the street intersection to the west of Kijo Park.

Shopping

Urala is across from the West Exit of Tsuchiura Station. An elevated walkway connects the train station to Urala.   Urala contains Ito Yokado -- a discount department store -- and several vendors in this tallest of Tsuchiura's buildings. The top of Urala contains condominiums ("mansions"). The basement contains a bakery, ice cream shop, and supermarket. The first, second, and third floors are shops and restaurants. The fourth and fifth floors contain an auditorium and conference rooms.

Mall 505 is a three-floor shopping mall in downtown Tsuchiura. The mall is built below the flyover Tsuchiura-Gakuen road. The mall is 200 meters northwest of Tsuchiura Station. There are still shops, bars, and restaurants in the mall. There have been fewer establishments in the mall since Urala opened.

Wing Department Store is located at the West Exit of Tsuchiura Station. The basement contains food items. The first, second, third, and fourth floors contain shops. The fifth floor contains restaurants and a children's game arcade.

Hotels

Hotel Marroad Tsukuba is 600 meters to the north of Tsuchiura Station.  The Main Post Office is next to the hotel.  Hotel Marroad Tsukuba is Tsuchiura's largest hotel.  This is the second tallest building in Tsuchiura after Urala.

Part or or all of this text stems from the original article at: http://tsukuba.wikicities.com/wiki/Tsuchiura

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