A Local Perspective on Life in Tsukuba, Ibaraki, Japan.

Mount Tsukuba Festivals

There are two festivals happening at Mount Tsukuba this weekend.

Mount Tsukuba Gama (Toad) Festival

Sunday, August 6 from 10am to 5pm around Mt. Tsukuba Shrine, at the peak of Mt. Tsukuba, and Tsutsujigaoka

Tsukuba Tourist Association web page on Mount Tsukuba Gama Festival

Mount Tsukuba Tanabata Festival

Saturday, August 5 from 10am to 10pm (cable car will keep running until 10pm), Tanabata illuminations will be from 5:30pm to 10pm at the peak of Mt. Tsukuba

Sunday, August 6 from 7pm at Mt. Tsukuba Shrine: Gakaku (ancient Japanese music) performance, tea (maccha) service (weather permitting)

Tsukuba Tourism Association web page on Mount Tsukuba Tanabata Festival

I have never been to either of these festivals, so I can’t offer any opinions. If you click on the websites above, you will be able to see some pictures. If anyone has been to either (or both) of these festivals, please leave a comment and let us know what you thought.