Tsukuba on Google Maps
It sure would be nice if we could all work together to build a comprehensive online ENGLISH map of places to find in Tsukuba! I don’t know if this will help us work towards that goal, but I have started Google Map of Tsukuba that we can at least try to use for TsukuBlog posts.
This application seems a bit buggy yet, but perhaps it will improve in the future.
One problem that we face in this adventure is that Google Maps of Japan are in Japanese. And when you look up Japanese addresses in English in Google Map, you just get garbage. (Try to search for “Tsukuba” and see where in the world you end up. Not anywhere near this city! If you type it in Japanese (つくば), though, you will get better results.) Diddlefinger can help in this regard by letting you look up Japanese addresses in English, however that site does not let you label local places of interest.
If anyone else has ideas of how we could make a comprehensive and useful map of Tsukuba online, please let us know in the comments.