How to come to Tsukuba
data from International Congress Center(Epochal)
Where is Tsukuba ?
Tsukuba (or ''Tsukuba Science City'') is located about 60km north of Tokyo and about 40km northwest of the Narita International Airport. Tsukuba Center and Epochal, within a walking distance each other, are in the central area of Tsukuba and about 10km south of KEK.
The easiest way is to take a direct bus service, called Airport Liner ''NATT'S'', from the Narita Airport through Tsukuba Center to Tsuchiura Station. Tickets are available at the ''Airport Limousine Keisei'' counter on the 1st floor in the arrival lobby, and the fare is 2,540 yen per person. (Note that the ''Airport Limousine Bus'' counter on the same floor, operated by another company, does not take care of the NATT'S bus service.) The bus stop is located right outside of the terminal, and the bus leaves the Airport at 07:40, 09:05, 10:35, 12:50, 14:30, 16:15, 17:20, 18:45, and 20:10.
It takes about one hour and 40 minutes to Tsukuba Center. (The bus, without going through Japanese Expressways, is hardly caught in a traffic jam and thereby the schedule would be reliable.) There are six bus stops: ''Shin-Tone-Machi'', ''Ryu-Ga-Saki New Town'', ''Ushiku'', ''Hitachino-Ushiku Station'' (some of these are skipped occasionally), ''Tsukuba Center'' and ''Tsuchiura Station''; you should get off the bus at Tsukuba Center (not Tsuchiura Station).
In case your flight is not compatible with the bus schedule (leaving the Airport at 20:10 in the last), then you have to go to the Tokyo area at first by the JR line, Keisei line or Airport Limousine Bus (about two hours, 2,000-3,000 yen). The transportation from Narita to Tsukuba by taxi will cost as much as 20,000 yen.
Connection from the Tokyo area to Tsukuba Center
Take the JR Yamanote line to Akihabara station, where you will change for the Tsukuba Express ‘TX’. The entrance to the TX is located at the east side exit of the Akihabara station. It takes about 10 minutes from JR to the TX ticket gate on foot.
At TX Akihabara station, buy a ticket to Tsukuba station (1,150 yen per person) and take a Rapid train (45 minutes) or a Semi-Rapid train (52 minutes); a limited number of Local trains reach Tsukuba station (57 minutes). Take the exit A4 or A3 of Tsukuba station to the Tsukuba Center bus terminal.
TX trains leave the stations every 15 minutes; the first and last trains leave the TX Akihabara station for Tsukuba station at 05:30AM and 23:30, respectively, and the first and last trains leave Tsukuba for Akihabara at 05:07AM and 23:14, respectively. You can enjoy a short trip from Tsukuba to Tokyo easily by using the TX trains.
Hotel Map (Around Tsukuba Bus Center)
Local Transportation To/From KEK
From Hotels to KEK
- For visitors in Okura Frontier Hotel Tsukuba, Okura Frontier Hotel Epochal and Urban Hotel.
Hotel buses (shuttles) will leave each hotel at 8:00 every morning. Please ask at a reception desk about
place of departure.
- For all participants.
Shuttle bus will leave at 8:00 every morning from Gate A1 of the Tsukuba station (No. 4 in the map). The
bus will make a brief stop in front of Okura Frontier Hotel Tsukuba, to depart at 8:10. Note that this is the
last workshop bus for KEK. (See above map)
From KEK back to the Hotels
＊Oct. 17th (Monday) - KEK tour -
Tour buses will be available for participants who registered for the KEK tour. The buses will leave from
the main entrance of the Kenkyu-honkan Bldg. at 17:00 and will return to the Hotel when the Lab. Tour is
For workshop participants who do not go on the Lab. tour, the shuttle bus will leave from the main
entrance of the Kenkyu-honkan Bldg. at 18:40 to return to stop at each Hotel and reach Tsukuba station.
＊Oct. 18th (Tuesday) and 20th (Thursday)
Shuttle buses will leave from the main entrance of the Kenkyu-honkan Bldg. to return to the Hotels at 6:45
＊Oct. 19th (Wednesday) - Workshop dinner (Banquet) –
The workshop dinner will be held on Wednesday evening, 19th of October at SANSUITEI. Those
participants who joined the excursion will be taken to the banquet place directly. Also courtesy buses will
be available for participants who will not go to the excursion. The buses will leave from the main entrance
of the Kenkyu-honkan Bldg. at 17:15 and will make a brief stop at Tsukuba station (No. 4 in the map)
around 17:40. The buses will return to the Hotel after the closing of the workshop dinner. For workshop
participants who do not attend the dinner, the shuttle bus to the Hotel will leave from the main entrance of
the Kenkyu-honkan Bldg. at 12:45
＊Oct. 21st (Friday)
Shuttle buses will leave from the main entrance of the Kenkyu-honkan Bldg. to the Tsukuba Center at