To return to Tsukuba, you can take the same way, or you can also make a little detour to visit the "Edo Warp Station". To go there from the shrine, follow the other river coming to the pond (Nishi-yata River) until you see a bridge on your left. Cross the river and keep going on the road until the next traffic light, then turn right. Soon the road makes a "Y". Take the left arm of the "Y"; you should follow a little irrigation pipe. After a while the road goes away from the irrigation pipe, a bit uphill and soon there will be a crossing. Turn left and then right when you reach again the irrigation pipe and follow it. After a few hundred meters the road on the right of the irrigation pipe crosses it; so cross it too and keep following the pipe. Then the next bridge crossing the pipe should be a road. Turn right on this road and go uphill (that's the hard part). The road reaches the Edo Warp Station after a few hundred meters. Entrance to the warp station cost around 1400 yen for an adult and has been described in Tsukuba Newsletter (November 2000 issue).
To return to Tsukuba, turn right after leaving the warp station and then right again when you reach route 19. On route 19 you will pass a bridge (over the Nishi-yata River). Right after this bridge you should see a sign "Tsukuba city". Keep going on route 19 until you see a second bridge. Do not cross this second bridge (over Higashi-yata River), but turn to the left just before it. You are back on the trail you took to come to the Ushiku Pond...
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