It can be tricky to find a parking spot for your bicycle in certain areas of Tsukuba. One Alien Times reader requested an article on the bicycle parking situation around Tsukuba Center, so here is the current state of my knowledge on this topic!
There are three spots where people can leave their bicycles temporarily while they shop at Creo and Q't. They are labelled (9), (10), and (11) in the image below. Please only use these lots if you are actually shopping at these stores, and not when you are catching a bus or train.
There are three major fee-based parking lots associated with Tsukuba Station.
Section 1 is for bikes, motorized bicycles ("gentsuki"), and motorcycles under 250cc (no sidecars). Sections 2 and 3 are only for bicycles.
(This used to be available only for monthly contracts, but it seems that it is available to everyone now.)
There are five parking lots available for people who want to pay for a monthly spot: 4, 5, 6, 7, 12. These lots are NOT available for temporary parking, so please do not park your bike there. This is particularly a problem at area outside the Lawson because it doesn't seem like it would be a contract lot, but it is. If you park your bike there, you may find that it has been removed by the time you go back to get it.
The three outlying Tsukuba Express Stations (Kenkyu Gakuen, Banpaku Kinen Koen, Midorino) are not used as much as Tsukuba Express, but they will probably become more widely used in the next 20 years as development around the stations progresses. At this point, there are free 24-hour parking lots for bicycles at all three of these stations. This may change if the lots become more crowded in the future.
The parking lots are available for bicycles and motorcycles under 250cc. They are free and open 24 hours, all year long (no holidays). Bicycles that are left for a long period of time will be removed from the lot. The city does not assume any responsibility for bicycles that are in the lot or any personal items that are left with the bicycle.
Use the lots written in red for temporary parking (not regular monthly parking).
|1||Tx Central Bike Lot Section 1||Temporary||Bike||Limited||150|
|2||Tx Central Bike Lot Section 2||Temporary||Bike||24 hours||64|
|3||Tx Central Bike Lot Section 3||Temporary||Bike||24 hours||65|
|4||Tx North Bike Lot 1||Contract||Bike||24 hours||293|
|5||Tx North Motorcycle Lot||Contract||Scooter||24 hours||66|
|6||Tx North Bike Lot 2||Contract||Bike||24 hours||305|
|7||Tsukuba West Bike Lot||Contract||Bike||24 hours||121|
|8||Tsukuba West Bike Lot||Temporary||Bike||24 hours||100|
|9||Shopping Lot Q't, upper level||Temporary||Bike||24 hours||?|
|10||Shopping Lot Jusco||Temporary||Bike||24 hours||?|
|11||Shopping Lot Seibu||Temporary||Bike||24 hours||?|
|12||Tsukuba Center Plaza Bike Lot||Contract||Bike||24 hours||65|
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