When I was a child in Sweden, I loved going to the circus. In those days (wow, that make me sound so old!) they came from exotic foreign countries, bringing with them strange animals and fortune telling gypsies. It was exciting and scary at the same time, and often I would dream about going with the gypsies in the wagons to far away countries. Well, I did end up in far away Japan even if wasn't exactly with a gypsy.
Anyway, when I heard that a circus was coming to a place near Tsukuba, I knew that I just had to take my grandchildren. And we had a great time! There were acrobats and clowns and a magic show that was just amazing! How do they make people disappear in a second and come back as a tiger?
Also there were 10 lions, tigers and panthers, and although I admire the woman that was inside the cage with them it also made me a little bit sad to see these beautiful animals perform like cats. All together though, we did enjoy the experience. (It can be scary for small children since it is dark and very loud.)
It is the Kinoshita Circus, and they have a special performance to celebrate the start of the Tsukuba express. The Circus tent is situated just outside the Kashiwanoha Campus Station, about 20 min from Tsukuba station.
They are scheduled to perform every day (except Thursdays) until November 29th. Mon-Wed performances at 11am and 1:40pm Fridays at 1pm and 3:40pm Saturday, Sunday and other holidays 10:20am, 1pm and 3:40pm
Each performance is 2 hours with a 15 min break. The cost is 2700 yen for adults and 1700 yen for children 3-15years. You can then add from 800 to 2000 yen and get "special seating." It is difficult to buy the tickets by phone if you don't understand Japanese well since it is done by a computer voice. The easiest way is probably to buy the ticket at the TX train station, they have ticket set (train & circus) you can buy, or you can go directly to the circus and stand in line and buy your ticket before each performance (the cost is then 3000 yen for adults and 2000 yen for children). Tickets by phone 0570-02-9999.
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