Normally operating only during daylight hours, the ropeway (cable car) going to the top of Mt. Tsukuba will be offering night runs on three evenings this month. The first is on Sat., Nov. 13, followed by a Leonid Meteor Shower special on Thursday, Nov. 18 and another Saturday night special on Nov. 27. The operating times for these specials are from 5 to 9 pm and cost 1000 yen for the round trip from the parking lot at Tsutsujigaoka to the top. In the event of rain or high winds, the runs will be cancelled. The 1296 meter long ropeway takes 6 minutes to transverse and it will leave the station at 15 minute intervals.
To get there, you can approach it in two ways. The cheapest way is to drive up past the Mt. Tsukuba Shrine until you reach the traffic light at the crest. Turn left and proceed up the toll road (400 yen collected on the way back down) to the parking lot, the highest place you can drive to on the mountain. The other way is to go along the skyline drive (also a toll road) running along the ridge of mountains between the Mt. Tsukuba itself and Tsuchiura. This road runs right into the road leading up to the Tsutsujigaoka parking lot. After 9 pm on these evenings, the tolls will not be collected and you can use them free.
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