A new highway bus route has been launched between Tsuchiura to Omiya (via Tsukuba). The cost of the trip is 1100 yen (or 920 yen if you buy 5 tickets for 4600 yen). You can buy the tickets directly from the driver. It is not possible to make a reservation. The bus has a bathroom and apparently the seats are fairly big.
Omiya Station is on the Tohoku Shinkansen line, so this will mean that you don't have to go all the way south to Tokyo before going north again. You can get to Yamagata, Akita, and even Nagano more smoothly.
There are twelve round trips per day, with times between 60 and 100 minutes between departures. The first bus leaves Tsuchiura Station at 6am and Omiya at 6:40am. The last bus leave Tsuchiura at 9:45pm and Omiya at 10:05pm.
The length of the trip varies according to traffic conditions, but if everything goes according to plan, the trip from Tsuchiura to Omiya should take 95 minutes, and the trip from Tsukuba to Omiya should take 80 minutes.
These schedules are current as of October 1, 2006. Please see the official schedule (pdf, in Japanese) for the latest times.
|Tsukuba Bus Terminal||6:20||7:25||9:30||11:10||12:20||13:30||14:50||16:50||18:20||19:25||20:20||22:05|
|Kami Ochiai 9-chome||7:40||8:45||10:40||12:20||13:30||14:40||16:00||18:00||19:40||20:45||21:30||23:15|
|Kami Ochiai 9-chome||6:45||8:25||9:30||10:30||12:05||14:05||15:05||16:00||17:20||19:25||21:05||22:10|
|Tsukuba Bus Terminal||8:00||9:40||10:45||11:45||13:20||15:20||16:20||17:15||18:35||20:40||22:20||23:25|
Kan = Bus operated by Kanto Tetsudo
Int = Bus operated by Kokusai Kogyo (kokusai means "international")
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