"Uerukamu Puraza", as is comes out phonetically in Japanese, is the name being given to a new facility being opened on the second floor of the bus terminal building across the plaza from the Daiichi Hotel and Nova Hall. A project of the Housing and Urban Planning Division, ACCS, the Tsukuba Transportation Center, and the Tsukuba New Town Development Company, the Welcome Plaza is designed to be a kind of "entrance way" into the city of Tsukuba.
With the planned "Joban Shinsen" train line, which will hopefully not be too far behind its scheduled opening in the year 2000, the combination train station/bus terminal will be an even more important hub of the city. The Welcome Plaza is designed to be a supplement to the Tsukuba Information Center and the Tourism Office already functioning close by.
Welcome Plaza consists of 3 main sections, with an information desk that is open daily from 9 am to 8 pm (closed only during the New Year's holiday from Dec. 28 - Jan. 3). A wide variety of pamphlets, maps and other such forms of information about the city and its activities will be provided.
A 66 m2 "Komyuniti Ruumu" (Community Room) will also be made available to community groups at a nominal charge for various events. The charge for the use of the room is 500 yen per hour or 3000 yen for an entire day. ACCS (the local cable TV service) is also planning on using the room as a recording studio once or twice each month.
The remaining 40 m2 of space is to be used as a small coffee shop to provide a place for travelers to relax and enjoy themselves for a while.
The telephone number of the information desk is 58-2460 (fax 58-1412).
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