A new theme park is opening in neighboring Ina-machi, just south of Tsukuba. The idea is that you will be time-warped from the present back into the Edo period and experience life as it was then through a variety of multimedia presentations. The entrance fee is a bit steep, being 1400 yen for adults and 700 yen for junior high and under. Likewise, this is just to get into the park. On top of that, you have to fork over an additional 300 yen for each of the 5 special exhibition halls (or get a set for all 5 at 1000 yen (800 yen)). They do, however, have several other exhibitions that are covered by the entrance fee. When asked if any of the exhibitions had English capability, I was told that only one had that capability at present.
It remains to be seen how foreigner-friendly this new park is going to be, but my impression from the publicity I've received does not sound very hopeful. If any of our readers who are brave enough to go check it out would be willing to share their impressions, we would be most appreciative. This, by the way, goes for all other facilities as well. Let us know what you liked and did not like about places others should know about.
To get to the park from Tsukuba, proceed past the Yatabe Interchange until the road dead-ends in Ina Machi. Turn left and go for about 500 meters past the Ina Post Office and turn right. It's about 1 km down that road on the left.
One interesting tidbit of information is that the popular NHK drama Taiga Dorama is being filmed at the park now. Whether that will continue after the park opens is not indicated in the flyers.
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