Town Development Efforts

A large number of national and public research institutes, such as the National Institute of Advanced Industrial and Science Technology, and private R&D-oriented enterprises are located along the TX line. This concentration of science and technology representing Japan facilitates industrial activity along the TX line in various fields such as IT, bioscience, nanoscience, and the environment.

An efficient national and international transportation network will be created with the construction of the Metropolitan Inter-City Expressway and the opening of Ibaraki Airport.

 

Kenkyu Gakuen Katsuragi

The Kenkyu Gakuen Katsuragi Area, which serves as a subcenter of Tsukuba Science City, is located adjacent to the center of Tsukuba City and is surrounded on all four sides by urban districts. This area has the largest development space along the TX line and has been attracting attention because of the development of a mixed-use urban area that will offer services helpful in daily life and work when the new Tsukuba city Government Office is inaugurated in May 2010. Around Kenkyu Gauen Station, commercial and business facilities will be constructed as the center of the area, and attractive facilities will be created to the south and north. Large-scale parks and green areas are also included in the development plan in order to create residential areas in harmony with the surrounding natural environment and greenspace. Japan’s science city will continue to evolve into a city where people can enjoy their life to the fullest.

Area :
484.7 ha
Planned population :
25,000 (8,150 homes) (about 50 residents/ha)
Nearest station :
Kenkyu Gakuen Station 49 minutes from Akihabara Station (by semi-rapid train)
kenkyugakuen_katsuragi

 

The Shimana Countryside (Shimana/Fukudatsubo Area)

Banpaku Kinenkoen Station is located near the intersection of the Tsukuba Express line and the Metropolitan Inter-City Expressway. Various urban functions will concentrate around the station with the development of commercial and business facilities. Development along national or prefectural roads will aim at providing transportation convenience and creating a base for the exchange of people and goods in the northeastern part of the metropolitan area. The development plan also includes residential areas with the leafy environment peculiar to Tsukuba and large-scale green areas to the south of the Inter-City Expressway to preserve the existing natural environment. We are planning to create a town that is friendly to both humans and nature in an area that abounds in farmland and mountains and has two rivers.

Area :
242.9 ha
Planned population :
15,000 (4,900 homes) (about 62 residents/ha)
Nearest station :
Banpaku Kinenkoen Station 46 minutes from Akihabara Station (by semi-rapid train)
shimana_countryside

 

The Shimana Countryside (Kamikawarazaki/Nakanishi Area)

The Kamikawarazaki/Nakanishi Area is conveniently located at the intersection where the Tsuchiura Bando and Tsukuba Moka routes meet. Utilizing these main roads, development is under way with the construction of large-scale commercial facilities at the center of the area. The development plan also includes the creation of residential areas surrounded by nature, utilizing good access to Banpaku Kinenkoen Station and the main roads.

Area :
168.2 ha
Planned population :
11,000 (3,400 homes) (about 65 residents/ha)
Nearest station :
Banpaku Kinenkoen Station 46 minutes from Akihabara Station (by semi-rapid train)
shimana_countryside2

 

Tsukuba Midorinosato

The Tsukuba Midorinosato Area at the south end of Tsukuba City is surrounded by green countryside. Having many contact points with agricultural settlements, this area is expected to provide exchanges between agricultural villages and new residential areas and also to become a garden city in alliance with the Moriya and Miraidaira Areas. Midorino Station is located immediately south of Route 354 and, under the plan, will serve as the center of the area, with commercial and business facilities surrounding it.

 

Area :292.7 haPlanned population :21,000 (7,100 homes) (about 70 residents/ha)Nearest station :Midorino Station 43 minutes from Akihabara Station (by semi-rapid train)

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Miraidaira

The richness of nature remains in this area, which has an abundance of beautiful countryside. Miraidaira Station is the only viaduct-type station here on the TX line, and its large green roof is a local landmark. The development of this area has proceeded carefully and in harmony with the rich natural environment. In response to various land-use needs for living, working, studying, and relaxing, public facilities will be created or improved. High expectations are placed on the birth of a new urban area that combines residential and commercial/business facilities.

Area :
274.9 ha
Planned population :
16,000 (5,000 homes) (about 60 residents/ha)
Nearest station :
Midorino Station 40 minutes from Akihabara Station (by semi-rapid train)
moriya_stationvicinities

 

Moriya Station vicinities

Moriya Station is at the intersection of the TX and Kanto Railway Joso line. The area is divided into four sections (commercial, exchange, life, and work), each with its own facilities. These four sections will be intertwined to create a convenient and comfortable commercial zone with diversified functions. The commercial zone will be surrounded by the residential zone, allowing the creation of a lively town with permanent residents.

Area :
38.7 ha
Planned population :
3,800 (about 100 residents/ha)
Nearest station :
Moriya Station 32 minutes from Akihabara Station (by express train)
moriya_higashi

 

Moriya Higashi

Moriya Higashino is a beautiful town with water and green space, and harmony with nature is being considered in its development so that local residents can get together outdoors. Access by rail to the metropolitan areas is provided by the Kanto Railway Joso line and the Tsukuba Express, and access by car by the Joban Expressway through the Yawara Entrance. The functionality of this town, combined with the convenience of the metropolitan area, will add further attractive life space to the town.

Area :
39.5 ha
Planned population :
2,400 (about 60 residents/ha)
Nearest station :
Moriya Station 32 minutes from Akihabara Station (by express train)

 

Moriya Station 32 minutes from Akihabara Station (by express train)

Being located adjacent to the Techno-Park Sakura Area, the Nakane/Kondadai Area has good access to Tsukuba Science City. As a model project for suburban living, the development of a large-scale residential area that is integrated with farmland and greenspace (one plot measures about 600m2) is being planned with the participation of landowners. The development plan also includes the creation of a historical greenspace consolidated with the remains of Konda, a government-designated historical site, and the existing Sakura Sports Park. Landowners are involved in the process of development to provide quality housing and land by utilizing local assets.

Area :
189.9 ha
Planned population :
8,000 (2,500 homes) (about 44 residents/ha)
Nearest station :
Tsukuba Station 45 minutes from Akihabara Station (by express train)

 

 

Town Development Efforts

The station building is handicap accessible.
The community bus service from the stations provides the locals with a good transportation network.
Miraidaira Yokodai’s landscape is aesthetically pleasing because all the power lines are underground and create a comfortable community atmosphere.
Outside the ticket gate at the station, there are signs that help you find your way around Tsukuba.
This picture shows a road in front of Banpaku Kinenkoen Station. This is a road where the sidewalk is level with the road and safety is taken into consideration: narrow sections and simulated speed bumps force drivers to reduce their speed.