Virtually next door to the Toyoko Inn Kenkyugakuen Tsukuba, at Kenkyugakuen Station is the Mark-1 Hotel Tsukuba - a superior business hotel with the added luxury of a spacious onsen bath open to guests-only.
The boxy rooms are modern and the beds firm. There are excellent views of Mt. Tsukuba from the north facing side.
Tsukuba (Science City) in Ibaraki Prefecture is best reached on the Tsukuba Express (TX) Line from Akihabara (1100 yen) in Tokyo.
Also in Kenkyugakuen-mae the Bestland Hotel has an excellent Italian style restaurant, La Porta, on the ground (1st) floor.
Mark 1 Hotel Tsukuba
D3 Gaiku 5
Tel: 029 875 7272