This page takes you to a number of places where you can discover Hamamatsu, from the Downtown Hamamatsu area to the Lake Hamana and Hokuen areas that are rich in natural landscapes.
Downtown Hamamatsu Area
To the east of Hamamatsu Station stands Act Tower, Hamamatsu’s symbolic tower. The 212.8-meter-high 45-story building is one of the highest buildings in the region. From the tower’s observation deck at the height of 185 meters, you can enjoy the view of not only the Pacific Ocean, but also Mt. Fuji, making it a popular place to visit for both locals and visitors.
Lake Hamana Area
The calm surface of Lake Hamana makes it suitable for marine sports, such as sailing, wakeboarding, parasailing, and windsurfing. A number of marinas are found on the lake, and Lake Hamana is one of the most popular locations among marine sports enthusiasts.
Having tides and currents, the lake is also perfect for fishing. Anglers come from all around Japan to fish for seasonal varieties like black sea bream, flounder, and perch.
There are also other seasonal pleasures. In spring, you can go clam digging on the beach or enjoy traditional torch fishing, or “Takiya-ryo”. In summer, fireworks festivals are held at various locations, and in fall, 7 mikan orange farms in the town of Mikkabi are open to the public for “Mikkabi Mikan” orange picking.
After a busy day of fun activities or just simply enjoying a tradition that is uniquely Japanese, you can relax in a hot spring bath at any of the well-known hot spring spas like Bentenjima Onsen, Mikkabi Onsen, and Kanzanji Onsen.
In the mountainous Hokuen Area, near Tenryu River and its tributaries, people enjoy camping, hiking, and other outdoor leisure activities.
You can also take a Tenryu River boat tour or go canoeing in Funagira Water Dam Park.
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Hamamatsu Castle Park
Tokugawa Ieyasu spent 17 years living in Hamamatsu Castle, and the restored castle in Hamamatsu Castle Park tells of Ieyasu’s legacy. About 370 cherry trees are planted around the castle, making it the most popular cherry blossom spot in the downtown area. From the end of March to the beginning of April, many people come here to have picnics and parties under fully blossomed cherry trees.
The park also has a Japanese garden and lawn areas. Locals enjoy walks in the park and many families are seen picnicking on weekends and holidays.
Hamamatsu Museum of Musical Instruments
Hamamatsu Museum of Musical Instruments is the first of its kind in Japan, with about 1,200 musical instruments from around the world on exhibit.
The exhibit varies from Japanese traditional instruments like koto harp and shakuhachi flute to a lavish piano from the 19th century Europe. Visitors can listen to the recordings of music played with instruments on display or they can even play some of the instruments themselves.
Nakatajima Sand Dune
Nakatajima is one of the three biggest sand dunes in Japan.
Located to the west of the Tenryu river mouth, the dune faces Enshu-nada, the water connected to the Pacific Ocean. Nakatajima Sand Dune extends 4 km from east to west and 600 m from north to south.
The changing patterns which winds draw upon the sand are beautiful enough to be called art.
Hamamatsu Flower Park
The Hamamatsu Flower Park has 100,000 flowers and plants in 3,000 varieties. Visitors can enjoy flowers like cherry blossoms, roses, and irises throughout the year.
The seasonal greenhouse exhibits and the water fountain show are very popular attractions.
Shops and restaurants are available, and trolleys run in the park for those who would like to sit back and enjoy the view. The park is a great place for families to spend a day.
The park sometimes offers night-time events featuring illumination.
Hamamatsu Fruit Park
Different varieties of fruit from the world are grown in the 430,000-square-meter premises of the Hamamatsu Fruit Park.
In addition to greenhouses for various fruits, there are spacious lawn areas, playgrounds, day camp areas, restaurants, and souvenir shops.
You can also pick various fruit according to the season.
Energetic and magnificent Hamamatsu Festival is held from May 3 through 5 and attracts 1.5 million visitors each year.
During the day epic kite battles are held at the Nakatajima Sand Dunes, while as night falls the action moves downtown, where spectacular floats are paraded through the streets.
There is a 48-km bicycle path along Lake Hamana stretching from Mikkabi to Bentenjima. Bicycles are available for rent at various locations such as Kiga Station and Mikkabi Station (Tenryu Hamanako Train Line), Maisaka-cho, Nagisa-en, and Kanzanji Onsen.
Lake Hamana, a brackish lake, is 141 km in circumference and 6,880 hectares in area. It is the 10th largest lake in Japan.
Lake Hamana is a popular location for marine sports.
Onsen hot springs
There are many onsen hot springs around Lake Hamana. Bentenjima Onsen, Mikkabi Onsen, and Kanzanji Onsen are particularly well-known for the therapeutic effects of their hot spring waters.
Travelers to these areas often stay at Japanese style inns to relax and escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
Onsen facilities without accommodation are also available and especially popular with the locals.
The growth of Hamamatsu City was built upon three major industries: motorcycles, musical instruments, and textiles. In recent years, however, high-tech industries like optics and electronics are achieving rapid development. Some factories are open for visitors, and there are many facilities related to the local industries.
|“Unagi Pie Factory”|
Takayanagi Memorial Hall”
|“Sakichi Toyoda Memorial Museum”|
※Reservations are often required to visit facilities of private companies. Please be sure to check with the applicable company in advance for open house schedules and other details about visits.
Kohoku Gozan (Five Temples to the North of the Lake)
There are five Buddhist temples to the north of Lake Hamana. Founded sometime between the Nara and Edo periods, these historic temples are registered as national cultural properties. They are Shosan Hourin-ji, Ryotan-ji, Houkou-ji Okuyama Hansou-bo, Daifuku-ji, and Makaya-ji. The Japanese garden in Makaya-ji Temple was built all the way back at the beginning of the Kamakura period, making it the oldest Japanese garden in Shizuoka Prefecture. Each of these temples is well preserved, showing the visitors an appearance which has remained unchanged for centuries.