Hamamatsu – One Step Closer
Hamamatsu Outs and Abouts
Follow “Hamamatsu In Your Eyes”, we will come a little more into the insights of this industrial city situated in the west of Shizuoka city.
As talked about in the previous articles, Hamamatsu is famous for its musical instrument industry with some worldly-recognized brands such as with Yamaha and Kawai. As for motorcycles, Honda, Suzuki, and Yamaha are the names to list. Their factories are built in this city.
Back in the old time, during the Edo period, Hamamatsu played an important role as a communications center since it was the point where the Tokaido highway met the Shinano highway.
18,000 out of 800,000 of the population here are Japanese Brazilians. They are mainly from the São Paulo area and come to Japan to work in manufacturing industries.
Hamamatsu Castle Park
Not as traditional and historical as Kyoto nor modern and hectic as Tokyo, yet, Hamamatsu still offers visitors a variety of interesting places to go and see. One of the main attractions is Hamamatsu Castle.
Along with much of the city, the original Hamamatsu Castle, which was named Shussei Castle was actually destroyed during World War II. Historically, the castle is associated with the life of the warlord Ieyasu Tokugawa. In 1570, he moved from the nearby base Okazaki Castle to Hamamatsu and spent his 17 years of young life living in there before moving to Sumpu Castle (the modern Shizuoka city today).
Nowadays, Hamamatsu Castle’s ground features a pleasant park with a bronze statue of Ieyasu and 360 cherry-blossom trees, turning this place into a wonderful cherry-blossom viewing spot. There is also a small museum where numerous samurai armor and Tokugawa memorabilia are kept.
Hamamatsu Castle Park also includes Shoin-tei tea house, Hamamatsu City Art Museum – the home to Hiroshige Ando’s woodblock prints and many other artworks of local artists, and the Hamamatsu Literary Memorabilia Museum in which a collection of Japanese literature is displayed.
Hamamatsu – the heaven for museum lovers
Hamamatsu Museum of Musical Instruments
The museum has two floors: the upper one is dedicated to Asian instruments from Japan, Korea, China, Mongolia, Iran, and other East and South East Asia. The lower floor is saved for European instruments. A precious collection of pianos from Europe, America, Oceania, and Africa are staying in there. Visitors coming to the museum can watch videos of musical performances and listen to snippets of the instruments with headphones.
The museum is also a venue for music performances by artists or groups from around the world.
This is a huge tower containing an Observation Gallery that is 185m high. On clear days, visitors can catch the image of the Southern Alps, the Enshu Coast, Hamamatsu city and even Mt. Fuji sometimes.
This Observation Gallery is part of the Okura Act City Hotel Hamamatsu; therefore, it is closed on weekends for private events.
Hamamatsu Science Museum
This museum’s targeted audiences are children and when it exhibits 6 different themes including nature and science. There is a 20m diameter planetarium kept in the museum.
Hamamatsu Reconstruction Memorial Museum
This museum is dedicated to detail the development of Hamamatsu after World War II. Visitors can find original household articles from the 1950s to the 1970s. There are also uniforms and helmets used during the wartime period displayed.
Keisuke Kinoshita Memorial Museum
Coming to this museum, visitors have the chance of getting to know the life of the film director Keisuke Kinoshita (1912-1998) as well as his movies.
Chitose, Yurakugai & Sakanamachi
These spots represent Hamamatsu’s main entertainment area. There are numerous shops, bars and restaurants for tourists to enjoy their shopping and leisure activities.
Hamamatsu Festival Pavilion
In here, visitors can find huge 4 meter-long kites that were used in the Hamamatsu Festival. And if they want to pay a visit to Nakatajima Sand Dunes, it’s nearby.
This free Air Park is located in the north of Hamamatsu. Visitors when coming to Air Park can see fighter planes in real life and enjoy flight simulators.
Hamamatsu City History Museum
To arrive at this museum, visitors need to travel to the west around Lake Sanaru. The museum focuses on the area’s history during the Jomon Period. The exhibits displayed are those found in the Shijimizuka archeological site nearby.
Lake Hamana (Hamanako)
Lake Hamana is situated to the further west of Hamamatsu neighboring Toyohashi. If you are a fan of water sports and activities like boat excursions or water skiing, kayaking, windsurfing, parasailing, be sure you pay “Hamanako” a visit. And of course, there is no exception if you enjoy fishing.
The local delicacies of Hamanako include eel, oysters, blowfish, pike conger in terms of seafood. And if you are a fruits lover, Hamanako offers you delicious strawberries and mikan oranges that you can pick by yourself and buy your selected farming products.
Not just food, Lake Hamana has a number of onsen hot springs around Bentenjima, Kanzanji, and Mikkabi. Many hotels and ryokan in Hamanako area offer hot springs, and even outside baths “rotemburo” where bathers can see the lake views and surrounding hills while enjoying bath time.
And you should not miss the attractions around Hamanako’s edge which include Hamamatsu City Zoo, Hamamatsu Flower Park, Kanzanji Ropeway, etc. For those who love outdoor activities that involved fruit picking, BBQs, or food court, winery, tropical greenhouses, let’s get a ticket to Hamamatsu Fruit Park Tokinosumika.
Hamamatsu Guide https://www.japanvisitor.com/japan-city-guides/hamamatsu-guide Accessed April 20th, 2019
What’s Hamamatsu like? https://hamamatsu-daisuki.net/lan/en/how/ Accessed April 20th, 2019