15 Things To Do in Hamamatsu

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Hamamatsu Things To Do
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Hamamatsu city, located in the Shizuoka prefecture, is an industrial hub and an important city to visit when you traveling on land between Osaka and Tokyo. The city has long been popular for the production of musical instruments with Kawai and Yamaha. With an area of 600 sq. miles, Hamamatsu is home to various attractions. Here are the top 15 things to do in Hamamatsu:

1. Visit Hamamatsu Air Park

On your visit to Hamamatsu, you should definitely visit the Hamamatsu air Park. It’s absolutely free. If you have ever dreamed of riding a jet plane, this museum will give you the opportunity to sit in the cockpit. There are jet planes and planes of every kind here. Special planes are also made for the children. There is also a stimulator in the park which gives you the feeling that you are actually flying the plane.


2. Visit Hamamatsu Fower Park

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The Hamamatsu flower park is botanical garden present on the edge of Lake Hamana. The park is about 30,000 square meters and there are more than 100,000 plants of 30,000 different species. In the park, you can enjoy seasonal flowers throughout the year. There is also a walking trail to enjoy the flower varieties. The park is also quite well-maintained. There is also a section with beautiful scriptures. You can also spend hours in the park just taking pictures. So you should visit this park.


  • Name: Hamatsu Flower Park
  • Address: Hamamatsu, Shizuoka Prefecture
  • Opening hour: 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

3. Visit Hamamatsu Castle

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The Hamamatsu castle is a reconstructed castle present Japanese castle. It has been occupied by various feudal who ruled over Hamamatsu. The castle, originally built in 1532, is truly a wonder of nature. The castle is quite well-maintained too. The adjoining garden and ponds are also quite beautiful. Volunteer guides are there to help you at any moment and tell you the history of the place. There are also nice places to shop around the castle.


  • Name: Hamamatsu Castle
  • Address: 100-2 Motoshirocho, Naka-ku, Hamamatsu 430-0946, Shizuoka Prefecture
  • Opening hour: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

4. Explore Ryugashido Cavern

If you are up for a little twist during your trip, you should explore the Ryugashido Cavern. This place is more of a sight-seeing cave than an adventurous one, but still, you would enjoy walking through the beautifully lit cave. There are also bats and different insects which you would have never seen before. You can also get a pamphlet for English information before visiting the cave. The place is also close to the Hamamatsu station. So you should visit this place.


5. Visit Hamana Lake

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Hamanako is a large lake in the western coast of Shizuoka Prefecture. It was originally a fresh lake separated from the ocean and got connected to the ocean as a result of an earthquake in 1498. There are many important building and parks around the lake like there is a park with 100,000 plants and 3,000 different species. The lake is truly a wonder of nature and you can view it from the Observation Tower of Hamanako Garden park.


  • Name: Lake Hamana
  • Address: 2226-1 Kanzanjicho, Nishi-ku, Hamamatsu 431-1209, Shizuoka Prefecture
  • Opening hour: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

6. Visit Hokoji Temple

The Hokoji temple, located in Hamamatsu, dates back to the 16th century. It is just a small walk from the station with many amazing Buddhist statues. It is a slight walk uphill over a beautiful bridge, which is quite active and trains the monks even to the present day due to the Zen tradition. The temple is a bit larger than other temples. You can enjoy leisurely walks in the temple all day long. So visit this temple.


  • Name: Hokoji temple
  • Address: Takaoka-cho, Hamamatsu 432-8551, Shizuoka Prefecture
  • Opening hour: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

7. Visit Hamamatsu Museum of Musical Instruments

The Hamamatsu Museum of Musical Instruments is the first municipal museum of musical instruments in Japan. The museum was built as part of the Hamamatsu City Creation way back in 1981. The main aim of the museum is to collect and represent a large selection of musical instruments around the world. The museum is just a 10-minute walk from the station and costs just 300 yen. It is quite an impressive museum which you should definitely visit.


8. Visit Hamanako Garden Park

You shouldn’t miss a visit to the Hamanako Garden park on your trip to Hamamatsu. The park was built on the site of the 2004 Pacific Flora Garden Exposition, where you can sit for long periods of time and enjoy the seasonal beauty. The park is quite huge and well-maintained. It is a public place, so it is free. There is also a beautiful parking place and cafés around the park. So visit this park and become close to nature.


9. Visit Suzuki Plaza

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The Suzuki Plaza, located in Hamamatsu, is one of the major companies representing the Hamamatsu and has always paid a close attention to it, consumers. The museum is free but you would have to reserve your visit beforehand. The plaza consists of three stories; the first story presents the story of Mr. Suzuki and his technological innovations. The second and third story tells about the Suzuki technological innovations in bike and cars.


10. Visit Jissoji Temple

If you want to visit a temple with a big history, go to Jissoji temple. The temple is famously known as the place where a famous Buddhist monk, Nichiren introduced many theories. The temple itself, won’t disappoint you as you can see beautiful scriptures in the building. Most people, however, go there to see a 2000 years old tree in the temple. It has become scarier with the passage of time. So if you have time, see this tree.


  • Name: Jissoji Temple
  • Address: 1371 Inasacho Kanasashi, Hokuto 431-2213, Yamanashi Prefecture
  • Opening hour: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

11. Dine at Sawayaka

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Well, so much traveling might take a toll on you. So why not visit Sawayaka, one of the best restaurants in Hamamatsu. It is a bit crowded, so you would have to wait in line for a bit. The hamburger is the main course but other foods are also available. The hamburger is well cooked and juicy. Other than the food, the staff is nice and courteous. Smoking is banned in the restaurant and there is also a good parking place. So you should visit this restaurant.


  • Name: Sawayaka
  • Address: 193-14 Wagocho, Naka-ku, Hamamatsu 433-8125, Shizuoka Prefecture
  • Opening hour: 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m

12. Visit Kanzanji Temple

The zen temple Kanzanji is a small temple located on the slopes of Mt. Tateyama, a small mountain about 50 m high. It is a beautiful place to worship and draws millions of people from around the world. The temple is quite popular for its large grounds. There is also a footpath where you can walk and enjoy the view of Hamana lake and the temple. The temple is about 50 min drive from the Hamamatsu station. But still, it is a worth-visiting site.


  • Name: Kanzanji Temple
  • Address: 2231 Kanzanjicho, Hamamatsu 431-1209, Shizuoka Prefecture
  • Opening hour: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m

13. Dine at Mutsugiku

You should also visit the Mitsuguku restaurant on your trip to Hamamatsu. A variety of Japanese cuisine is served in this restaurant. The restaurant serves both lunch and dinner. Special reservations are also available at the restaurant. However, some people don’t appreciate the meal here because the restaurant is a bit expensive. Still, it is one of those restaurants which familiarizes you with Japanese culture. So visit it.


  • Name: Mutsugiku
  • Address:  356-5 Sunayamacho Naka-ku, Hamamatsu 430-0926, Shizuoka Prefecture
  • Opening hour: 11:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
  • Website: http://mutsugiku.jp/

14. Visit Bentenjima Beach

The Bentenjima beach is another worth visiting place in Hamamatsu. The Bentenjima Island is located on the north of Lake Hamana. It is said that it was connected to the beach a long time ago but got separated due to erosions and earthquakes. The beach itself is quite wide and beautiful, with clear sky above it. It is quite peaceful too. So it’s worth your time.


  • Name: Bentenjima Beach
  • Address: Bentenjima, Maihamacho, Nihsi-ku, Hamamatsu 431-0214, Shizuoka Prefecture
  • Opening hour: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Website: http://www.bentenjima.jp/

15. Visit Makayaji Temple

You should end your trip to Hamamatsu with something spiritual and it doesn’t get more spiritual than visiting Makayaji Temple. The temple is worth a 1000 yen taxi fare and a 20 minute-walk from the train station. The temple is quite beautiful wooden paintings hanging from the ceiling in the main hall. There are also three statues which are around a millennium years old. So you shouldn’t miss this wonderful experience.


  • Name: Makayaji Temple
  • Address: 421 Mikkabi Makaya, Hamamatsu 431-1413, Shizuoka Prefecture
  • Opening hour: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Now you know the top things to do in Hamamatsu. Hamamatsu is one of those places which is quite fit for tourists of every age. It’s truly a wonderful experience. With its beautiful restaurants, temples, and parks, visiting Hamamatsu is an experience you will tell your grandchildren. So visit Hamamatsu and get ready to be amazed.

Have a good trip and travel!