A working town, off the tourist track
Hamamatsu has long been known for the production of musical instruments and motorcycles, with Honda, Suzuki and Yamaha having factories in the area. Though not a tourist city, it has a number of interesting places to visit, with the main attraction being the castle. The original Hamamatsu Castle was destroyed in World War II, along with much of the rest of the city, and was rebuilt in 1958. The Hamamatsu Museum of Musical Instruments is a must-visit
Here we have selected a few of the sights and experiences that you really should see on a visit to Hamamatsu.
Tokugawa Ieyasu, who unified Japan in the 17th century, lived here for 17 years from 1570. Today, its leafy park houses an art museum, a collection of old weapons in the castle tower and has panoramic city views.
A mix of freshwater and seawater, this Lake Hamana has an 80 mile shoreline and is famed for its eels and nori seaweed. A great spot for fishing, gathering shellfish, swimming, cycling, and relaxing in hot spring baths!
North of the city on Mt. Ryugashi, this ancient limestone cave has over 3000 ft of tunnels. Stalactites have formed fantastical shapes and there is a dramatic underground waterfall.
Learn all about Japan’s military air force, the Air Self Defense Force, through an immersive film show, an exhibition of weapons and an impressive collection of real aircraft in a large hangar. Then take to the training simulator to test your skills as a pilot!
A selection of tours using this hotel
Japan Semi-Escorted Trekking
Japan Self-Drive Holiday
15 day tour from £3,499
Hiring a car to get around Japan is a fantastic way to explore the country, especially as they drive on the left.