2 Nights, 3 Days
Hamamatsu, located exactly halfway between Tokyo and Osaka, is a city where you can enjoy Japanese sightseeing to your heart’s content. After visiting the metropolis of Tokyo, you can relax in Hamamatsu, where history, nature and, industry co-exist in harmony. After that, visit Osaka and Kyoto and experience a whole different side of Japan!
Narita Airport serves more than 40 million passengers annually and is the gateway to Japan's skies. Tokyo's extensive transport network includes limousine buses and limited express trains with direct access, making it easy to get to the heart of the city.
JR East's Limited Express Train - Narita Express
1 hour by train
Tokyo Station is the gateway to the metropolis of Tokyo. The station building, designed by famous Taisho era architect, Kingo Tatsuno, has an outstanding appearance befitting a capital city (please take a look at the station from the Marunouchi Exit side!). From here you can easily access all of Tokyo's famous sightseeing spots. In Asakusa you can get a feel for Japan's deep history, while in Harajuku you can come into contact with Japan's unique pop culture, and you can fully enjoy the streets of Tokyo until dusk.
1. Sensoji Temple: Great access! Just 5 minutes on foot from Asakusa Station (subway and train).
2. Harajuku Takeshita Dori Street: Right near JR Harajuku Station.
3. Ryogoku Kokugikan (Sumo match): Just 1 minute on foot from Ryogoku Station (JR Sobu Line).
About 20 minutes by train
1. Sensoji Temple - At Tokyo's largest temple, many people enjoy the sight of the large lantern hanging from the Kaminarimon gate. Lining the approach to the temple is Nakanmise dori, a collection of shops selling food, drinks, and souvenirs. Just walking along this path is a great experience! It's just a 5 minute walk from Asakusa Station, a station served by both subway and train.
2. Harajuku - Harajuku plays a leading role in Japan's fascinating pop culture. In particular, Takeshita dori Street serves as the epicenter of KAWAII culture. The street is lined with unique shops selling miscellaneous goods and novelties, clothing, and sweets just to name just a few! Takeshita dori Street is right near JR Harajuku Station.
3. Ryoguku Kokugikan (Sumo competition) - When you come to Japan, please try watching sumo, Japan's national sport! At Tokyo's Ryogoku Kokugikan, sumo tournaments are held in January, May and September. Also, on the stadium's first floor, there's a Sumo Museum where visitors can learn more about the sport. Ryogoku Kokugikan is 1 minute on foot from Ryogoku Station (JR Sobu Line).
About 20 minutes by train
Tokyo Station, which underwent repairs in 2012 to restore its original appearance, is best seen from the Marunouchi Exit side. Many of the neighboring buildings have roof-top observation areas. Try taking a look at the station from high above if you have time before getting on the shinkansen.
Access: For those riding the shinkansen, using Tokyo Station's Yaesu Entrance is most convenient.
1 hour 30 minutes by shinkansen
Hamamatsu City is often called "music town," and JR Hamamatsu Station serves as its hub. Inside the station, there are exhibits by two famous local companies, YAMAHA and KAWAI. Next time you pass through the station, be sure not to miss these displays! In the Hamamatsu Station area there are many restaurants and shopping outlets, including May One, which is directly connected with the station.
Complimentary Shuttle Bus
Just under 1 hour by bus
The Kanzanji area, a short distance from the hustle and bustle of the city center, offers hot springs, gourmet food, and beautiful scenery! There are also many highlights close to the hotels and ryokan, so by all means, go for a leisurely stroll nearby. Enjoy some relaxing, quality time and relieve your travel fatigue.
Atago Shrine - This shrine sits adjacent to Kanzanji Temple and enshrines the god of fire.
Kanzan Observation Deck - From this observation deck, visitors get a scenic view of large Lake Hamanako down below. When visiting the Kanzanji area, be sure to stop in at both of these spots.
2 minutes walk
Unagi (eel) is a specialty product of Hamamatsu. In fact when people hear of Hamamatsu, they often associate it with unagi. The Kanzanji area is also lined with many long standing unagi restaurants. If you've made the effort to come all the way to Hamamatsu, then by all means please try eating this local specialty!
Kanzanji Onsen Bus Stop-Owaricho Bus Stop
40 minutes by bus
Yamaha is a company that continues to generate innovative technology and products by making the most of its technical know-how and sensitivities cultivated in the world of sound and music. This corporate museum, built in Hamamatsu in 2018, highlights Yamaha's 130-year history. By tracing the footsteps of Yamaha's journey, visitors will come away with a better understanding of the challenges that were overcome and also what direction the company is taking today and for the future. Many precious exhibits are displayed, including organs and pianos designed by Yamaha's founder, Torakusu Yamaha.
Hachiman Station (Enshu Railway)-Daiichi Dori Station
10 minutes by train
If you've done a lot of walking, then take a relaxing break at a cafe. Near Daiichi Dori Station there are plenty of cafes where you can stop and take a rest!
7 minutes walk
A department store located right in front of Hamamatsu Station. It handles a wide range of products, from brand items to goods made locally.
60 minutes by bus
The Kanzanji area, just outside the city center, offers hot springs, gourmet, and beautiful scenery! There are also many highlights close to the hotels and ryokans, so by all means please go for a leisurely stroll nearby. Please enjoy some relaxing, quality time and relieve your travel fatigue.
90 minutes by shinkansen
In Kyoto, Japan's ancient capital, lots of old, traditional scenery and culture still remain. Try on a kimono and go for a stroll in the nearby area.
Popular Sightseeing Spots:
Kiyomizudera Temple - When thinking of Kyoto highlights, Kiyomizudera Temple comes to mind. While the temple itself is very popular, even walking along the stone-paved approach to the temple, lined with shops selling novelties and souvenirs, is an enjoyable experience.
Fushimi Inari Shrine - Fushimi Inari Shrine, famous for its 1,000 torii gates, is popular with travelers around the world. It's well known as a shrine to the god of commerce.
Kiyomizudera Temple: 10 minutes by bus from JR Kyoto Station, then 15 minutes on foot.
Fushimi Inari Shrine: 5 minutes by JR Nara Line train departing from JR Kyoto Station.
25 - 50 minutes by train
Located near Kyoto, Osaka is Japan's second largest metropolis! It has a lively atmosphere that's slightly different from Tokyo and Hamamatsu, or even Kyoto.
Popular Sightseeing Spots:
Osaka Castle - Osaka Castle is a large-scale castle that not only has an impressive castle tower, but also a garden and cafe as well. It's also famous as a cherry blossom viewing spot in the spring. For visitors that have already seen Hamamatsu Castle, experiencing the differences between the two castles might also be an enjoyable experience!
Osaka Shinsekai - If you want to experience the atmosphere of Japan's ancient entertainment district, then this is the place for you! This is an enjoyable area lined with multicolored signs and interesting shops, all serving up a retro flavor. Before leaving, be sure to try some food unique to Osaka, such as takoyaki and okonomiyaki.
15 - 30 minutes by train