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A Special Itinerary to Fully Enjoy Hamamatsu and Lake Hamana

1 night, 2 days

  • Outdoor Activities

One of the best souvenirs in Japan, eel pie, was created here in Hamamatsu! This course is packed with the special charms of Hamamatsu, including exciting factory tours, historical castle, and gardens created by legendary gardeners.

Day 1

9:00

Hamamatsu Station

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.

10 Minutes by car

Day 1

9:20

Hamamatsu Castle

The castle is nicknamed the Shusse ("Success") Castle, since Tokugawa Ieyasu spent 17 years of his prime here. From late March, 360 cherry blossom trees are in full bloom and surround the main keep. Crowds continue to gather even in the evenings. It’s recommended to take a walk through the Japanese garden and enjoy the seasonal sights.

10 Minutes walk

Day 1

10:30

Shointei Teahouse

Shointei is an authentic teahouse located in a corner of Hamamatsu Castle Park. It was designed by Mr. Yoshio Taniguchi, a world-renowned architect. There is an artificial stream in the main Japanese garden where visitors can listen to the murmur of water among the rocks and cascade. An outdoor seating area is found in a garden that leads to the detached Hagian. Experience a tea ceremony within a serene space arranged with stone washbasins, garden lanterns, and stepping stones. Visitors can also enjoy a tea service while strolling around Hamamatsu Castle Park or along historical walking paths.

10 Minutes walk

Day 1

12:00

Hotel Concorde Hamamatsu

The theme of the guest rooms is European romance: a fusion of traditional aesthetics and sophistication. The rooms are chic and relaxing spaces with a design that’s brought together by a beige color scheme. The hotel’s north side offers a splendid panorama of the Southern Alps. The south side also gives an all-encompassing view of Hamamatsu Castle Park. Guests will be able to enjoy some relaxing private time. The popular breakfast buffet is where visitors can indulge in a tasty omelet that’s prepared right at their table.

40 Minutes by car

Day 1

13:45

Hamamatsu Flower Park

Hamamatsu Flower Park is a facility that holds floral exhibits and festivals. This beautiful park features flowers across all seasons, including cherry tree blossoms, roses, and the Japanese Iris. There's also a large greenhouse with seasonal exhibits, and a fountain show held every 30 minutes. The numerous shops, restaurants, and kid-friendly Flower Train (a locomotive-style tour bus) make it ideal for families to take a break.

10 Minutes by car

Day 1

15:15

Kanzanji Ropeway

Kanzanji Ropeway is the only cable car in Japan that travels over a lake. It connects Hamanako Palpal amusement park with the Mt. Okusa Observation Deck and the Hamanako Orgel (music box) Museum. From high above, passengers get a 360-degree view of Lake Hamanako and the surrounding scenery down below.

5 Minutes walk

Day 1

16:30

Kanzanji Onsen

Kanzanji Onsen opened in 1958. Since then, it has become well-known in Japan as Lake Hamanako's largest hot spring resort. The therapeutic hot spring waters are believed to be beneficial for various health problems, including neuralgia, muscle pain, stomach ailments, cold sensitivity, and fatigue. Some popular new spots are the foot bath (ashiyu), Ukimido Pavilion, and Kanzanji walking trails.

Day 2

9:00

Kanzanji Onsen

Kanzanji Onsen opened in 1958. Since then, it has become well-known in Japan as Lake Hamanako's largest hot spring resort. The therapeutic hot spring waters are believed to be beneficial for various health problems, including neuralgia, muscle pain, stomach ailments, cold sensitivity, and fatigue. Some popular new spots are the foot bath (ashiyu), Ukimido Pavilion, and Kanzanji walking trails.

5 Minutes by car

Day 2

9:10

Hamanako Cruise

We recommend the Hamanako Cruise for visitors looking to enjoy leisure time and Lake Hamanako's nature. The cruises range from 30 minutes to unlimited rides.

20 Minutes by car

Day 2

10:30

Unagi Pie Factory

Known for its unique name, Unagi Pie was created for families to enjoy this snack together in the evenings. Visitors can join a factory tour that explains the production process. At the cafe in the adjoining building, you can sample some of Shunkado's famous confectionery. There's also a shop selling Unagi Pie and other treats.

30 Minutes by car

Day 2

12:00

Unagi Fujita Hamamatsu Ekimae

This long-standing shop opened during the Meiji Period in 1892. Please enjoy our exquisite unaju, a lacquered box containing rice topped with broiled unagi (eel). The carefully selected eels are first slowly steamed. Then the chef dips them in a special secret sauce before carefully cooking each individually over a binchotan charcoal grill.

10 Minutes by car

Day 2

13:30

Ryotanji Temple

Ryotanji Temple was opened in 733 by the Japanese Buddhist priest Gyoki Bosatsu. There are many Important Cultural Properties, including the garden (designated a "Special Place of Scenic Beauty") designed by Kobori Enshu and the dragon sculpture carved by Hidari Jingoro. Ryotanji Temple served as a location for the NHK TV drama series "Naotora: The Lady Warlord." It is also an ancestral temple (Bodaiji) that honors 40 generations of the Ii family, including Lord Naosuke. This famous temple is one of five that make up the Kohoku Gozan (Five Temples North of the Lake).

15 Minutes by car

Day 2

14:45

Ryugashido Cavern

This is one of the largest limestone caves in the Tokai Region. The mysterious underground cavern was formed some 250 million years ago. The total length spans 1,000 meters (400 meters is open to the public). Amidst its mysteries, you will feel in awe of the scale of Mother Nature.

20 Minutes by car

Day 2

16:00

Hananomai Brewing Co., Ltd.

A chief brewer and brewery staff utilize local rice and water for sake production. Visitors can join a tour of the production process of locally brewed sake. The fermented beverage is made using locally sourced ingredients, traditional brewing techniques, and fresh sensibility.

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