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A hotel in Hamamatsu is an establishment that provides lodging paid on a short-term basis. Facilities provided may range from a basic bed and storage for clothing, to luxury features like en-suite bathrooms. Larger in Hamamatsu hotels may provide additional guest facilities such as a swimming pool, business centre, childcare, conference facilities and social function services. Hotel rooms in Hamamatsu are usually numbered (or named in some smaller hotels and B&Bs) to allow guests to identify their room. Some Hamamatsu hotels offer meals as part of a room and board arrangement. Hotel operations vary in size, function, and cost. Most Hamamatsu hotels and major hospitality companies that operate hotels in Hamamatsu have set widely accepted industry standards to classify hotel types. General categories include the following:

Upscale luxury hotels in Hamamatsu
An upscale full service hotel facility in Hamamatsu that offers luxury amenities, full service accommodations, on-site full service restaurant(s), and the highest level of personalized and professional service. Luxury Hamamatsu hotels are normally classified with at least a Four Diamond or Five Diamond status or a Four or Five Star rating depending on classification standards.

Full service hotels in Hamamatsu
Full service Hamamatsu hotels often contain upscale full-service facilities with a large volume of full service accommodations, on-site full service restaurant(s), and a variety of on-site amenities such as swimming pools, a health club, children's activities, ballrooms, on-site conference facilities, etc.

Historic inns and boutique hotels in Hamamatsu
Boutique hotels of Hamamatsu are smaller independent non-branded hotels that often contain upscale facilities of varying size in unique or intimate settings with full service accommodations. Hamamatsu boutique hotels are generally 100 rooms or less. Some historic inns and boutique hotels in Hamamatsu may be classified as luxury hotels.

Focused or select service hotels in Hamamatsu
Small to medium-sized hotel establishments that offer a limited amount of on-site amenities that only cater and market to a specific demographic of Hamamatsu travelers, such as the single business traveler. Most Hamamatsu focused or select service hotels may still offer full service accommodations but may lack leisure amenities such as an on-site restaurant or a swimming pool.

Economy and limited service hotels in Hamamatsu
Small to medium-sized Hamamatsu hotel establishments that offer a very limited amount of on-site amenities and often only offer basic accommodations with little to no services, these facilities normally only cater and market to a specific demographic of travelers, such as the budget-minded Hamamatsu traveler seeking a "no frills" accommodation. Limited service Hamamatsu hotels often lack an on-site restaurant but in return may offer a limited complimentary food and beverage amenity such as on-site continental breakfast service.

Guest houses and B&Bs in Hamamatsu
A bed and breakfast in Hamamatsu is a small lodging establishment that offers overnight accommodation and inclusive breakfast. Usually, Hamamatsu bed and breakfasts are private homes or family homes offering accommodations. The typical Hamamatsu B&B has between 4 and 11 rooms, with 6 being the average. Generally, guests are accommodated in private bedrooms with private bathrooms, or in a suite of rooms including an en suite bathroom. Some homes have private bedrooms with a bathroom which is shared with other guests. Breakfast is served in the bedroom, a dining room, or the host's kitchen. Often the owners of guest house themselves prepare the breakfast and clean the rooms.

Hostels in Hamamatsu
Hamamatsu hostels provide budget-oriented, sociable accommodation where guests can rent a bed, usually a bunk bed, in a dormitory and share a bathroom, lounge, and sometimes a kitchen. Rooms can be mixed or single-sex, although private rooms may also be available. Hostels are often cheaper for both the operator and occupants; many Hamamatsu hostels have long-term residents whom they employ as desk agents or housekeeping staff in exchange for experience or discounted accommodation.

Apartment hotels, extended stay hotels in Hamamatsu
Extended stay hotels are small to medium-sized Hamamatsu hotels that offer longer term full service accommodations compared to a traditional hotel. Extended stay hotels may offer non-traditional pricing methods such as a weekly rate that cater towards travelers in need of short-term accommodations for an extended period of time. Similar to limited and select service hotels, on-site amenities are normally limited and most extended stay hotels in Hamamatsu lack an on-site restaurant.

Timeshare and destination clubs in Hamamatsu
Hamamatsu timeshare and destination clubs are a form of property ownership also referred to as a vacation ownership involving the purchase and ownership of an individual unit of accommodation for seasonal usage during a specified period of time. Timeshare resorts in Hamamatsu often offer amenities similar that of a Full service hotel with on-site restaurant(s), swimming pools, recreation grounds, and other leisure-oriented amenities. Destination clubs of Hamamatsu on the other hand may offer more exclusive private accommodations such as private houses in a neighborhood-style setting.

Motels in Hamamatsu
A Hamamatsu motel is a small-sized low-rise lodging establishment similar to that of a limited service hotel, but with direct access to individual rooms from the car park. Common during the 1950s and 1960s, motels were often located adjacent to a major road, where they were built on inexpensive land at the edge of towns or along stretches of highways. They are still useful in less populated areas of Hamamatsu for driving travelers, but the more populated an area becomes the more hotels fill the need. Many of Hamamatsu motels which remain in operation have joined national franchise chains, rebranding themselves as hotels, inns or lodges.

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Designated city
From top left:Act City Hamamatsu, Akihasan Hongū Akiha Jinja, Enshu Railway Line, Hamamatsu Castle, Hamana Ōhasi
From top left:Act City Hamamatsu, Akihasan Hongū Akiha Jinja, Enshu Railway Line, Hamamatsu Castle, Hamana Ōhasi
Flag of Hamamatsu
Official seal of Hamamatsu
Nickname(s): "City of Music"
Location of Hamamatsu in Shizuoka Prefecture
Location of Hamamatsu in Shizuoka Prefecture
Hamamatsu is located in Japan
Coordinates:  / 34.71083; 137.72750  / 34.71083; 137.72750
Country Japan
Region Chūbu (Tōkai)
Prefecture Shizuoka Prefecture
• Mayor Yasutomo Suzuki
• Total 1,558.06 km (601.57 sq mi)
Population (September 1, 2015)
• Total 789,407
• Density 507/km (1,310/sq mi)
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
• Tree Pine
• Flower Mikan
• Bird Japanese bush warbler
Phone number 53-457-2111
Address 103-2 Motoshiro-chō, Naka-ku, Hamamatsu-shi, Shizuoka-ken 430-8652
Website www.city.hamamatsu.shizuoka.jp
Wards of Hamamatsu

Hamamatsu (浜松市, Hamamatsu-shi, lit. "Coast Pine Tree") is a city located in western Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan.

As of September 1, 2015, the city had an estimated population of 789,407, making it the prefecture's largest city and a population density of 507 persons per km. The total area was 1,558.06 km (601.57 sq mi).

On July 1, 2005, Hamamatsu absorbed the cities of Tenryū and Hamakita, the town of Haruno (from Shūchi District), the towns of Hosoe, Inasa and Mikkabi (all from Inasa District), the towns of Misakubo and Sakuma, the village of Tatsuyama (all from Iwata District), and the towns of Maisaka and Yūtō (both from Hamana District) to become the current and expanded city of Hamamatsu. It became a city designated by government ordinance on April 1, 2007.

Hamamatsu: Geography

Hamamatsu is 260 kilometres (160 mi) southwest of Tokyo.

Hamamatsu consists of a flat plain and the Mikatahara Plateau in the south, and a mountainous area in the north. It is roughly bordered by Lake Hamana to the west, the Tenryū River to the east, and the Pacific Ocean to the south.

Hamamatsu: Neighboring municipalities

Shizuoka Prefecture

  • Iwata
  • Kosai
  • Shimada
  • Mori
  • Kawanehon

Aichi Prefecture

  • Toyohashi
  • Shinshiro
  • Tōei
  • Toyone

Nagano Prefecture

  • Iida
  • Tenryū

Hamamatsu: Wards

Part of Hamamatsu Skyline
A bird's-eye view of downtown Hamamatsu from the tallest building (Act Tower)

Hamamatsu is administratively divided into seven wards:

  • Hamakita-ku (浜北区)
  • Higashi-ku (東区)
  • Kita-ku (北区)
  • Minami-ku (南区)
  • Naka-ku (中区)-administrative center
  • Nishi-ku (西区)
  • Tenryū-ku (天竜区)

Hamamatsu: History

Hirokoji Street in the 1930s

The area now comprising Hamamatsu has been settled since prehistoric times, with numerous remains from the Jomon period and Kofun period having been discovered within the present city limits, including the Shijimizuka site shell mound and the Akamonue Kofun ancient tomb. In the Nara period, it became the capital of Tōtōmi Province. During the Sengoku period, Hamamatsu Castle was the home of future Shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu. Hamamatsu flourished during the Edo period under a succession of daimyō rulers as a castle town, and as a post town on the Tōkaidō. After the Meiji Restoration, Hamamatsu became a short-lived prefecture from 1871 to 1876, after which it was united with Shizuoka Prefecture. Hamamatsu Station opened on the Tōkaidō Main Line in 1889. The same year, in a cadastal reform of Japan, Hamamatsu became a town.

  • July 1, 1911: Hamamatsu is upgraded from a town to a city
  • 1918: Rice Riots of 1918 affect Hamamatsu
  • 1921: The village of Tenjinchō merges with Hamamatsu
  • 1926: Imperial Japanese Army Hamamatsu Air Base opens
  • 1933: Imperial Japanese Army Flight School opens
  • 1936: The villages of Hikuma and Fujizuka merge with Hamamatsu
  • December 7, 1944: Tonankai earthquake causes much damage
  • June 1945: Hamamatsu largely destroyed by US air raids
  • 1948: Hamamatsu Incident, ethnic rioting of Zainichi Korean residents.
  • 1951: The villages of Aratsu, Goto, and Kawarin merge with Hamamatsu
  • 1954: Eight villages in Hamana District merge with Hamamatsu
  • 1955: The village of Miyakoda merges with Hamamatsu
  • 1957: The village of Irino merges with Hamamatsu
  • 1960: The village of Seto merges with Hamamatsu
  • 1961: The village of Shinohara merges with Hamamatsu
  • 1965: The village of Shonai merges with Hamamatsu
  • May 1, 1990: Hamamatsu Arena opened
  • January 1, 1991: The village of Kami in Hamana District merges with Hamamatsu.
  • April 1, 1991: The first Hamamatsu International Piano Competition was held.
  • May 1, 1994: Act City Hamamatsu opened.
  • October 1, 1995: Hamamatsu Museum of Musical Instruments opened.
  • April 1, 1996: Hamamatsu is designated a core city by the central government.
  • June 1, 1996: Hamamatsu City Fruit Park opened.
  • January 1, 1997: Started separated collection of garbage in residential areas.
  • April 1, 1997: Hamamatsu is designated as an Omnibus Town.
  • April 1, 1998: Act City Musical School opened.
  • April 3, 2000: Shizuoka University of Art and Culture opened.
  • July 1, 2001: The city's 90th anniversary is commemorated
  • August 1, 2002: Launched the conference on Pan-Hamanako Designated City Simulation.
  • April 1, 2003: Shizuoka New Kawafuji National High School Competition was held.
  • June 1, 2003: Launched Tenryūgawa-Hamanako Region Merger Conference.
  • April 8 – October 11, 2004: Pacific Flora 2004 (Shizuoka International Garden and Horticulture Exhibition) was held at Hamanako Garden Park.
  • July 1, 2005: Hamamatsu absorbed the cities of Hamakita and Tenryū; the town of Haruno (from Shūchi District), the towns of Hosoe, Inasa and Mikkabi (all from Inasa District), the towns of Misakubo and Sakuma, the village of Tatsuyama (all from Iwata District), and the towns of Maisaka and Yūtō (both from Hamana District) were merged intoHamamatsu. Inasa District and Iwata District were both dissolved as a result of this merger. Therefore, there are no more villages left in Shizuoka Prefecture.
  • April 1, 2007: Hamamatsu became a city designated by government ordinance by the central government.

Hamamatsu: Climate

The climate in southern Hamamatsu is mild with little snowfall in the winter; however, it is windy in winter because of the dry monsoon called Enshū no Karakaze, which is unique to the region. The climate in northern Hamamatsu is much harsher because of foehn winds. In summers, the highest temperature often exceeds 35 degrees in the Tenryu-ku area, while it snows in winter.

Climate data for Hamamatsu, Shizuoka Averages (1981–2010), Records (1883–2012)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 20.7
Average high °C (°F) 10.1
Daily mean °C (°F) 5.9
Average low °C (°F) 2.5
Record low °C (°F) −6
Average precipitation mm (inches) 57.0
Average relative humidity (%) 58 57 60 65 71 78 80 77 75 70 66 61 68
Mean monthly sunshine hours 196.5 184.2 191.0 195.6 195.8 148.3 177.5 222.6 161.0 165.9 170.0 199.5 2,207.9
Source: JMA
View of Mt. Fuji from Hamamatsu

Hamamatsu: Demographics

As of the 2008 Japanese census the total population was estimated to be 824,057. As of an unspecified year, 29,635 non-Japanese live in Hamamatsu.

As of 2008 the number of non-Japanese in Hamamatsu was 33,332, and by 2010 the number was about 30,000. The population of Nikkei foreigners increased after a 1990 change in Japanese immigration law allowed them to work in Japan. Many foreigners work in the manufacturing sector, taking temporary jobs in Honda, Suzuki, and Yamaha plants.

Since 1990 the number of non-Japanese children in Hamamatsu increased. Natsuko Fukue of The Japan Times wrote in 2010 that many foreign children have difficulty integrating to society in Hamamatsu because "Japanese and foreign communities live largely separate from one another."

Hamamatsu: Brazilians

Super Mercado Takara, a Brazilian supermarket

As of an unspecified period the city has 15,899 Brazilians, making up 60% of the foreign population. As of 2008 Brazilians were the majority of the foreigners in the city. Hamamatsu has the largest Brazilian Nikkei population of any Japanese city, but as of 2007 it is the city of Oizumi, Gunma which has the highest concentration of them. Toshiko Sugino (杉野 俊子 Sugino Toshiko) of the National Defense Academy of Japan wrote that people in Hamamatsu "are considered open-minded" to the ethnic diversity. The city has a lot of Portuguese signage. It includes a Brazilian school, and many businesses catering to Brazilians display Brazilian flags.

As of an unspecified year, there were 2,500 Brazilian residents under the age of 18, with 1,600 of them being under 15. As of that unspecified year, 500 Brazilian minors were not attending any educational institution.

The chairperson of the Hamamatsu NPO Network Center, Mitsue Inoue, stated in 2010 that "There are many Brazilian supermarkets and schools (in Hamamatsu), but Japanese living there don’t know that they exist."

Hamamatsu: Economy

A map showing Hamamatsu Metropolitan Employment Area.
Hamamatsu (near city hall)
Downtown Hamamatsu
Eel, for which Hamamatsu is famous

Hamamatsu has been famous as an industrial city, especially for musical instruments and motorcycles. It also has been known for fabric industry, but most of those companies and factories went out of business in the 1990s. As of 2010, Greater Hamamatsu, Hamamatsu Metropolitan Employment Area, has a GDP of US$54.3 billion.

Hamamatsu: Companies headquartered in Hamamatsu

  • Hamamatsu Photonics K.K.
  • Kawai Musical Instruments Mfg.
  • Roland Corporation
  • Suzuki Motor Co.
  • Tōkai Gakki (also known as Tokai Guitars Company Ltd.)
  • Yamaha Corporation

Hamamatsu: Companies founded in Hamamatsu

  • Honda Motor Co.

Hamamatsu: Transportation

Hamamatsu Station exterior
Hamamatsu Station interior

Hamamatsu: Railways

  • Central Japan Railway Company: Tōkaidō Shinkansen
    • Hamamatsu
  • Central Japan Railway Company: Tōkaidō Main Line
    • Tenryūgawa • Hamamatsu • Takatsuka • Maisaka • Bentenjima
  • Central Japan Railway Company: Iida Line
    • Izumma • Kamiichiba • Urakawa • Hayase • Shimokawai • Chūbu-Tenryū • Sakuma • Aizuki • Shironishi • Mukaichiba • Misakubo • Ōzore • Kowada
  • Enshū Railway: Enshū Railway Line
    • Shin-Hamamatsu • Dai-Ichi-dōri • Enshū-Byōin • Hachiman • Sukenobu • Enshū-Hikuma • Enshū-Kamijima • Jidōsha-Gakkō-Mae • Saginomiya • Sekishi • Enshū-Nishigasaki • Enshū-Komatsu • Hamakita • Misono-Chūō-kōen • Enshū-Kobayashi • Enshū-Shibamoto • Enshū-Gansuiji • Nishi-Kajima
  • Tenryū Hamanako Railroad: Tenryū Hamanako Line
    • Tenryū-Futamata • Futamata-Hommachi • Nishi-Kajima • Gansuiji • Miyaguchi • Fruit Park • Miyakoda • Hamamatsudaigakumae • Kanasashi • Kigakōkōmae • Kiga • Nishi-Kiga • Sunza • Hamanako-Sakume • Higashi-Tsuzuki • Tsuzuki • Mikkabi • Okuhamanako • Ona

Hamamatsu: Highways

  • Expressways
    • Tōmei Expressway (Hamamatsu interchange, Hamamatsu Nishi interchange, and Mikkabi interchange)
    • Shin-Tōmei Expressway
    • Sanen Nanshin Highway (under construction)
  • Bypasses
    • Hamamatsu Bypass
    • Hamana Bypass
  • National Highways
    • National Route 1
    • National Route 42
    • National Route 150
    • National Route 152
    • National Route 257
    • National Route 301
    • National Route 362
    • National Route 473

Hamamatsu: Airport

There are no civilian airports in Hamamatsu. Shizuoka Airport (  / 34.796111; 138.189444) is the closest, located 43 kilometres (27 mi) from Hamamatsu Station, between Makinohara and Shimada.

Chūbu Centrair International Airport in Aichi Prefecture, located about 87 kilometres (54 mi) west of the city, is the second closest.

Hamamatsu: Media

Hamamatsu: Radio stations

  • FM Haro! (JOZZ6AB FM, 76.1 MHz)
  • K-MIX (JOKU FM, 78.4 MHz)
  • NHK FM (JOPK FM, 82.1 MHz)
  • (in Portuguese) Radio Phoenix (internet)

Hamamatsu: Education

Hamamatsu: Colleges and universities

  • Hamamatsu Gakuin University
  • Hamamatsu University
  • Hamamatsu University School of Medicine
  • Seirei Christopher University
  • Shizuoka University (Faculty of Engineering and Faculty of Informatics)
  • Shizuoka University of Art and Culture

Hamamatsu: Primary and secondary schools

Hamamatsu Municipal Senior High School

Senior high schools operated by Shizuoka Prefecture:

  • Shizuoka Prefectural Hamamatsu North High School (静岡県立浜松北高等学校)
  • Shizuoka Prefectural Hamamatsu Nishi (West) Senior and Junior High Schools (静岡県立浜松西高等学校・中等部)
  • Shizuoka Prefectural Hamamatsu East High School (静岡県立浜松東高等学校)
  • Shizuoka Prefectural Hamamatsu South High School (静岡県立浜松南高等学校)
  • Shizuoka Prefectural Kiga High School (静岡県立気賀高等学校)
  • Shizuoka Prefectural Kohoku High School (静岡県立浜松湖東高等学校)
  • Shizuoka Prefectural Mikkabi High School (静岡県立三ヶ日高等学校)

There is one senior high school operated by the city government: Hamamatsu Municipal Senior High School

Elementary and junior high schools are operated by the city government. As of 2008, the city had 117 public elementary schools and 52 public junior high schools.

The city has the following Brazilian international schools:

  • Escola Brasil (former Escola Brasileira de Hamamatsu) - Primary and secondary school
  • Escola Alegria de Saber - Primary and secondary school
  • Escola Alcance - Primary school

It has one combined Peruvian school (ペルー学校) and Brazilian primary school, Mundo de Alegría.

The city formerly hosted other Brazilian schools, Colégio Pitágoras Brasil and Escola Cantinho Feliz.

The city includes a Brazilian curriculum, Portuguese-language private school, serving elementary school through senior high school. The school, which opened in 1996, is accredited in Brazil but not by Japanese authorities. As of an unspecified time period, the school had 100 students. The principal stated that he painted and remodeled the school facilities, a former dormitory used by a company.

Hamamatsu: Education of foreigners and Brazilians

As of May 1, 2009, the municipal elementary and junior high schools had 1,638 non-Japanese students. As of 2008, there were 932 Brazilians enrolled in Hamamatsu's municipal elementary and junior high schools: 646 Brazilians were enrolled in 61 public elementary schools, and 286 Brazilians were enrolled in 38 public junior high schools.

Within public schools Brazilian students have the same academic programs and take the same classes as Japanese nationals. Special teachers and assistants work with foreign students at municipal elementary and junior high schools with significant numbers of non-Japanese enrolled. In particular the schools use their part-time interpreters to assist Brazilian students. The interpreters are not formal teachers, yet Tsutsumi Angela Aparecida of Hamamatsu's Burajiru Fureai Kai wrote that "[t]heir assistance has become very useful". Toshiko Sugino of the National Defense Academy of Japan wrote that the municipal and prefectural schools in Hamamatsu "follow traditional views of education and enforce rigid school rules" despite the reputation of open-mindedness in the residents of Hamamatsu, causing some foreigners to send their non-Japanese children to foreign private schools.

As of 2008 many Brazilian parents have difficulty in deciding whether to send their children to Japanese schools or Brazilian schools, and it is common for Brazilian children attending Japanese schools to switch to a Brazilian school and vice versa. By 2010 many Brazilian parents had lost their jobs due to an economic decline, and many were unable to afford the Brazilian school annual tuitions of ¥30,000 to ¥40,000.

As of 2010 about 50% of Brazilians of high school age in Hamamatsu do not attend high school. The inability to afford high school and difficulty with Japanese resulted in lower high school attendance rates. Hamamatsu NPO Network Center has made efforts to increase school attendance.

In Hamamatsu volunteers and a non-profit organization have established Japanese-language classes and native language classes for foreign children.

Hamamatsu: Sports

Hamamatsu: Football

  • Honda F.C. which plays Japan Football League (third division) games at their own Miyakoda Soccer Stadium. Honda competed in the Japan Soccer League's First Division from 1981 to 1991, but chose to relegate itself and not compete in the professional divisions due to parent company Honda's choice to retain team ownership. Many Hamamatsu football fans prefer to follow Júbilo Iwata, across the Tenryu River in Iwata. Júbilo maintains a club shop within Hamamatsu.
  • Volare FC Hamamatsu, an autonomous club who competed in the Tokai Regional Football League Division 2 in 2011, flouted plans to either overtake Honda FC or merge with it, but it finished last in the Tokai League and was relegated. Hamamatsu University also keeps a team in the said division, but college teams cannot be promoted to the top three tiers.

Hamamatsu: Basketball

  • SAN-EN NeoPhoenix plays in the B.League, Japan's first division of professional basketball. The team plays its home games at the Toyohashi City General Gymnasium.

The Hamamatsu Arena was one of the host arenas of the 2006 FIBA World Championship.

Hamamatsu 3x3 FIBA: Placed Second at FIBA World Tour FInal in ABU Dhabi in 2016. (Bikramjit Gill, Inderbir Gill, Chiro Kheda)

Hamamatsu: Women's volleyball

Hamamatsu was one of the host cities of the official 2010 Women's Volleyball World Championship.

Hamamatsu: International relations

Hamamatsu has ratified Music Culture Exchange Treaty with the following cities (however, of the following Rochester is the only official sister city):

  • United States Rochester, New York, United States (since October 1, 1996)

Hamamatsu: Twin towns and sister cities

Hamamatsu is twinned with:

  • Poland Warsaw, Poland (since February 1, 1990)
  • United States Camas, Washington, United States (since September 1981)
  • United States Chehalis, Washington, United States (since October 1998)
  • United States Porterville, California, United States (since October 1981)
  • United States Rochester, New York, United States (since October 2006)

Hamamatsu: Local attractions

  • Act City Tower Observatory: Hamamatsu's only skyscraper, situated next to JR Hamamatsu Station, is a symbol of the city. It was designed to resemble a harmonica, a reminder that Hamamatsu is sometimes known as the "City of Music". The building houses shopping and a food court, the Okura Hotel, and an observatory on the 45th floor overlooking all of central Hamamatsu, even down to the sand dunes at the shore.
  • Chopin Monument This is a 1:1-scale replica of the famous Art Nouveau bronze statue of Chopin by the famed artist Wacław Szymanowski. The original is in Hamamatsu's sister city, Warsaw. 
  • Hamamatsu Castle: Hamamatsu Castle Park stretches from the modern city hall building to the north. The castle is located on a hill in the southeast corner of the park, near city hall. It was built by Tokugawa Ieyasu. His rule marks the beginning of the Edo Period. Tokugawa Ieyasu lived here from 1571 to 1588. There is a small museum inside, which houses some armor and other relics of the period, as well as a miniature model of how the city might have looked 400 years ago. North of the castle is a large park with a Japanese garden, a koi pond, a ceremonial teahouse, and some commons areas.
  • Nakatajima Sand Dunes: one of the three largest sand dune areas in Japan
  • Hamamatsu Flower Park
  • Hamamatsu Fruit Park
  • Hamamatsu Municipal Zoo
  • Iinoya-gū shrine
  • Hamamatsu Tōshō-gū shrine

Hamamatsu: Festivals

Hamamatsu: Akiha Fire Festival

Haruno, Tenryu-ku: December

Ever since long ago, Mount Akiha was believed to have supernatural powers to prevent fires. Bow and arrow, sword, and fire dances are performed at the Akiha Shrine. At the Akiha Temple, a firewalking ceremony is performed where both believers and spectators celebrate the festival.

Hamamatsu: Enshu Dainenbutsu

Saigagake Museum, Hamamatsu City: July 15

When a family commemorates the first Obon holidays after the death of a loved one, they may request that a dainenbutsu (Buddhist chanting ritual) be performed outside their house. This is one of the local performing arts of the region. The group always forms a procession in front of the house led by a person carrying a lantern and marches to the sound of flutes, Japanese drums and cymbals.

During Hamamatsu Festival

Hamamatsu: Hamamatsu Kite Festival

Naka-ku, Minami-ku, others: May

Hamamatsu Kite Festival is also called Hamamatsu Festival. Hamamatsu Kite Festival held from May 3 to May 5 each year, includes a Tako Gassen, or kite fight, and luxuriously decorated palace-like floats. The festival originated about 430 years ago, when the lord of Hamamatsu Castle celebrated the birth of his first son by flying kites. In the Meiji Era, the celebration of the birth of a first son by flying Hatsu Dako, or the first kite, became popular, and this tradition has survived in the form of Hamamatsu Kite Festival. During the nights of Hamamatsu Kite Festival, people parade downtown carrying over 70 yatai, or palace-lake floats, that are beautifully decorated while playing Japanese traditional festival music. The festival reaches its peak when groups representing the city's various districts compete by energetically marching through the downtown streets.

Hamamatsu: Hamakita Hiryu Festival

Hamakita-ku: June

This festival is held in honor of Ryujin, the god believed to be associated with the Tenryū River, and features a wide variety of events such as the Hamakita takoage (kite flying) event and the Hiryu himatsuri (flying dragon fire festival) which celebrates water, sound, and flame.

Hamamatsu: Hamamatsu International Piano Competition


This festival celebrates Hamamatsu's history as a city of musical instruments and music, and brings dozens of the best young pianists from all over the world. It has been held triennially since 1991 at the Act City Concert Hall and Main Hall.

Hamamatsu: Hamakita Manyo Festival

Hamakita-ku, Hamamatsu: October

This event takes place in Manyo-no-Mori Park to commemorate the Manyo Period and introduce its culture. As part of the festival, people reenact the ancient past by wearing traditional clothes from the Heian period and presenting Japanese poetry readings.

Hamamatsu: Inasa Puppet Festival

Inasa, Kita-ku: November

One of the few puppet festivals held in Japan, featuring 60 performances of about 30 plays by puppet masters from all over the country. The shows provide a full day of enjoyment for both children and adults.

Hamamatsu: Princess Road Festival

Hosoe, Kita-ku: April

This reenactment of a procession made by the princess in her palanquin along with her entourage of over 100 people including maids, samurai, and servants makes for a splendid scene beneath the cherry blossoms along the Toda River. In the Edo period, princesses enjoyed traveling this road which came to be known as a hime kaidō (princess road).

Hamamatsu: Samba Festival

The Hamamatsu Samba Festival is held in the city.

Hamamatsu: Shoryu Weeping Ume Blossom Festival

Inasa, Kita-ku: late February to late March

In Ryusui Garden there is a stream with seven small waterfalls and about 80 weeping ume trees pruned to give the appearance of dragons riding on clouds to the heavens. There are also 200 young trees planted along the mountainside.

Hamamatsu: Notable people

  • Hiroshi Amano, 2014 Nobel Prize in Physics winner
  • Haruhi Aiso, singer, songwriter
  • Barasui, manga artist
  • Yuri Chinen, JPop talent, singer
  • Yōsuke Fujigaya, professional football player
  • Yuji Fujimoto, politician
  • Ken Fujita, professional football player
  • Hironoshin Furuhashi, Olympic swimmer
  • Kazuhiro Furuhashi, anime movie director
  • Tatsuya Furuhashi, professional football player
  • Taketoshi Gotoh, professional baseball player
  • Akari Hibino, voice actress
  • Soichiro Honda, engineer, industrialist, founder of Honda Motor Company
  • Yusuke Inuzuka, professional football player
  • Yasuhide Ito, musician
  • Toshio Kakei, actor
  • Takeshi Kamo, Olympic football player
  • Yoko Kando, Olympic swimmer
  • Naoyuki Kato, illustrator
  • Genichi Kawakami, former president of Yamaha
  • Keisuke Kinoshita, movie director
  • Naoyuki Kinoshita, art historian
  • Sanae Kobayashi, voice actress
  • Shigetatsu Matsunaga, professional football player
  • Takuya Matsuura, professional football player
  • Kanako Momota, J-pop singer and leader of Momoiro Clover Z
  • Kiiti Morita, mathematician
  • Ken Namba, composer
  • Jiro Ono, renowned sushi chef
  • Yuki Oshitani, professional football player
  • Ken'ya Ōsumi, dancer
  • Keisuke Ota, professional football player
  • Yoshiaki Ota, professional football player
  • Kentaro Sato, composer
  • Shinichiro Sawai, movie director, screenwriter
  • Goro Shimura, mathematician
  • Ryu Shionoya, politician
  • Hideto Suzuki, professional football player
  • Koji Suzuki, science-fiction writer
  • Michio Suzuki, founder of Suzuki Motors
  • Yasutomo Suzuki, politician, mayor of Hamamatsu
  • Saya Takagi, actress
  • Kenjiro Takayanagi, engineer, pioneer in development of the television
  • Nobuhiro Takeda, professional football player
  • Kenji Tsuruta, manga artist
  • Kōji Tsuruta, actor
  • Azumi Uehara, Jpop singer
  • Hiromi Uehara, Jazz composer, pianist
  • Kosuke Yamamoto, professional football player
  • Masaaki Yanagishita, professional football player
  • Kisho Yano, professional football player

Hamamatsu: See also

  • Nikkei Brazilians at a Brazilian School in Japan

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