What kind of city is Hamamatsu City?
If you live in Japan, it may be a city that you have passed through once in the east-west movement, or you have heard the name in national news.
“Hamamatsu City” is a city with a thriving industry and has flourished as a city of manufacturing. This “Dairy Hamamatsu” is an information portal site that summarizes the charm of Hamamatsu City!
▼▽ Hamamatsu City’s charm ▽▼
1. A town in the middle of Japan
“Hamamatsu City” is located in the center of Japan, between Tokyo and Osaka.
It is the largest ordinance-designated city in Shizuoka Prefecture with a population of approximately 800,000 (16th nationwide) and an area of 1,558.06 square kilometers (2nd nationwide).
Because it is easily accessible to domestic sightseeing spots, visitors from overseas can enjoy sightseeing in Japan based in Hamamatsu City.
Hamamatsu City is connected to major cities such as Tokyo, Nagoya and Osaka by the Tokaido Shinkansen and the Tomei and Shin-Tomei Expressways.
In addition, the Hikari train stops multiple times an hour.
The time required for the Shinkansen and highways is as follows.
|Name of a city||[Railway] JR Tokaido Shinkansen||[Road] Expressway|
|Tokyo||Hikari about 1 and a half hours||About 3.5 hours|
|Nagoya||Hikari about 30 minutes||About 1 hour|
|Osaka||Hikari about 1 and a half hours||About 3.5 hours|
Mt. Fuji Shizuoka Airport (Makinohara City, Shizuoka Prefecture) opened in June 2009, and the distance to Hokkaido and Kyushu has been shortened, while the flights to China and South Korea have improved.
In addition, there are direct buses from Hamamatsu to both Chubu Centrair International Airport (Centrair) and Mt. Fuji Shizuoka Airport, making it easy to access the airport.
|Domestic||Time required||Abroad||Time required|
|Sapporo (New Chitose)||About 1 hour 50 minutes||Soul||About 2 hours|
|Fukuoka||About 1 hour 35 minutes||Shanghai||About 2 hours 30 minutes|
|Kagoshima||About 1 hour 35 minutes||Tianjin||About 3 hours|
|Naha||About 2 hours 25 minutes||Taipei||About 3 hours 15 minutes|
Source：Hamamatsu City Hall Official Site｜https://www.city.hamamatsu.shizuoka.jp/yuchi/invite/location/location.html）
2. City of manufacturing
“Let’s try anything!”, “Let’s do it first” The spirit of “Yaramaika” takes root in Hamamatsu City.
The industrial history of Hamamatsu City began with cotton fabrics and lumber from the Edo period.
With the spirit of “Yaramaika”, the industry has progressed and excellent entrepreneurs and researchers have been born.
For the first time in Japan, Hamamatsu City produced light automobiles, motorcycles, pianos, electronic TVs, domestic production passenger aircraft, etc.
Large companies such as Suzuki, Yamaha, Honda, Kawai, Hamamatsu Photonics, Roland and F.C.C. are active on the world stage.
In Hamamatsu, there are large companies that are active on the world stage, such as Suzuki, Yamaha, Honda, Kawai, Hamamatsu Photonics, Roland, and FCC.
It is a town where small and medium-sized enterprises and venture companies gather.
（Source：Hamamatsu City Hall Official Site｜https://www.city.hamamatsu.shizuoka.jp/miryoku/jiman/monozukuri.html）
3. A historic town surrounded by nature
Speaking of Hamamatsu, many people think of “eel” and “Lake Hamana”.
Surrounded by the sea, lakes, mountains, rivers and nature, it has a wealth of historical heritage such as Hamamatsu Castle related to Ieyasu Tokugawa and industrial tourism facilities such as musical instruments and automobiles.
In Hamamatsu, various festivals are held throughout the year, such as the “Hamamatsu Festival”, “Himematsu Dochu”, and “Kandenji Fireworks Festival”.
In addition, you can enjoy various hot springs such as “Kanzanji Onsen”, “Bentenjima”, “Yuuto”, “Mikkabi” as a hot spring to soothe your travel fatigue.
（Source：Hamamatsu City Hall Official Site｜https://www.city.hamamatsu.shizuoka.jp/miryoku/jiman/kanko.html）
4. Town with abundant special products
Hamamatsu City is a vast city, surrounded by rivers, lakes, the sea, mountains and a rich natural environment.
In addition, since the sunshine hours are long and the climate is blessed, the town is rich in seafood, earthland products, and mountain products.
Hamamatsu’s representative seafood
・Lake Hamana Eel
・Enshu Nada Natural Japanese pufferfish
・Enshu Nada Shirasu
・Lake Hamanako Clams
Hamamatsu’s representative earthy food
・Hamamatsu tea and Enshuyama tea
Typical mountain blessings of Hamamatsu
locals’ favorite food
・Hamamatsu regional brand “Yaramaika Hamamatsu”
In addition to agricultural and marine products and local foods, the Hamamatsu Chamber of Commerce certifies new products such as Japanese and Western confectioneries, local sake, and traditional crafts such as textiles that are expected to grow further.
（Source：Hamamatsu City Hall Official Site｜https://www.city.hamamatsu.shizuoka.jp/miryoku/jiman/tokusanhin.html）
5. City of music
The symbol of Hamamatsu City, the “ACT TOWER”, was designed with the image of a harmonica.
World-famous musical instrument manufacturers such as Yamaha, Kawai, and Roland are located,and Hamamatsu carry out various music events and activities.
Holding global and national music business
・Hamamatsu International Piano Competition
・Shizuoka International Opera Competition
・Hamamatsu World Youth Chorus Festival
・Hamamatsu brass band competition
Rich music environment
・Act City Hamamatsu Main Hall
・Act City Hamamatsu Concert Hall
・Hamamatsu Museum of Musical Instruments
Music human resource development
・HAMAMATSU ACT CITY ACADEMY of MUSIC
・JUNIOR ORCHESTRA HAMAMATSU,JUNIOR CHOIR HAMAMATSU
Music event that citizens enjoy
・Sakuma International Exchange Music Guidance Course
・Hamamatsu Jazz Week
・Lake Hamana Folk Jamboree
・Yaramaika Music Festival in Hamamatsu
（Source：Hamamatsu City Hall Official Site｜https://www.city.hamamatsu.shizuoka.jp/miryoku/jiman/music.html）