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Let’s Enjoy Hamamatsu!! Hamamatsu City


I went Hamamatsu city and lake Hamanako, Shizuoka prefecture, Japan between July 18th-20th 2015 with my friends.

So I introduce Hamamatsu and Lake Hamanako.
1st article is about Hamamatsu city.

Here is Hamamatsu station. I went Hamamatsu by car.
But Shinkansen is passing through. So access is very good.
Here is located center of Tokyo and Osaka.

Hamamatsu Station, Hamamatsu City, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan
Hamamatsu Station, Hamamatsu City, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan

This is a character of Hamamatsu city. Its name is Shusse-daimyo Ieyasukun.

Hamamatsu City, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan
Hamamatsu City, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan

It comes from Tokugawa Ieyasu(1543-1616). He became founder and first shogun of Edo Bakufu in 1601.
He built Hamamatsu castle in 1570 and stayed here until 1586. Many important battle was held during this period.
He finally succeeded. So Hamamatsu is called city of successful career. Actually,many companies have succeeded here.
For example Yamaha(car,bike,musical instruments),Honda(car,bike),Suzuki(car,bike).
They are now global companies.

Here is Hamamatsu castle.

Hamamatsu Castle, Hamamatsu City, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan
Hamamatsu Castle, Hamamatsu City, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan

And this is a statue of Ieyasu Tokugawa.

Hamamatsu Castle, Hamamatsu City, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan
Hamamatsu Castle, Hamamatsu City, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan

Stone wall is from about 400 years ago. So please don’t touch.

Hamamatsu Castle, Hamamatsu City, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan
Hamamatsu Castle, Hamamatsu City, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan

Another angle.

Hamamatsu Castle, Hamamatsu City, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan
Hamamatsu Castle, Hamamatsu City, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan

It was cloudy, I tried HDR to make dramatic image.

Hamamatsu Castle, Hamamatsu City, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan
Hamamatsu Castle, Hamamatsu City, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan
Hamamatsu Castle, Hamamatsu City, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan
Hamamatsu Castle, Hamamatsu City, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan

Close up of stone wall.

Hamamatsu Castle, Hamamatsu City, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan
Hamamatsu Castle, Hamamatsu City, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan
Hamamatsu Castle, Hamamatsu City, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan
Hamamatsu Castle, Hamamatsu City, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan

Here can enter top of the castle.
This day was cloudy. I could not take good picture.

Hamamatsu Castle, Hamamatsu City, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan
Hamamatsu Castle, Hamamatsu City, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan

Entrance Fee
200 yen(Adult)
Under 15(junior high school student) is free.

Hamamatsu Castle (Japanese)

Around castle is beautiful park.There are full of nature.

Hamamatsu Castle Park, Hamamatsu City, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan
Hamamatsu Castle Park, Hamamatsu City, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan
Hamamatsu Castle Park, Hamamatsu City, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan
Hamamatsu Castle Park, Hamamatsu City, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan
Hamamatsu Castle Park, Hamamatsu City, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan
Hamamatsu Castle Park, Hamamatsu City, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan

This is pine tree which is said that Ieyasu Tokunaga put his armor.

Hamamatsu Castle Park, Hamamatsu City, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan
Hamamatsu Castle Park, Hamamatsu City, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan

There are many places related to Ieyasu Tokugawa in Hamamatsu.
Ieyasu Promenade(Japanese)

You know about history of hamamatsu.
How is Hamamatsu now? It’s big city. Let’s see general view of Hamamatsu.
This tall building is Act Tower. Visitors enjoy view from 185m high.

Act Tower,Hamamatsu City, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan
Act Tower,Hamamatsu City, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan

Shinkansen is cominng!
Sea over there is Pacific Ocean. This area is especially called Enshunada.

General View of Hamamatsu City, View from Act Tower,Hamamatsu City, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan
General View of Hamamatsu City, View from Act Tower,Hamamatsu City, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan
General View of Hamamatsu City, View from Act Tower,Hamamatsu City, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan
General View of Hamamatsu City, View from Act Tower,Hamamatsu City, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan

Opposite side. Forest of buildings.

General View of Hamamatsu City, View from Act Tower,Hamamatsu City, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan
General View of Hamamatsu City, View from Act Tower,Hamamatsu City, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan
General View of Hamamatsu City, View from Act Tower,Hamamatsu City, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan
General View of Hamamatsu City, View from Act Tower,Hamamatsu City, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan
General View of Hamamatsu City, View from Act Tower,Hamamatsu City, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan
General View of Hamamatsu City, View from Act Tower,Hamamatsu City, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan

Can you see hamamatsu Castle??

General View of Hamamatsu City, View from Act Tower,Hamamatsu City, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan
General View of Hamamatsu City, View from Act Tower,Hamamatsu City, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan

This is a Shizuoka University of Art and Culture. unique design.

General View of Hamamatsu City, View from Act Tower,Hamamatsu City, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan
General View of Hamamatsu City, View from Act Tower,Hamamatsu City, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan

Entrance fee
500 yen Adult (over 12 years old / Junior high school student)
300 yen Children (Under 12 years old / Elementary school student)

Sometimes here is closed because of occupation.
Please check calendar.
This calendar is Japanese.But red day is closed.

Act City

Hamamatsu city is cultural place. Especially about music.
Here are many musical instrument companies.
For example YAMAHA, KAWAI, Roland, BOSS.
So here is musical instruments museum.

This is exterior of Hamamatsu Museum of Musical Instruments.
Visitors can see various musical instruments from all over the world.
I introduce some rare musical instruments.

Hamamatsu Museum of Musical Instruments,Hamamatsu City, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan
Hamamatsu Museum of Musical Instruments,Hamamatsu City, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan

Japan.

Hamamatsu Museum of Musical Instruments,Hamamatsu City, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan
Hamamatsu Museum of Musical Instruments,Hamamatsu City, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan
Hamamatsu Museum of Musical Instruments,Hamamatsu City, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan
Hamamatsu Museum of Musical Instruments,Hamamatsu City, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan

Electronic technology.

Hamamatsu Museum of Musical Instruments,Hamamatsu City, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan
Hamamatsu Museum of Musical Instruments,Hamamatsu City, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan

China.

Hamamatsu Museum of Musical Instruments,Hamamatsu City, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan
Hamamatsu Museum of Musical Instruments,Hamamatsu City, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan

Vietnam.

Hamamatsu Museum of Musical Instruments,Hamamatsu City, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan
Hamamatsu Museum of Musical Instruments,Hamamatsu City, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan

Thailand.

Hamamatsu Museum of Musical Instruments,Hamamatsu City, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan
Hamamatsu Museum of Musical Instruments,Hamamatsu City, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan

Mongolia and Tibet.

Hamamatsu Museum of Musical Instruments,Hamamatsu City, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan
Hamamatsu Museum of Musical Instruments,Hamamatsu City, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan

Indonesia.

Hamamatsu Museum of Musical Instruments,Hamamatsu City, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan
Hamamatsu Museum of Musical Instruments,Hamamatsu City, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan

Europe.

Hamamatsu Museum of Musical Instruments,Hamamatsu City, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan
Hamamatsu Museum of Musical Instruments,Hamamatsu City, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan

Kenya.

Hamamatsu Museum of Musical Instruments,Hamamatsu City, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan
Hamamatsu Museum of Musical Instruments,Hamamatsu City, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan
Hamamatsu Museum of Musical Instruments,Hamamatsu City, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan
Hamamatsu Museum of Musical Instruments,Hamamatsu City, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan

Africa.

Hamamatsu Museum of Musical Instruments,Hamamatsu City, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan
Hamamatsu Museum of Musical Instruments,Hamamatsu City, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan

Papua New Guinea.

Hamamatsu Museum of Musical Instruments,Hamamatsu City, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan
Hamamatsu Museum of Musical Instruments,Hamamatsu City, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan

Australia.

Hamamatsu Museum of Musical Instruments,Hamamatsu City, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan
Hamamatsu Museum of Musical Instruments,Hamamatsu City, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan

Pianos.

Hamamatsu Museum of Musical Instruments,Hamamatsu City, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan
Hamamatsu Museum of Musical Instruments,Hamamatsu City, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan

Beautiful Harpsichord.

Hamamatsu Museum of Musical Instruments,Hamamatsu City, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan
Hamamatsu Museum of Musical Instruments,Hamamatsu City, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan

General view.

Hamamatsu Museum of Musical Instruments,Hamamatsu City, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan
Hamamatsu Museum of Musical Instruments,Hamamatsu City, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan

I couldn’t imagine how to play many of instrument.
In various area on the earth, people produced their own music and musical instruments.
I felt creativity of human being. Here is a cross culture great museum.

Entrance Fee
Adults : 400 yen
High School Students : 200yen
Under Junior High School Students, over 70 years old and Handicapped Persons : free
Taking photos inside museum is OK.(No flash, No tripods.)

Hamamatsu Museum of Musical Instruments (English)

I think Hamamastu is cross culture city.
In Edo period,Ieyasu Tokugawa made 5 main roads. One of them is Tokaido road.
Tokaido tied Edo(now Tokyo) and Kyoto. Hamamatsu was located middle of it. Many people and culture must have passed through Hamamatsu.
Hamamatsu people might have touched both east(Edo) and west(Kyoto,Osaka) culture.
So Hamamatsu must have been familiar with mixed culture.

Now Hamamatsu have many factories of large companies.
Many workers from foreign countries are working there.
I have heard that there are many Brazilian people in Hamamatsu, and there are store for them.
So to visit that store is my main purpose of this travel.
We asked tourist information in Hamamatsu station, and went there.

Here is a store “SERVITU”.

Brazil and Ethnic store, Hamamatsu City, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan
Brazil and Ethnic store, Hamamatsu City, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan

Staffs were so nice and I could interior photos.
Many Portuguese and foreign foods.

Brazil and Ethnic store, Hamamatsu City, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan
Brazil and Ethnic store, Hamamatsu City, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan
Brazil and Ethnic store, Hamamatsu City, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan
Brazil and Ethnic store, Hamamatsu City, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan
Brazil and Ethnic store, Hamamatsu City, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan
Brazil and Ethnic store, Hamamatsu City, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan

Beans are often used for Brazilian meal for example Feijoada. Various kinds of beans.

Brazil and Ethnic store, Hamamatsu City, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan
Brazil and Ethnic store, Hamamatsu City, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan

Staff said that recently Asian people are increasing in Hamamatsu.
So there were also Asian foods.

Vietnam shelf.

Brazil and Ethnic store, Hamamatsu City, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan
Brazil and Ethnic store, Hamamatsu City, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan

Indonesia shelf.

Brazil and Ethnic store, Hamamatsu City, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan
Brazil and Ethnic store, Hamamatsu City, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan

There are also HALAL product. Maybe here comes many Muslim people.
In Japan, stores which deal with HALAL product is few. So this store will be helpful for Muslim people in Japan.

Brazil and Ethnic store, Hamamatsu City, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan
Brazil and Ethnic store, Hamamatsu City, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan
Brazil and Ethnic store, Hamamatsu City, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan
Brazil and Ethnic store, Hamamatsu City, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan

Brazilian bread is famous product.

Brazil and Ethnic store, Hamamatsu City, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan
Brazil and Ethnic store, Hamamatsu City, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan

There are also Brazilian restaurant.
These were delicious.

Brazil and Ethnic store, Hamamatsu City, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan
Brazil and Ethnic store, Hamamatsu City, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan

Because many Japanese Brazilians come here, there are some Japanese foods like Umeboshi(Above left).

Brazil and Ethnic store, Hamamatsu City, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan
Brazil and Ethnic store, Hamamatsu City, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan

I ate these meal and many deserts. Pudding was really tasty! But I forgot to take that photo!

Brazil and Ethnic store, Hamamatsu City, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan
Brazil and Ethnic store, Hamamatsu City, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan

Now Japan has so many foreign traveler. The number of foreign traveler is increasing quickly.
We need diversity like Hamamatsu. We will have to learn from Hamamatsu the way live in cross culture.

SERVITU (Japanese)

When it comes to food,Hamamatsu is famous for 餃子(Gyoza means Dumplings).
Hamamatsu are competing with Utsunomiya city about consumption of Gyoza.

Gyoza Restaurant, Hamamatsu City, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan
Gyoza Restaurant, Hamamatsu City, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan

We went famous Gyoza restaurant. Here is “Mutsugiku”. There were long line!

Gyoza Restaurant, Hamamatsu City, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan
Gyoza Restaurant, Hamamatsu City, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan

This is Gyoza. Soft and simple taste. I prefer juicy one…

Gyoza Restaurant, Hamamatsu City, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan
Gyoza Restaurant, Hamamatsu City, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan

After back to hotel, I went city again to take night scene.
This is Tokaido. Huge traffic.

Hamamatsu City, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan
Hamamatsu City, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan

I found Spiral staircase by chance.
Mysterious view.

Hamamatsu City, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan
Hamamatsu City, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan
Hamamatsu City, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan
Hamamatsu City, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan

Spiral staircase is over there. When I was taking this photo, heavy rain began. I stopped shooting.I think there are many photogenic places in Hamamatsu!

Hamamatsu City, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan
Hamamatsu City, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan

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