5 WAYS TO ENJOY LAKE HAMANA

Lake Hamana is full of surprises and attractions – here are 5 ways to enjoy Lake Hamana and great reasons to add it to your Shizuoka adventure.

5 HIGHLIGHTS OF LAKE HAMANA

Lake Hamana is a large brackish lake just West of Hamamatsu City that is a popular destination for many of the locals due to the large array of activities and attractions in the area.

1. WATER SPORTS & ACTIVITIES

Most of the attractions and activities around the Lake understandably are linked to the water.

Fishing, kayaking, wind surfing and wake boarding are all popular activities on the lake.

Off the water cycling, hiking and paragliding are popular attractions for the more active types whilst flower gardens, onsen resorts and temples are big attractions for those looking for a more relaxed holiday.

2. NIGHT SPEARFISHING

If you are looking for a truly unique experience while you are in Japan don’t miss the Takiya-Ryo Night Spearfishing experience on Lake Hamana.

Setting out from the local boat dock at dusk the experience starts with a short cruise out to the lake enjoying the sunset from the water.

For about 2 hours the boat cruises around the shallows of the lake and using 8-foot long traditional trident-like spears to spike a wide variety of sea creatures – fish, crab and shrimp if they are in season.

3. KANZANJI TEMPLE & ONSEN

Kanzanji Temple shares its origins with Shuzenji in Izu Peninsula as it is said to have been established by the famous Zen Buddhist Monk Kobo Daishi. 

The hot springs were drilled in the 1950s and the area quickly established itself as a onsen destination with many large resort hotels and ryokan being built.  

The Kanzanji Onsen area is compact and offers many interesting attractions, restaurants and hot springs that offer spectacular views of the lake.

HAMAMATSU STATION

Hamamatsu is for artisans, musicians, craftsman, tinkerers and people who like to dig a little deeper to discover the hidden jems – and for anyone who likes gyoza.

ENERGIZE

If you are looking to get outdoors and get active the Hamamatsu area has a lot of great options. Grab a rental bike from The Gate Information Center and cruise around the city, head to Lake Hamana and get out on the water or head for the hills and check out some of the great hiking and cycling options.

FOOD & DRINK

Hamamatsu City is famous throughout Japan for its Gyoza (pan-fried Japanese dumpling). Try your hand at making your own Soy Sauce at a 100 year old 'Shoyu' factory and take it with you to learn how to make your own handmade gyoza then pair it with some of the locally made award winning Sake - DETAILS.

REFRESH

If you are looking for something a little more relaxing the Hot Springs in Kanzanji overlooking Lake Hamana have been soothing weary travellers for centuries.

Or visit the Yamaha Innovation Road, Suzuki Plaza or Museum of Musical Instruments to be inspired or try your hand at traditional Japanese tie dye or drum making for mental stimulation.

CHECK MT FUJI TRAVEL FOR EXPERIENCES AND ACTIVITIES EASILY ACCESSIBLE FROM HAMAMATSU STATION

4. LOCAL DINING

Lake Hamana is also famous for its food – eel and oysters are particularly popular in the area.

The rivers flowing into the lake bring nutrients that mix with the water from the nearby ocean to provide an abundance of seafood.

The warm climate is perfect for growing fruit such as mandarins and strawberries.

5. BOATRACE HAMANAKO

If you are looking for a bit of excitement and something that is uniquely Japanese the local BoatRace in Hamanako is a great place to spend a couple of hours.

Boat Race Hamanako has a special introductory experience available to help visitors make bets on the races and enjoy their time.

Check out our Model Course for more details.

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