Spotlight – HAMAMATSU CITY

Hamamatsu City has a long and storied history of craftsmanship, entrepreneurial spirit, innovation and tradition that make it a fascinating place to visit. 

A CITY OF CRAFTSMEN

Traditional Crafts, Museum of Musical Instruments, Yamaha Innovation Road, Suzuki Plaza and Honda Soichiro Craftsmanship Center

Hamamatsu City is well known worldwide as the factory hometown for many famous brands like Yamaha, Suzuki, Honda, Kawai, and Roland.

The city’s positive spirit of “Yaramaika” (“let’s give it a try” in the local dialect) has helped foster creativity and innovation as they actively embrace new challenges to keep moving forward.

Today visitors to Hamamatsu City can experience local craftsmanship and traditional skills that have been passed down through generations which encapsulate the entrepreneurial spirit and manufacturing prowess the people of Hamamatsu still pride themselves on.

From traditional crafts to modern technology, Hamamatsu still produces everything from taiko drums, harmonica, hand-dyed ‘tenugui‘ towels, and soy sauce.

THE SOUND OF MUSIC

Hamamatsu City is often called a town of “monozukuri” (creative manufacturing) and is renown as a town of music hailing back to it’s cultural history of producing some of the best world-class musical instruments.

In testament to its musical roots, Hamamatsu City have actively organized musical events such as the Hamamatsu International Piano Competition, leading the city to become recognized at the forefront of Japan’s musical aspirations.

To appreciate Hamamatsu City’s love of music stop in at the Museum of Musical Instruments, visit the fantastic Yamaha Innovation Road, take a tour of the Yamaha Piano Factory, or visit a local Japanese drum maker or Showa Musical Instrument Factory and meet a master harmonica maker.

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.

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A STORIED HISTORY OF CRAFTSMANSHIP

Hamamatsu City has a long and rich history of nurturing entrepreneurship and innovation headlined by The Big 3 – Yamaha, Honda and Suzuki.

TORAKUSU YAMAHA

Torakusu Yamaha established Nippon Gakki Co. Ltd (Gakki means instrument in Japanese) in Hamamatsu City in the late 1800s to produce pianos and reed organs.

 The company would later become Yamaha Corporation and split into Yamaha Music and Yamaha Motors and become one of the most recognised brands in the World.

Torakusu had an apprentice by the name of Koichi Kawai who eventually went on to found a company by the name of Kawai Musical Instruments. 

Today you can visit the Yamaha Innovation Road in Hamamatsu City to learn more about the company and its progression from reed organs to DJ mixing desks, to electronic violins, and more.

Although it is in neighboring Kakegawa for piano lovers a tour of the Yamaha Piano Factory will give you insights, and a new level of appreciation of the craftsmanship that goes into every Yamaha piano.

HONDA SOICHIRO

Born in a small village in the outskirts of Hamamatsu City in 1906 Honda Soichiro became fascinated when he first saw a motorized vehicle at the age of 8 years old.

He set up an auto repair shop in Hamamatsu in his early 20s and gained a reputation for his craftsmanship and abilities – nearly 100 years later the company that bears his name is one of the biggest automakers in the World – Visit the HONDA SOICHIRO CRAFTSMANSHIP CENTER.

 MICHIO SUZUKI

The Suzuki Loom Works company was established in 1909 by Hamamatsu local Michio Suzuki to build weaving looms for the Japanese silk industry.

After 30 years of innovation and pioneering of the weaving machine business, Michio turned his craftsmanship talents to the burgeoning motor vehicle industry no doubt inspired by what Soichiro Honda had achieved.

Nearly 100 years later this iconic Hamamatsu-born company, just like Yamaha and Honda, through innovation and a focus on craftsmanship, is still going strong and you can visit the Suzuki Plaza in Hamamatsu City to learn more.

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