The Oku Lake Hamana Area (Hosoe, Flower viewing around Oku Hamanako, Inasa and Mikkabi) is called the “Backroom of Enshu”, offering good tours of famous temples, shrines, gardens and flowers. Visitors can also enjoy beautiful scenic spots, ancient promenades, and many kinds of fruit and mushroom picking.
The Sekisho (checkpoint) along Himekaido (Princess Road) was established by Tokugawa leyasu in 1601. The gate and the main building were restored in 1990. The existing part of the main building is designated as city government cultural asset.
Contact – Kiga Checkpoint
4577 Hosoe town (Hosoe-cho), Kiga, Kita ward (Kita-ku), Hamamatsu City (Hamamatsu-shi), Shizuoka Prefecture 431-1305, Japan Entrance: Adults ¥200, free for jr. high school students and younger Closed: Open throughout the year (may be closed during New Year’s holidays) Hour: 9:00-16:30 Tel: 053-523-2855
Hamamatsu City Himekaido and Dotaku Historical Tradition Museum
Dotaku, the bell-shaped bronze vessels of the Yayoi period, and materials and information from agriculture, fishery, and Himekaido Road and checkpoints from the Edo period are exhibited in this museum.
The stone pavement still remains on Himekai-do, making us think of olden days.
Contact – Hamamatsu City Himekaido and Dotaku Historical Tradition Museum 1015-1 Hosoe town (Hosoe-cho), Kiga, Kita ward (Kita-ku), Hamamatsu City (Hamamatsu-shi), Shizuoka Prefecture 431-1305, Japan Entrance: Adults ¥150, high school students ¥100, free for jr. high school students and younger Closed: Mondays, days following national holidays, and Dec.29~Jan.3 Hour: 9:00-17:00 Tel: 053-523-1456
Hosoe Jinja Shrine
The Hosoe Shrine is very unique as it is dedicated to the deity of earthquakes. Feel the historical giant camphor tree. The Hosoe Shrine Gion Festival & Hosoe Yukata Festival is held around Hosoe Jinja Shrine on the third Saturday and Sunday of July each year.
Also See: Himesama Parade and Princess Parade in Hosoe http://www.japanguides.net/shizuoka/shizuoka-spring-festivals.html
Contact – Hosoe Jinja Shrine 996 Hosoe town (Hosoe-cho), Kiga, Hamamatsu, Kita Ward, Shizuoka Prefecture 431-1305, Japan Tel: 053-522-1857
Shosan Horinji Temple
This Chinese style temple, specific to the Obakushu Zen Sect, is a unique and valuable site. The Buddhist image-enshrined temple building and the Hojo style annex are both the government designated important cultural assets. Fucha Ryori, Zen vegetarian cuisine, is served at the Hojo house (reservations are necessary). This temple is one of the famous temples in the northern area of Lake Hamana.
Contact – Shosan Horinji Temple
65-2 Hosoe town (Hosoe-cho), Nakagawa, Kita ward (Kita-ku), Hamamatsu City (Hamamatsu-shi), Shizuoka Prefecture 431-1304, Japan Entrance: Adults ¥300, Jr. & high school students ¥150, free for elementary school students and younger Closed: Mondays, Tuesdays (except national holidays) Hour: 10:00~16:00 TEL/FAX: (053)542-1473
Hamanako Bicycle Touring Track and Camping
Cycling track along Red Rose Bike Bridge (Miwotsukushi Bridge) over Miyakoda River is in harmony with the natural beauty of Lake Hamana (Hamanako) – a harmony for cyclists.
Called “Yurin”, this well maintained bicycle track can be enjoyed by people of all ages. There are 7 bike terminals along the track where bicycles can be rented. Have fun!
“Miwotsukusi Bridge”, exclusively for cyclists use, is the symbol of this bicycle track and blends well with the nature of Oku Hamanako.
Rental fee: Adults ¥500, elementary school students and younger ¥300 Deposit: ¥1,000 (refunded if returned to the same terminal).
Kaikokan Terminal (Tel: 053-594-6624) Araimachi-Ekinishi Terminal (Tel: 053-594-5022) Bentenjima Beach Park Terminal (Tel: 053-596-4187) Nagisaen Terminal (Tel: 053-592-1525) Kanzanji Terminal (Tel: 053-487-0152) Kiga-Eki Terminal (Tel: 053-523-0157) Mikkabi-Eki Terminal (Tel: 053-525-0102)
Hamanako Bicycle Touring Track Website: http://hamanako-cycling-road.net/modules/road/content0002.html
Contact – Tokai Bilu Kanri Cultural Center 369 Hosoe town (Hosoe-cho), Kiga, Kita ward (Kita-ku), Hamamatsu City (Hamamatsu-shi), Shizuoka Prefecture 431-1305, Japan Tel: 053-523-3116 Fax: 053-523-3126
Tokai Bilu Kanri Cultural Center Website: http://miwotsukushi.birukan.jp/
Figure: Hosoe town (Hosoe-cho)
Transportation – Getting Around Hosoe town (Hosoe-cho) in Oku Lake Hamana Area of Hamamatsu [See Hosoe town (Hosoe-cho) Area Map Above]:
By Train: Tenryu Hamanako Line Kakegawa Station → Kiga Station (1hr. 30min.) Tenryu Hamanako Line Shinjohara Station → Kiga station (40min.)
Hamamatsu Station Bus Terminal No. 15 “Kiga, Mikkabi Iki” (50min.)
– Take a Miyakoda line bus bound for “Fruit Park” at Gate #16 at JR Hamamatsu Station Bus Terminal. Ride for about 60 minutes and get off at “Fruit Park”.
– Take the Enshu Railway Nishi-Kajima Line to the terminal “Nishikajima” station and change trains to the Tenryu Hamanako Railroad line bound for “Shinjohara”. After about 11 minutes’ ride, get off at “Fruit Park” and walk 8 minutes to the north.
Hosoe town (Hosoe-cho) Tourism Contact:
Hosoe town (Hosoe-cho) Tourism Organization 268 Hosoe town (Hosoe-cho) Kiga, Hamamatsu, Kita Ward, Shizuoka Prefecture 431-1305, Japan Tel: 053-523-3336
Lake Hamana Chamber of Commerce, Hosoe Branch [Headquarter] 595-1 Hosoe town (Hosoe-cho) Kiga, Hamamatsu, Kita Ward, Shizuoka Prefecture 431-1305, Japan TEL: 053-523-0713, 053-527-2600 FAX: 053-523-0988