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Omote (southern) Lake Hamana Area (Kanzanji, Yuto, Maisaka), blessed with the natural beauty of the Enshu Sea and Lake Hamana, is known as the entrance to Lake Hamana. In Kanzanji, Yuto, and Bentenjima Hot Springs there are many nice hotels and inns. The coast of Lake Hamana is known for its warm climate and abundant sunshine, ideal for mandarin orange cultivation. The flowers, grown mainly in Shonai and Kan-zanji on the shores of Lake Hamana, are sent all over the country from Kanto to Hokkaido.

Lake Hamana, where one can witness the scenic peaks of all four seasons as well as enjoy the fruits of the ocean, is one of the top resort spots in Japan. At the heart of this resort area is Kanzanji and Bentenjima. Whether yachting, sailing, fishing, or collecting shells, the appeal of this area never dwindles. At Kanzanji, there is a zoo, a flower park, an amusement park, a rope-way and many other attractions for family or group trips. In the summer it is an especially breathtaking sight to see the fireworks reflect off the lake’s surface. Thanks to the fantastic abundance of nature around Lake Hamana and the Enshu Coast, this area is full of parks and leisure facilities. Flower parks, theme parks, marine sports areas, as well as three different hot springs can all be found in the Omote Lake Hamana Area.

Kanzanji Hot Springs

kanzanji_hot_springs Kanzanji is famous nationwide as the biggest hot spring resort around Lake Hamana. The hot springs provide effective relief from muscular pain, poor blood circulation, and fatigue. The foot bath, Ukimido (summer house) observation deck, and Tateyama promenade are new popular spots at the hot springs.

Contact – Kanzanji Hot Spring Tourism Association

1832-1 Kanzanji-cho, Hamamatsu City (Hamamatsu-shi), Nishi Ward (Nishi-ku), Shizuoka Prefecture 431-1209, Japan TEL: 053-487-0152, 053-487-0056 [Reservation] FAX: 053-487-0862

Website: http://www.kanzanji.gr.jp/

Hamanako Garden Park

hamanako_garden_park People of all ages can enjoy this park, appreciating seasonal plants and flowers, playing with water, and having fun in the playground. In addition, you can see a full view of Lake Hamana from the observation tower.

Contact – Hamanako Garden Park

5475-1 Murakushi-cho, Hamamatsu City (Hamamatsu-shi), Nishi Ward (Nishi-ku), Shizuoka Prefecture 431-1207, Japan Entrance: Free Hour: 8:30-17:00 TEL: 053-488-1500 FAX: 053-488-0009

Website: http://hamanako-gardenpark.jp/

Hamamatsu Flower Park

hamamatsu_flower_park This flower park was renovated and now it offers wonders you cannot imagine. Be certain not to overlook the main greenhouse known as the “Crystal Palace.” Within the brightly lit facility you will find gardens and plants from around the world. You can also enjoy a lunch in the aroma of flowers at the main entrance. This is the venue of the Hamamatsu International Mosaiculture 2009. This theme park has an abundance of beautiful seasonal flowers, such as cherry blossoms, roses, and irises. The main attractions include a large greenhouse with seasonal feature exhibits, a flower train, fountain shows performed every 30 minutes, a restaurant, and a gift shop.

Contact – Hamamatsu Flower Park

195 Kanzanji-cho, Hamamatsu City (Hamamatsu-shi), Nishi Ward (Nishi-ku), Shizuoka Prefecture 431-1209, Japan Entrance: Adults ¥800, jr. high and elementary school students ¥350 Hour: 9:00-16:30 (from May to September,~17:00) [The hours and fees are different during the Hamamatsu International Mosaiculture.] Tel: 053-487-0511

Email: i…@e-flowerpark.com

Website: http://e-flowerpark.com/

Hamanako Sightseeing Boat

hamanako_sightseeing_boat With a circumference of 141 kilometers, Lake Hamana-ko is 6,880 hectares in area. The mixture of fresh water from the river and salt water from Enshu-nada Sea makes Lake Hamana-ko an unusually precious resource to raise various kinds of marine life. Oku-hamana-ko lakeside view is also accessible by pleasure boat. Passengers can enjoy cruising Lake Hamana leisurely and comfortably. Enjoy the 25-minute ride from Kanzanji to the Flower Park aboard Lake Hamanas only tourist pleasure cruise ship. You will certainly enjoy watching the scenery along the way. Sixty and thirty minute courses are offered. Nature Cruise tour also offered.

Contact –

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Kanzanji Harbor 2226-1 Kanzanji-cho, Hamamatsu City (Hamamatsu-shi), Nishi Ward (Nishi-ku), Shizuoka Prefecture 431-1209, Japan Fare: [60min. course] adults ¥1,150, children ¥580 [30min. course] adults ¥750, children ¥380 Closed: No set holidays Hour: 9:00— (depending on the season and course)

Tel: 053-487-0228 (Kanzanji Harbor)

Flower Park Port 3315 Kanzanji-cho, Hamamatsu City (Hamamatsu-shi), Nishi Ward (Nishi-ku), Shizuoka Prefecture 431-1209, Japan

Tel: 053-487-1036

Seto Harbor (Seto-Hamana Costa Port) 1899-5 Mikkabi town (Mikkabi-cho) Osaki, Hamamatsu City (Hamamatsu-shi), Kita ward (Kita-ku), Shizuoka Prefecture 431-1403, Japan

Tel: 053-526-7066

Hamanako Sightseeing Boat Tour Website: http://hamanako-yuransen.com/

Kanzanji Ropeway

kanzanji_ropeway The ropeway over Lake Hamana connects Hamanako Pal Pal and Mount Okusa Observatory/Hamanako Music Box Museum. Take in the 360 degree panoramic view of Lake Hamana stretching below you as you ascend from the Lake Hamana PAL PAL to the top of Mt. Okusa. Panorama of Lake Hamana appears in front of you. And at the top of Mt. Okusa you will find the wonderful Lake Hamana Orgel Museum.. The Kanzanji Ropeway is operated by Entetsu Tourism Development. The Entetsu Group company also operates hotels, an Hamanako Palpal amusement park, Hamanako Musical Box Museum, all around Kanzanji Onsen (hot spring resort) in Lake Hamana.

Contact – Kanzanji Ropeway

1891 Kanzanji-cho, Hamamatsu City (Hamamatsu-shi), Nishi Ward (Nishi-ku), Shizuoka Prefecture 431-1209, Japan Entrance: Adults ¥800, children ¥400 (for round trip) Closed: No set holidays Hour: Open – 8:30 Tel: 053-487-2121

Email: p…@entetsu.co.jp

Website: http://ropeway.entetsu.co.jp/

Hamanako Pal Pal and Lake Hamana Music Box Museum (Hamanako Orgel Museum)

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Lake Hamana Pal Pal bayside amusement park boasts more than 30 types of attractions. They are especially proud of their jumbo pool with slide which is open from July 12. There are numerous shows featuring popular catoon hero characters, too.

The Hamanako Pal Pal amusement park offers new and exciting facilities, such as a roller coaster, water slides, athletic zone and Kids Land. Families and couples can easily enjoy a full day here.

In addition, admission is free from 4:00 p.m. during the month of August, if you enter wearing a Japanese YUKATA . You might want to try a bight Southern European design restaurant, which serves varieties of food cafeteria style

Lake Hamana Music Box Museum (Hamanako Orgel Museum) is located at the top of Mt. Okusa, at the end of the skyride from Pal-Pal Amusement Park) where the ropeway terminates. This museum displays a variety of self-playing musical instruments. Concerts are performed according to set schedules. The collection includes dozens of self-playing orgels and music boxes from around the world. 50 music boxes in the middle of the 19th Century are displayed. There are experience-based studio and shop, too, and concert is held, too. Performances begin hourly at 20 after the hour, and there is also a special hands-on exhibit. The view of Lake Hamana from outside the museum is spectacular as well. Kanzanji Ropeway Station is connected with Lake Hamana Music Box Museum.
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Contact – Hamanako Pal Pal amusement park and Lake Hamana Music Box Museum 1891 Kanzanji-cho, Hamamatsu City (Hamamatsu-shi), Nishi Ward (Nishi-ku), Shizuoka Prefecture 431-1209, Japan Entrance: Adults ¥1,000, Jr. high school students ¥800, children ¥600 Closed: No set holidays Hour: 9:30~17:30 (depending on the season and day) Tel: 053-487-2121

Email: p…@entetsu.co.jp

Hamanako Pal Pal amusement park Website: http://www.pal2.co.jp/
Lake Hamana Music Box Museum Website: http://www.entetsu.co.jp/kaihatu/orgel/

Marine Sports

hamamatsu_marine_sports_along_lake_hamana Why not try exciting speed-boating or parasailing? Bird watching, including observing migratory birds, is one of the winter delights.

Contact – Hamamatsu Marine Sports along Lake Hamana

Kanzanji Hot Spring Tourism Association Tel: 053-487-0152

Windsurfing: http://www.nuts-wsf.com/

Boat Race: http://www.hamanako-kyotei.com/
Fantom Marine Kodama (Cruising and Marine Leisure): http://www.fantommarine.com/

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Figure: Map of Kanzanji (Kanzanji-cho) Area in Omote (southern) Lake Hamana of Hamamatsu

Transportation – Getting Around Kanzanji (Kanzanji-cho) in Omote (southern) Lake Hamana Area of Hamamatsu [See Kanzanji (Kanzanji-cho) Area Map Above]:

By Train: JR Hamamatsu Station → Benten-jima Station (15min.) → Taxi, etc. (20min.)
By Bus: Hamamatsu Station Bus Terminal No.1 for “Kanzanji Onsen Iki” takes 45min.

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