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Population: 812,869
No. of households: 321,029
Land area: 1558.04 km²
Distance between the Eastern and Western borders: approx. 52 km
Distance between the Southern and Northern borders: approx. 73 km
No. of townships: 538
As of June 1, 2013

Nature
Hamamatsu is a city blessed by nature. Surrounded by the Akashi mountain range to the north, Tenryu River to the east, Enshu Sea to the south and Lake Hamana to the west, these diverse landscapes weave together to form a breathtaking portrait, which gives rise to countless scenic spots and attractions. The total land area is 1,558.04 km² (Data released by the Geospatial Information Authority), making it the second largest city in Japan after Takayama in Gifu Prefecture.
Hamamatsu enjoys a relatively warm climate; however, in winter, a strong northwesterly seasonal wind known as “Enshu no Karakkaze” blows across the city, making it feel colder than the actual temperature. It is this strong wind that creates the beautiful patterns on the sand dunes on the Enshu Sea coast.

Population
Hamamatsu became a municipality in 1911; at the time the population only consisted of 36,782 people. The city continued to grow, be it merged with surrounding villages and towns and more people continued to move into and be born into the city. In 1928, 17 years after Hamamatsu became a municipality, the population exceeded 100,000 people.
Although the population dropped to 18,437 in 1945 due to World War II, it quickly regained its momentum, reaching 200,000 in 1954 and 300,000 only three years after that in 1957.
In 1982, Hamamatsu became a city with half a million people. It was designated as a core city in 1996, and in 2003, the population reached 600,000 people.
On July 1, 2005, the population of Hamamatsu reached over 800,000 when it merged with 11 surrounding cities, towns and villages in the Tenryu River and Lake Hamana regions, becoming the largest city in Shizuoka Prefecture. On April 1, 2007, it became the 16th city in the country to be listed as a city designated by government ordinance. There are approximately 22,000 foreign residents in the city, which account for 2.7% of the city’s total population. Within that, the 9,700 foreign residents from Brazil account for 44% of the city’s foreign population, which is the largest Brazilian population out of all local governments in Japan.

Hamamatsu City Hall
103-2 Motoshiro-cho, Naka-ku, Hamamatsu, 430-8652 JAPAN
(International Affairs Division)
TEL:+81-(0)53-457-2359, FAX:+81-(0)53-457-2362
E-mail:kokusai@city.hamamatsu.shizuoka.jp