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更新日:2016年10月18日

Welcome to Hamamatsu City!【English version】

Hamamatsu is the largest city in Shizuoka Prefecture with a population of approximately 800,000 and total area of 1,558 square kilometers.
The city is located about halfway between Japan's two largest cities, Tokyo and Osaka, and is also located near the center of the entire country. This convenient location supports the industries and the liveliness of Hamamatsu.
The city has a warm and pleasant climate with plenty of sunshine, making it an ideal place to live.
Not only the weather but also the people of Hamamatsu are typically warm and kindhearted. Combined with these qualities, local residents are also highly reliable: they are exceptionally motivated and energetic as expressed by the local saying "yaramaika (Let's give it a try) spirit."
Hamamatsu is an attractive city that has so much to offer – lush nature, good food, kind people, and much more!

Hamamatsu is an attractive city with much to offer. Surrounded by the ocean, rivers, mountains, and Lake Hamana, Hamamatsu is a well-balanced city with lush nature and a lively urban environment. Traditionally, Hamamatsu has been a hub for exchanges between people from eastern and western Japan.
There are many tourist attractions of great historical and cultural significance including famous temples, historical landmarks, and Lake Hamana which has been featured in many classical Japanese poems. A wide range of activities are also available at Hamamatsu: bathing in hot springs, cycling, marine sports, spring flower viewing, and industrial tours unique to the "City of Manufacturing." As for food, which may be the best part of traveling, visitors will no doubt be satisfied with local specialty foods including gyoza dumplings, mikan oranges (mandarin oranges), and fresh local seafood like eels, oysters, and puffer fish.

Having developed as the middle point on the Tokaido Route (Edo-Kyoto route in the Edo period) connecting eastern and western Japan, Hamamatsu can be easily accessed using Shinkansen trains or expressways, or from international airports. The city has a wide variety of facilities and venues where business meetings, conventions, and other events can be held conveniently and comfortably. There are two main locations to choose from: the city area around Hamamatsu Station and the resort area boasting lush landscape in the vicinity of Lake Hamana. Furthermore, with its hot springs resort and a wide range of accommodation options, Hamamatsu can flexibly meet the accommodation and sightseeing needs of convention attendees.

Home of a number of large globally active companies including Suzuki, Yamaha, Kawai, Hamamatsu Photonics, and Roland, Hamamatsu is "the city of manufacturing." The origin of these now globally famous brands of products for motorcycles, musical instruments, and "Kei" cars is the fruit of the "yaramaika spirit" of the people of Hamamatsu who proactively engage in activities. Amidst today's business environment marked by rapid technological advancements, Hamamatsu is a manufacturing hub flourishing with a great number of the world's best, the one and only, and/or the world's first products and technologies.

Hamamatsu has a variety of world-class specialty products like Lake Hamana Eel, Mikkabi Mikan (mandarin orange), local sake, cotton textiles, and FSC-certified high quality Japanese cedar and cypress wood. These fine items are all a product of abundant blessings and the yaramaika spirit. Hamamatsu brand items are the fruit of the region's traditional techniques and yaramaika attitude.

Known for brands like Yamaha, Kawai, and Roland, Hamamatsu is a world-class producer of musical instruments and is Japan's "City of Music". From international competitions to casual concerts organized by citizens, the city also hosts a wide range of music events like the Hamamatsu International Piano Competition, Hamamatsu Brass Band Competition, Hamamatsu World Youth Choir Festival, and Yaramaika Music Festival. There is also the Hamamatsu Museum of Musical Instruments which exhibits musical instruments from around the world. Hamamatsu is striving for an even more vibrant music sector and become the "Capital of Music" where people from all around the world will gather.

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