Do you know there’s a City of Music in Japan? Since 1979, Hamamatsu city has been providing the local people opportunities to appreciate art, culture and music. In this city, you can enjoy the Hamamatsu International Piano Competition which is held in November triennially or visit the Museum of Musical Instruments where you can see many peculiar ancient instruments.
The easiest way to get to Hamamatsu is by bullet trains (Shinkansen). It costs around 8,000 yen from Tokyo station to Hamamatsu station. A Kodama train will take about 2 hours while a Hikari train will get there in 90 minutes. If your priority is price, you can always get on the regular trains to reach there in 4 to 5 hours.
If you are taking the Kodama or Hikari train, you might be able to view Mt.Fuji from the train. Whether you can get a nice view of Mt.Fuji or not depends on the weather. Here are a few photos I’ve captured during my travels.
When I reached Hamamatsu city, I was immediately greeted by posters and exhibitions of famous companies in this city. Apparently this city was the birth place of many famous companies like Suzuki, Yamaha, Kawai etc.
As I stepped out of Hamamatsu station, a super high-rise tower caught my attention. I found out later that it was the Okura Act City Hotel Hamamatsu. The hotel has a music hall and this is where the International Piano Competition is held triennially. The fun part about this hotel is that it has a short hiking course in its outdoor public spaces. Here’s where I found the Chopin Monument which was a replica of the original in Warsaw, Poland.
After the hiking course, I went up to the Act City tower’s observatory deck which is 145 meters above the ground. The admission ticket fare is 500 yen for adult, 300 yen for child under 13. Opening hours are 10am to 6pm (last entrance 5:30pm). I recommend going there for the sunset view.
Here’s what I’ve captured around the sun setting time.
Below are further details of the history of Hamamatsu provided by Hamamatsu City Hall.
Please stay tuned for the 2nd part of my journey in Hamamatsu!