Lake Hamana-ko Area浜名湖エリア
A salt lake with an intricate shoreline. A park with around 100,000 plants of 3,000 different species.
Lake Hamana-ko is situated in the western part of Shizuoka, on the border with Aichi. It used to be a fresh water lake, but an earthquake that occurred at the end of the 15th century cut the sandbank that had closed off the lake, thereby connecting the lake to the Sea of Enshu. Later, in the 16th century, a tsunami broke and further opened the mouth of the lake, creating a salt lake with an intricate shoreline, which is the present-day Lake Hamana-ko.
On the eastern shore of Lake Hamana-ko is the Kanzanji-onsen Hot Spring, a relatively new hot spring resort that opened in the mid-20th century. Its three sides are surrounded by the lake and it boasts of not only having natural beauty, but also superb hotel facilities, the largest on the lake. In Hamamatsu Flower Park, near the Kanzanji-onsen Hot Spring, grow some 100,000 plants, approximately 3,000 different species in all. The park has a western garden with a large fountain and a large geometrically patterned flower bed, as well as a Japanese garden with a pine forest and a stream. They are popular locations among flower lovers throughout the seasons. There are also other leisure facilities nearby, such as Hamana-ko Pal Pal, a theme park complete with adventurous attractions.
A Lake Hamana-ko tour boat is also available, allowing you to enjoy the scenery from the surface of the lake. You can also enjoy the view from midair aboard the Kanzan-ji Cable Car that connects Lake Hamana-ko Pal Pal with the lookout area at the peak of Mt. Okusa-yama, 113 meters above sea level.
From Tokyo :
[Rail] 1h 30 min to Hamamatsu Station by JR Tokaido Shinkansen "Hikari", and 40 min from Hamamatsu Station to Kanzanji-onsen by bus.
From Osaka :
[Rail] 1h 30 min from Shin-Osaka to Hamamatsu Station by Shinkansen.