You Have to Visit These Picture Perfect Spots in Hamamatsu the Next Time You’re in Japan

Capture these breathtaking sceneries.


Hamamatsu City
in Shizuoka Prefecture offers a number of places with breathtaking scenery. In this article, we are going to introduce 3 picture perfect spots perfect for a road trip. Take a lot of photos you can show off on social media.


Pass through this yellow torii gate for good luck


Akihasan Hongu Akiha Jinja
has two parts, kamisha and shimosha, with kamisha located at the summit of Mt. Akiha at 866 meters high. From there, you can see the natural greens of the mountain below including the streets of Hamamatsu City and Enshunada far ahead. For centuries, it is famous for the god of fire protecting the people who come to worship. The fire festival held on December 15 and 16 every year is popular, but the golden torii gate of luck is what attracts visitors the whole year-round. Aside from the belief that it brings good fortune, passing through the torii gate gives you a spectacular view of Enshunada!


Torii gate of luck that shines in gold.


Akihasan Hongu Akiha Jinja is located at 841 Harunocho Ryoke, Tenryu District, Hamamatsu City, Shizuoka Prefecture. It is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. You may contact them at +81-53-985-0111. Admission is free.


A fairy tale world of rich forests and unique buildings


Nukumori Forest
is a famous tourist spot that looks like it came out of a fairy tale. Roundish buildings dot the place making you feel like you traveled back in time to Medieval Europe.  You can find a restaurant and a cafe, a gelateria, variety stores, a gallery, and a shop where you can play with cute owls (¥1,000 entrance fee for 4 year olds and above) in the park. Stroll around the area, take a lot of beautiful pictures, and enjoy authentic cuisine and sweets to make the most out of your visit!


Step into a magical world and strike a pose!


Nukumori Forest is located at 2949 Wajicho, Nishi District, Hamamatsu City, Shizuoka Prefecture. It is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily except Thursdays (schedules may differ depending on each store). You may contact them at +81-53-486-1723. Entrance fee costs
¥400 for JHS students and above.


Natural sand art drawn by the wind


Nakatajima Sand Dunes
is one of Japan’s top 3 largest sand dunes that spreads across Enshunada. It has an unbelievable view especially from November to February when wind ripples on the sand are easily created due to the dry weather and strong winds. The best time to visit is during the morning when there are only a few people around, between 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. This place is also a well-known egg-laying site for loggerhead turtles. The Pacific Coast is popular for beach sports and marine activities.

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Located near the mouth of the Tenryu River.


Nakatajima Sand Dunes is located in Nakatajimacho, Minami District, Hamamatsu City, Shizuoka Prefecture. You may contact the Hamamatsu Tourist Information Center at +81-53-452-1634 for more information.


Mystical sunset by the huge torii gate


Bentenjima
is a famous tourist spot located at the south of Lake Hamana where you can gather shells, crabs, and others along the shore. The scene created by the huge torii gate standing on the lake during sunset is out of this world, especially from November to January, when the sun sets right in between the pillars of the torii gate. Many people come to take photos of this mystical view.


Famous photo spot at sunset.


Moreover, between April and August during the low tide season, you can ride a ferry from
Bentenjima Seaside Park to get a closer look on the torii gate and fly a drone without having to apply for a permit. Capture Lake Hamana, a rare lake with a mixture of seawater and freshwater from high up in the sky!


Take a unique shot of Lake Hamana from the sky.


Bentenjima (Bentenjima Seaside Park) is located at 3775-2 Maisakacho Bentenjima, Nishi District, Hamamatsu City, Shizuoka Prefecture. It is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily. You may contact the Maisakacho Tourist Association at +81-53-592-0757 or the Bentenjima Cruise Association at +81-90-7686-0962. Ferry rides to Nakasu cost
¥1,200 for adults.


Provided by Japan Walker™, Walkerplus™, and Tokai Walker™ (27 March 2020)


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