Hamamatsu in the western part of Shizuoka Prefecture is the most populated city in the entire prefecture, yet it’s often bypassed by travelers whose eyes remain fixed on the snow-capped peak of Mount Fuji in its eastern half.
But if you just scratch the surface, there’s enough in this central Japan city to keep you occupied all weekend. Hamamatsu can satisfy almost any traveler — the discerning foodie, the matsuri (festival) diehard, the nature seeker, the amateur gambler, and the castle photographer. What exactly does the city have to offer? Let’s dig in!
Food and drink in Hamamatsu
Hamamatsu holds its own when it comes to delicious local food. In fact, Hamamatsu’s gyozas (dumplings) rank as one of the five famous foods you’ll find in Shizuoka. The city is the nation’s capital for the highest consumption of gyozas per person.
Hamamatsu is also home to Hananomai Sake Brewery. Founded in 1864, the brewery uses pure groundwater from the Southern Alps and Shizuoka-grown rice to make its quality sake. Tour the facility to learn about sake production firsthand, taste the good stuff, and receive a complimentary bottle of sake. Even if your Japanese isn’t great, guided tours, complete with a bottle of sake to take home, are available in English, Chinese, Indonesian and Portuguese.
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