Hamamatsu in Shizuoka Prefecture is the area that includes Hamamatsu City, Kosai City and Kakegawa City. It is located nearly equidistant between Tokyo and Osaka.
Hamamatsu is often associated with the Tokugawa Ieyasu, the first shogun of the Edo Shogunate. Ieyasu lived in Hamamatsu Castle in Hamamatsu City for 17 years from the age of 29 to 45.
Hamamatsu is also the home of world famous musical instrument makers Yamaha, Kawai and Roland, and is particularly famous for producing western musical instruments including pianos. At the Hamamatsu Musical Instrument Museum within the city, there are 1300 instruments from around the world on exhibit and is recommended stop for people who are interested. There are hands-on exhibits in the musical classroom. Concerts are also held and visitors are able to hear rare instruments.
A popular leisure spot in the area is Lake Hamana. There is a mix of sea water and freshwater at the Lake and eels and suppon turtles inhabit the area. Visitors can also try clamming in April and May. There are other destinations in the vicinity including Kanzan-ji Onsen Hot Spring area, Kanzan-ji Temple, and an amusement park called Lake Hamana Paruparu. There is also a cycling road to enjoy outdoor activities.
The closest train station to Hamamatsu is JR Hamamatsu Station. It is located along the Tokaido Shinkansen bullet train line and is easily accessible from Tokyo and Osaka. Transportation within the area is by bus or rental car.