Lake Hamana 浜名湖
A large lake with hot springs and recreational activities
Lake Hamana, located about two and a half hours from Tokyo, boasts beautiful scenery, marine sports, fishing, cycling, and fun activities like fruit picking and an amusement park. Take in the views over the lake in a cable car, or soak in the surroundings on paths along the shore by bicycle. If you like adrenaline-pumping sports, try wakeboarding, parasailing and windsurfing.
Lake Hamana has both salt water and fresh water and is connected to the sea
In spring, you can participate in traditional fishing by torchlight
A dedicated cycling path on the lakeshore allows for fantastic views
How to Get There
A 45-minute bus ride from Hamamatsu Station.
Take the JR Tokaido Shinkansen from Tokyo to Hamamatsu and then a bus to Kanzanji Onsen.
Seasonal activities to remember
Seasonal pleasures include clam digging on the beach and traditional torch fishing, called takiya-ryo, in spring. In summer, fireworks festivals are held at various locations, and in fall, seven mikan orange farms in the town of Mikkabi are open to the public for orange picking.
Get on and ride
There is a 48-kilometer bicycle path along Lake Hamana stretching from Mikkabi to Bentenjima. Bicycles are available for rent at various locations such as Kiga and Mikkabi stations, Maisaka-cho, Nagisa-en, and Kanzanji Onsen.
Several onsen to choose from
After a busy day of fun activities, you can relax in a soothing bath at any of the local hot spring spas such as Bentenjima Onsen, Mikkabi Onsen, and Kanzanji Onsen.