Shinkansen, the Japanese high-speed rail has several types. For example, between Tokyo and Osaka, Shinkansen “Nozomi” stops the least stations so you can go to Osaka fastest, while “Kodama” stops at many stations. The number of stations “Hikari” stops is something between Nozomi and Kodama. So some Shinkansen skips some stations. Advertisements
Hamana-ko Lake is easy to visit from Hamamatsu Station where Shinkansen stops and if you go there, it is worth visiting Hamamatsu Museum of Musical Instruments which is 5-minute walk from the station. This is one-of-a-kind public museum solely dedicated to musical instruments.
Hamamatsu City in Shizuoka Prefecture is famous for Hamana-ko Lake which is a brackish lake. The dimension of the lake is 65 square kilo meters and it is the 10th largest lake in Japan.
The founder of the Japanese automobile company Honda, Soichiro Honda was from Hamamatsu City. His hometown built “Soichiro Honda Craftsmanship Center” and introduces his achievements.
Shiseido is a Japanese popular cosmetic company. The company has a corporate museum in Kakegawa City in Shizuoka Prefecture which shows its 145-year history. Shiseido started services in 1872 as the first western-style pharmacy in Japan. The museum has a large collection of posters, advertisements and packages of cosmetics.
There are several castles in Shizuoka. Many of them are not original but still you can admire the beautiful shapes. These castles are usually related to Ieyasu Tokugawa, the first Shogun of Edo Era started in 1603. And conveniently, they are close from the Shinkansen Stations.
Go down south from the Abe River, there is another and bigger river in Shizuoka prefecture which is called the Oi River. In old days back in 17th century, after Ieyasu Tokugawa became Shogun to govern the whole Japan, he prohibited to build bridges over the Oi River. Even ferryboats were prohibited. As a result, when…