Guide to Hamamatsu Castle Park

The central park of Hamamatsu City

Hamamatsu Castle Park

Despite its location in center of the city of Hamamatsu, Hamamatsu Castle Park is an oasis of greenery.
In addition to Hamamatsu Castle, where Ieyasu Tokugawa spent 17 years in the prime of his life, the park offers Japanese gardens, a central lawn area, and more so residents can come to relax throughout the year.

Outline and History

Hamamatsu Castle Park opened in 1950. In 1972, it was redeveloped to commemorate Emperor Showa’s golden jubilee with the addition of promenade-style Japanese gardens that live up to the views of Hamamatsu Castle, Sakuza Forest, and more to become the park we see today.

Hamamatsu’s top spot for cherry blossoms

From late March to early April, approximately 360 cherry blossom trees bloom. They are primarily Somei Yoshino trees, but other variants such as Shidarezakura (weeping cherry blossom) and Yamazakura (wild cherry blossom) can also be seen. The impressive sights make this one of the best places to enjoy the cherry blossoms in Hamamatsu and draws crowds of people.
During the Cherry Blossom Festival, lights illuminate Hamamatsu Castle and the cherry blossoms until 9 p.m.

The central lawn

This large, expansive lawn (approx. 7,000 ㎡) offers views of Hamamatsu Castle. It is a perfect place to enjoy the playground equipment with children, take a walk around the park, and more. Events are sometimes held in the park as well.

Guide to the Park’s Surroundings

Hamamatsu Municipal Museum of Art

The Hamamatsu Municipal Museum of Art is adjacent to the verdant Hamamatsu Castle Park.It opened in 1971 to commemorate the city’s 60th anniversary. The museum offers glass paintings and Ukiyo-e prints enjoyed by many art lovers as well as an active exhibit program.

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An authentic teahouse in a corner of the relaxing greenery of Hamamatsu Castle Park.
Standing among the trees on the slopes of Kamei Hill with the sounds of trickling streams through rocks and small waterfalls, the location embodies the ideal view of nature expressed by the Chinese philosopher Hong Yingming.

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