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Hamamatsu City


Prefecture/City: Hamamatsu City
Capital/Prefecture: Shizuoka Prefecture
Governor/Mayor: Yasutomo Suzuki
Area: 1,558 square km (601.6 square miles)
Population: 792,835 as of January 2014
Flower: Mandarin Orange
Tree: Pine
Bird: Nightingale
Business & Industry:

Hamamatsu was a castle town during the 15th and 16th centuries, and a stopover during the Edo era. Active in vegetable and fruit production, horticulture and forestry, Hamamatsu is a well-known eel producer. Hamamatsu is headquarters of Suzuki and Yamaha and some cutting-edge technology facilities are in Hamamatsu Technopolis.

Tourism & Culture:

The JASDF Air Park is the PR pavilion of the Air Self-Defense Force and Ryugashi-do is a limestone cave 1,000 meters deep. The open-air Hamamatsu City Zoo contains over 120 different animal species and the Hamamatsu Fruit Park Tokinosumika offers a fresh fruit-picking experience.

Famous for:

Eels, eel pies and Lake Hamana. The Hamamatsu City Musical Instrument Museum holds an extensive collection of ancient and unique instruments from around the world.