MICE : A general term for Meeting, Incentive, Convention, and Exhibition or Event.
Hamamatsu in Shizuoka is located roughly at the halfway point between Tokyo and Osaka, two major metropolitan areas of Japanese cities. It can be reached easily by both land and air, and features Shizuoka Prefecture’s largest population with around 800,000 people, and is a government-designated city.
Hamamatsu is the largest city in Shizuoka Prefecture with a population of approximately 800,000 and total area of 1,558 square kilometers.
The city is located about halfway between Japan‘s two major metropolitan areas of Tokyo and Osaka, and is also located the center of Japan. This convenient location supports the industries and the liveliness of Hamamatsu.
The city has a warm and pleasant climate with plenty of sunshine, making it an ideal place to live. Not only the weather, but also the people of Hamamatsu are typically warm and kindhearted. Combined with these qualities, local residents are also highly reliable: they are exceptionally motivated and energetic as expressed by the local saying yaramaika ("Let’s give it a try") spirit. Hamamatsu is an attractive city that has so much to offer – lush nature, good food, kind people, and much more!
Hamamatsu has a free-spirited nature, not to mention a character of autonomy and independence from having accepted the cultures and people of other regions. In this atmosphere, global entrepreneurs and inventors arose in a variety of industries including musical instruments, motorcycles, and automobiles.
Convenience of transportation access
Conference facilities and accommodations suitable for various MICE
Unique pre/post-convention experiences
Amazing environment created by industry and rich nature
Comprehensive one-stop service to help achieve the ideal convention
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Hamamatsu is conveniently located for transportation access.
It‘s only about an hour and a half by Shinkansen from both Tokyo and Osaka. It is also about an hour’s drive from Mt. Fuji Shizuoka Airport. So we truly hope you consider hosting your MICE event in Hamamatsu.
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Having developed as the midpoint on the Tokaido Route (Edo-Kyoto route in the Edo period) connecting eastern and western Japan, Hamamatsu can be easily accessed using Shinkansen trains or expressways, or from international airports. The city has a wide variety of facilities and venues where business meetings, conventions, and other events can be held conveniently and comfortably. There are two main locations to choose from: the city area around Hamamatsu Station and the resort area boasting lush landscape in the vicinity of Lake Hamana. Furthermore, with its hot springs resort and a wide range of accommodation options, Hamamatsu can flexibly meet the accommodation and sightseeing needs of convention attendees.
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With its urban functions and majestic nature, this area is the perfect venue for any MICE events.
Therefore, the well-versed staff of the Hamamatsu & Lake Hamana Tourism Bureau is here to provide you with high-quality service. And we will make your MICE event including study tours, or any other entertainment a success.
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Hamamatsu is widely known as one of the nation’s top manufacturing cities. The area’s advanced skills include producing fibers, instruments and hardware, as well as the development of optical technology and electronics. It is these industries that laid the foundation which developed the area.
Hamamatsu is home to not only globally recognized corporations such as Suzuki, Yamaha, Honda, Kawai, Hamamatsu Photonics, Roland, and FCC, but also to a number of outstanding small-to-medium sized companies and startups, making Hamamatsu the industrial capital of Japan.
Companies such as Yamaha, Kawai and Roland serve as the backbone of the city’s world class musical instrument production, thereby transforming Hamamatsu from a "City of Musical Instruments" to a "City of Music." From international events to citizen-organized concerts, a variety of musical activities take place across Hamamatsu including the Hamamatsu International Piano Competition, Hamamatsu Band Festival, Hamamatsu World Youth Choir Festival and Yaramaika Music Festival.
Small and medium-sized venture companies are gathered in the Hamamatsu and Lake Hamana areas, so we can introduce companies that can accept technical visits.
The rich, breathtaking nature of Hamamatsu and Lake Hamana is the region’s true appeal. Whether it’s the sun setting over Lake Hamana, the refreshing Kanzanji hot springs, the majestic Pacific Ocean seen from the Nakatajima sand dunes, or the lush forests, mountains, and rivers of the Tenryu area, you are sure to enjoy all the area’s nature has to offer.
Eel from Hamamatsu is so famous in Japan, that eel is often referred to as "Hamanako eel" after the region in Hamamatsu where it is raised. Needless to say, Hamamatsu has an abundance of eel restaurants.
Hamamatsu eels are cultivated based on the warm climate and abundant water of Hamamatsu, so they are of the best quality.
At Hamamatsu's eel specialty store, chefs who use the best ingredients and traditional techniques explore various taste sensations and serve delicious eel dishes.
You can find many eel restaurants from this web page.
Hamamatsu dumplings are a popular dish that are delicious, cheap, and nutritious, with a light taste that uses plenty of fresh cabbage from Hamamatsu, but also has the richness of pork. Due to their overwhelming popularity necessitating that many dumplings be made at once, the circular frying method, in which a large number of dumplings are grilled side-by-side in a circle, has become a hallmark of this Hamamatsu delicacy. With their light taste, Hamamatsu dumplings are often eaten in large quantities, and are so popular that the circular frying method itself has become a selling point. This WEB page introduces many recommended dumpling restaurants in Hamamatsu.
There is an abundance of seasonal ingredients from Hamamatsu and Lake Hamana.
The Hamamatsu and Lake Hamana area, blessed with a mild climate and abundant nature, produces and catches approximately 170 agricultural products and 150 marine products respectively. In Hamamatsu, this abundance of seasonal foods has nurtured a rich culinary culture, supporting people’s health and extending their life expectancy.
That is why we define “Hamamatsu power foods” as both seasonal ingredients produced in Hamamatsu and dishes using those ingredients.
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*About Hamamatsu's SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals)
Hamamatsu has been selected as the SDGs Future City and is promoting efforts to achieve the SDGs.
We will update information on SDGs activities in Hamamatsu regularly.