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The other day, I went all the way to “Hamanako Garden Park” to fully enjoy myself with flowers, taking a bus from JR Hamamatsu Station at 9:14 to Garden Park via Kanzanji Onsen spa resort. In 60 minutes on the dot, I saw a vast lawn field, where many people were enjoying kicking soccer balls, playing catch, or putting golf balls. I just wanted to lie about on it and have a peaceful time, but considering my plan on that day, I couldn’t. I walked along the field for a couple of minutes and crossed a bridge. Now, here I am, Hamanako Garden Park !
In 2004, a major event was held in this site. “Hamanako Flora Expo” ! Garden Park took over the very site of 56ha for local citizens and tourists free of charge and lots of events are still held through the year. I headed for the observation tower called “Lake View Tower” anyway that stands in the middle of the park. On my way, I saw a play ground for kids, a small restaurant, an outdoor stage, and another bridge over the waterway. Varieties of flowers were seen along the walkway.
I took an elevator up to the top floor of 50m height. 360 degree panoramic view was waiting for me ! I could overlook, not to mention the Lake Hamana, hotels around Bentenjima, Kanzanji and even Hamamatsu Act Tower ! See the beautiful pictures anyway !
Beside the garden is a Golf Course where Ryo Ishikawa played the other day. I sat on a bench and stayed for a while seeing cars passing across the long bridge over Hamanako Lake. Then I found fantastic houses in the other side of the park that made me think of Disney Land. What’s that ?
I went down to the ground and began to stroll again, opening a map. The pathway between greeneries was so refreshing and butterflies were dancing ahead of me. A café and small gardens attracted many visitors. In 10 minutes or so, I reached “Flower Museum”, which was definitely one of the must-see spots in this park. Lots of photographers were there flocking for varieties of flowers with a beautiful mansion behind them. I also wandered in the garden looking for the best spot for pictures. Now, what do you think ?＾＾
Now, I had little time left for walking. The bus was supposed to leave the park at 12:04. 20 minutes to go and I was 1.5km away from the bus stop. I hurried to the entrance gate, taking necessary pictures. On my way, I passed “International Garden”. There you can see gardens of the world such as Italian, English, Chinese and Korean. I really wished I could have had enough time ! I here attach some pictures. You look around very carefully and tell me how you like it.
There are lots of attractions more besides things above in the Garden Park. You can cruise the waterway or enjoy a bike ride, or there is a water square where kids can play, really good for the season from now ! The admission is free including “Flower Museum” and “International Garden”. Very recommendable for anyone who likes walking and flowers.
After all, I could be in time for the bus ! I was on my way to “Hamamatsu Flower Park”.
Have a good day !
Hamanako Garden Park
Access From JR Hamamatsu Station ： 60 minutes by bus
Admission ： Free ＊Lake View Tower costs ¥300 for an adult
Open Hours ： 8:30 – 17:00 ( - 18:00 in Jul and Aug )
Closed ： Dec 29 – Jan 3
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