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So, maybe i’d better start with how to get to Kanzanji Spa Area. From the bus depot at JR Hamamatsu Station, find #1 bus stop as in the picture and take the bus #30 bound for Kanzanji Onsen. On its way, it passes by Hamamatsu Flower Park and Hamamatsu Zoological Garden that I’ve ever visited and wrote about. 45 minutes to Kanzanji, ¥550 as of Oct, 2010.
I got off the bus at “Hamanako Pal Pal”, two stops before “Kanzanji Onsen”, to walk around. Pal Pal is an amusement park where you can take more than 30 varieties of rides such as roller coasters, Ferris wheels and a carousel. Should I get in it to report ? No way ! No rides for me !＾＾；
Instead of that, I found a ropeway beside the park. I would take a ride on it later.
Now, see the world of Kanzanji. Kanzanji Spa Area is located in the center along Hamanako Lake, very famous for its extra good hot springs. Many Hotels and Ryokans can be found around.
I walked along the lake first and found many people fishing. I talked to a man if he had caught anything and he showed me in the bucket. Cute gobies were there. Very good for deep-fry. Lake Hamana is opened to the sea and many kinds of fish flow into this lake. The very treasure house of life !
Back again at the ropeway station beside Pal Pal, I looked up to see where the wires led. To the mountain beyond the water, I surmised. It seemed a little bit fearful but I gathered every courage and stepped on the gondola.
In the Gondola was a young lady to guide visitors during the ride. It goes 50m high from the water, 723m long in 4 minutes to the mountain beyond the lake, “Mt. Okusa” of 113m high. Scary enough for me. This ropeway is the only one crossing the lake in Japan. On the top of Mt. Okusa, ropeway station is connected with Lake Hamana Music Box Museum. The rooftop of the museum is the observation deck with 360 panorama view.
You will see, from this point, how large Hamanako Lake is. You can get an English brochure at the ropeway ticket desk that will help you well recognize which part is where. Pictures don’t tell everything, you know. Catch the overwhelming world with your own eyes !
By the way, this deck seems to be known as a sacred place for lovers. Angels in the garden look so peaceful and many bells on the deck sounds harmonious. These bells ring at the beginning of each hour. It might be so romantic to hear the bell ring while you talk with someone you like, looking out the spectacular view.
Next time, I’ll show you a weird temple.
Have a good day !＾＾
Access from JR Hamamatsu Station ⇒ #1 bus stop by #30 bus to Hamanako Pal Pal
Admission ： ¥ 800 for round trip for adults／¥400 for children
Open Hours ： 9:00 – 17:00 ( Closing time varies by the seasons )
“Shizuoka Guide” is our official English website for sightseeing, always with you ! ＾＾