Hamamatsu: Stunning Cityscape at Act Tower
Located near the Hamamatsu Station is an iconic landmark of Hamamatsu City. This 45-storey tower resembles a giant harmonica especially when viewed from afar. This shows the strong relationship of the city with music, with some of the world’s leading musical instruments manufacturer such as Yamaha, Roland, Kawai and Tokai headquartered here.
In contrast to Tokyo or Osaka, the city has few skyscrapers, so the Act Tower can easily be distinguished from the skyline. The 45-story building was built in 1994, having a height of 213 meters which make it the tallest building in the city. The Okura City Hotel is housed on the top 17 floors, and on its top floor is an observation deck.
From the observation deck, you can see the magnificent panorama. The entire city is visible, and you can see the Shinkansen running as if they’re just toys. The Hamamatsu Castle is also visible not far away, and so are parks and the surrounding buildings. While keenly observing the view, you will be awed by the city’s awesome urban planning (which you would rather wish is the same back in the Philippines).
At the distance, you can also see the Japanese Alps, rivers, Lake Hamanako, the Pacific Ocean horizon and, especially on a clear day, Mount Fuji. You can also see from here the wind turbine farm of Omaezaki.
Seats were also installed to further enjoy the landscape. Compared to the larger Japanese cities, it is less crowded here, making you enjoy more your stay.
The place is also often used as an event venue for occasions such as weddings, so we were not able to go around the whole place.
Note: The only elevator going to the observatory is located in OKURACITY HOTEL.
We wanted to stay a little longer but the site is open up to six only, so we were unable to see the city lights.
If visiting Hamamatsu, we recommend having a visit here. A worthwhile view awaits you.
- Children ¥300
- Adult ¥500
10am～6pm (Last entrance 5:30pm)
The tower may be closed to the public for weddings and private bookings so please check before you go at their website
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- Hamamatsu Museum of Musical Instruments
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