Hamamatsu is Shizuoka prefecture’s largest city and has a number of tourist spots that make it an attractive destination for travellers. In the city, the Act City Tower, Hamamatsu’s only skyscraper, has an observatory on its 45th floor overlooking Hamamatsu and beyond. Hamamatsu Castle stretches to the city’s north, and has a small museum inside.
For visitors who love a stroll, Hamamatsu has a number of parks and a zoo for them to enjoy. The city is also home to some 10 festivals held throughout the year and visitors are free to join in the festivities as well.
Nakatajima Sand Dunes, one of Japan’s three largest sand dune areas, is located south of Hamamatsu and is a popular place for locals to view the New Year's first sunrise.