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Manyo-no-Mori Park and Fudoji Temple

On Novemver 3, the Cultural Day, I drove to Hamakita and visited some nice places. First I went to Fudoji Temple. To be more exact, I parked at the parking space of Manyo-no-Mori Park and went downhill and found an entrance of Fudoji temple. Actually Manyo-no-Mori Park and Fudoji temple are connected to each other and you can get into the temple quite easily but getting inside the temple from the main entrance is very nice way to enter. Red gate called Ryugumon is only about 20 years old but very well made. Around red gate you will find a rock garden around medaki fall. Stairs to the main hall is very nice as well. I recommend that you visit both Fudoji temple and Manyo-no-Mori park as they really fit together well.

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Gansuiji Temple, Forest Park and Aratamano Yu

Hamakita-ku is a suburban area of Hamamatsu city and one of the seven wards of metropolitan Hamamatsu. Population is about 90,000. Popular destinations of this area include Shizuoka Prefectural Forest Park(Hamakita Forest Park), Gansuiji Temple and Manyono Mori Park. I went to Hamakita for the second time on March 26. First I visited Gansuiji Temple, then Hamakita Forest Park, after enjoying the stroll in the park I dropped by a day-trip spa, Aratamano Yu west of the forest park.

Hamakita Forest Park
Its official name is Shizuoka Prefectural Forestpark, but Hamamatsu people still use the former name. The park is really huge. It has 215 ha in area about two third of New York Central Park. Brazilian people working around Hamamatsu area also love this park and there are some Portuguese youtube pages introducing this park.

Flickr photo of Hamakita Forest Park
Fireflies
Parque Em Hamakita

Map of major destinations......Maplandia.com Map of Hamakita

Also see Hamakita-ku, Hamamatsu(wikipedia)

Youtube Video Clip on Gansuiji Temple
Video Especial!!! Visita Al Templo de Gansuiji(Spanish)

Day Trip Spas

One of the newest attractions of Hamakita-ku is Aratamano Yu, a day-trip spa. It also has a restraurant and a souvenir shop, just entering the spa building is free-of-charge. When you enter the building remember to take off your shoes.

In Sun Street Hamakita, a huge shopping complex near Manyo-no-Mori Park, there's another popular day-trip spa facility called Kaze-to-Tsuki, literally, Wind and Moon, known for its hot stone spa.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Nice Suburbian Town with nature and history
  • Cons:A bit inconvenient unless you are a local
  • In a nutshell:Maybe a nice place to live near Hamamatsu
  • Last visit to Hamakita: Nov 2011
  • Intro Updated Nov 5, 2011
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