Hamamatsu and Lake Hamana

Essentially rebuilt since World War 2, when it was flattened by US air raids, Hamamatsu is a modern industrial city, home to Honda, Suzuki and Yamaha. Best known for the manufacture of musical instruments and motorcycles, it is also home to some 20,000 Japanese Brazilians.

Hamamatsu sits on the coastal plain between the Pacific Ocean to the south and mountains to the north, dominated by Mt. Fuji. To the west is Lake Hamana, a large, relatively shallow expanse of water with a narrow outlet to the sea. Eels, oysters and seaweed for nori are cultivated in the lake, and Hamamatsu is famous for its eel restaurants.