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Hamanako Garden Park 浜名湖ガーデンパーク/はまなこがーでんぱーく


Enjoy the open spaces and natural beauty of the shores of Lake Hamana


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Hamanako Garden Park is a lush city park built on the site of the 2004 Pacific Flora Garden Exposition and the 21st National Urban Greenery Fair Shizuoka, where you can relax and enjoy the seasonal scenery.There are over 20 facilities where you can enjoy the views of the open spaces and beautiful seasons of nature along the shores of Hamana Lake, including the 50m observation tower that is regarded as a symbol of the park, the colorful Flower Museum, and the Pleasure Boat Cruise on the waterway that runs through the park.
The seasons are very important to Japanese people, and they are very sensitive to their changes as well. There are many customs specific to each season, such as distinctive foods or activities, and the changing of the seasons occupies an important position in Japanese culture and traditions. At Lake Hamana Garden Park you can experience an authentic Japanese atmosphere firsthand.

Observation Tower
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The beauty of Lake Hamana and the green forests that unfolds before you when the elevator doors open is sure to take your breath away. The vivid scenery of the Garden Park stretching out below and the sunlight reflecting off the shining lake is a must-see.

Flower Museum
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It was built on the concepts of a flower garden and a water garden to resemble the gardens painted by the artist Claude Monet in Giverny, France.
The flower garden features flower beds to the left and right and arches of roses in the center, while the water garden has a calm atmosphere with a central pond with floating water lilies and an expanse of typical Japanese trees and flowering plants, such as weeping willows and bamboo groves. The pictures captured with a camera are as beautiful as a painting.

Pleasure Boat Cruise
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A very comfortable American-made cruise boat tours the waterway connecting the water park and the Flower Museum. Along the gently flowing waterway are lovely flowers blooming, birds playing at the water's edge and trees swaying in the breeze. Relax and take in the views of nature.

Water Park
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There are water pumps and water jets available, and in summer it is thronged with young children. When you are tired from walking, try cooling off a little while listening to their clear laughter.Inside the park there is also Restaurant Muracha, based on the concept of local produce for local consumption, where you can enjoy seasonal foods, as well as many rest areas where you can take a break and have something to drink. There are also many restroom signs and maps of the garden located throughout, the construction of the park itself takes into account universal design concepts to allow more people to enjoy it.
※There are no trash cans inside the park, so please take your trash with you or dispose of it at the point of purchase.

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<Top> Left: Restaurant Muracha / Right: Rest Area
<Bottom> Left: Rest Area / Right: Garden Map and Restroom signs

Recommendations!

Family Bicycles

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※There are some areas where you cannot ride them, such as narrow pathways in the park or inside facilities like the flower museum.
Family bicycles for four to six people can be rented at the Garden Park. You might enjoy riding down the park paths with all of your friends or family together. Who will pedal everyone else along?

Jurassic Tree
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Jurassic trees have been growing since before the birth of humankind. They were first discovered on a cliff in Australia, and this is the only place you can see one outside of Australia!! It is definitely worth seeing.

GARDEN MAP
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http://www.hamanako-gardenpark.jp/gp_english.pdf
http://www.hamanako-gardenpark.jp/ (Japanese)


2012.8.20 update



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