Hamamatsu is located roughly at the halfway point between Tokyo and Osaka, and is also located the center of Japan. It can be reached easily by both land and air, and features Shizuoka Prefecture’s largest population with around 800,000 people, and is a government-designated city. There are two main locations: the city area around Hamamatsu Station and the resort area boasting lush landscape in the vicinity of Lake Hamana.
Hamamatsu is known as one of the nation’s top manufacturing cities. The area’s advanced skills include producing textiles, instruments and hardware, as well as the development of optical technology and electronics. Hamamatsu is home to world-recognized companies such as Suzuki, Yamaha, Honda, Kawai, Hamamatsu Photonics, Roland, and FCC, but also to a number of outstanding small-to-medium sized companies and startups, making Hamamatsu the industrial capital of Japan.