Comfort Hotel Hamamatsu
Phone: (81) 53 450 6111
Fax: (81) 53 450 6112
A sprawling sanctuary with one of the largest zoos in Asia, botanical gardens, and an amusement park, established before World War II, the zoo has an impressive pedigree. Traditional favorites include lions, tigers and bears as well as elephants and giraffes. Also popular are a koala exhibit and tiny medaka tropical fish that flew on the space shuttle with one of Japan's astronauts. The recently built Higashiyama Sky Tower, with observation decks and a restaurant 100 meters off the ground, offers a panoramic view of the area.
The fans who fill Nagoya Dome on a Dragons' game day make this stadium a feared site among opposing teams. Try to sit near the cheering section, easily identifiable because everyone will be wearing blue and white and everyone will be cheering in unison with the "cheerleaders" in front. The atmosphere is thick when the Dragons take on the Tokyo Giants, but it is all in good fun, and most foreigners leave exhilarated. Nagoya Dome also hosts the world-class musicians that frequently pass through town. Check schedules for game/concert days and times.
The volcanic mountain Fuji is one of the most known sites of Japan. Mount Fuji, in all its ethereal, breathtaking beauty, represents Japan's natural and cultural heritage. Greatly revered and even deemed sacred as per Shinto practices, the mountain has since the beginning of time inspired thousands of paintings, poems and other artworks. The slopes of this magnificent natural wonder are lined with several temples, shrines, Oshi houses and Buddhist training sites, among others, and even geological features such as lakes, waterfalls, trees that are a part of an ancient Japanese pilgrimage route. All of these over 25 elements form the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Fujisan, sacred place and source of artistic inspiration.