The city of Hamamatsu is located between Tokyo and Osaka and is accessible by the Tokaido Shinkansen line and the Tomei Expressway. The city is situated about one hours from Mt. Fuji Shizuoka Airport and two hours from Chubu Centrair International Airport, making it easily accessible domestically and from abroad. The central downtown area near the station is an urban hub for high-level governmental, industrial, economic, artistic and cultural activities. The city has one of the highest numbers of foreign residents in the country and happily embraces multiculturalism. The city is also devoted to the promotion of culture and hosts two international music competitions, the Shizuoka International Opera Competition and the Hamamatsu International Piano Competition.
With mountains to the north, the ocean to the south and a lake to the west, Hamamatsu is surrounded by a variety of environments and is blessed with many natural scenic areas. The climate is comparatively warm but is famous for a strong seasonal wind that blows in winter. This wind also creates beautiful wind ripples in the dunes along the span of the Enshu-nada coast.
The green and open campus of the Shizuoka University of Art and Culture is conveniently located about a 15 minute walk from Hamamatsu Station. Students learn in a comfortable and stimulating urban environment and can relax in their time off in the surrounding natural areas. The central location also makes it easy for students to travel throughout Japan where they can be exposed to a wide variety of cultural experiences.
Photo courtesy: Hamamatsu sightseeing convention bureau