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Hamamatsu Flower/Fruit Park? 2007/8/9 14:48
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Anyone been to Hamamatsu Flower Park and Hamamatsu Fruit Park? Is it worth a visit?

Hamamatsu Flower Park - Has its own stop on the Kanzanji bus line from terminal 1 at the main bus station. Open 9 AM to 5 PM. Closed from Dec. 29 to Jan. 1. This beautiful park has many gardens full of a variety of flowers. There is also a restaurant and shopping area. Admission 700.
Hamamatsu Fruit Park - Has its own stop on the ''Miyakoda Keiyu Fruit Park Iki'' bus line from terminal 16 at the main bus station. Open 9 AM to 5 PM. Closed from Dec. 29 to Jan. 1(closes at 16:30 from October through April) This unique amusement park is a working fruit farm where you can see, touch, taste, and pick a variety of fruits. Admission 700.
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Yes, I've . . . 2007/8/10 13:21
. . . been there. I don't know that it's worth interrupting a Shinkansen trip from Tokyo to Nagoya to visit it. But I spent a few days in Hanamatsu for the Kite Festival during Golden week so that was one tourist attraction in the area.

I try to hit every flower park/botanical garden I can, and this one is fairly big and maintained well. There is usually some flower blooming during the year, but it's best to hit the flower parks in April-May.

The flower park doubles as an amusement park so it's good for kids.

Don't have high expectations when visiting flower parks/botanical gardens though. Sometimes they don't match the hype in the tourist brochures. They can be a bit run down. But there are surprises. Nambo Paradise in Tateyama (Chiba) has a parrot cage where you can hold parrots; you can also hand feed Nene geese. That salvaged the visit.
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