Relatively new onsen with great view of Hamanako lake（浜名湖）
Kanzanji Onsen（舘山寺温泉）is about a 50 min bus ride or 35 min drive from JR Hamamatsu station（浜松駅）and is a relatively new spring with its open in 1958. Although this first spring and the second one (opened in 1977) are not used any more, the third one (opened in 1989) and the latest one (opened in 2008 after digging into 2000 meter in depth) are currently in operation.
Map of Kanzanji Onsen
(English map of the area available from the Lake Hamana Kanzanji Onsen Tourism Association site)
Attractions in Kanzanji Onsen（舘山寺温泉）
- Kanzanji Onsen: The area can be walked through within ten minutes but there are several eel restaurants, new cafes and eateries for tourists.
- Kanzanji Ropeway: The only ropeway in Japan to travel over a lake
- Hamanako Palpal（浜名湖パルパル）amusement park: A resort-style amusement park surrounded by the great outdoors, with about 30 attractions
- Kanzanji temple（舘山寺）
- Hamanako lake（浜名湖）: Multi-activities such as cruising, wind surfing, sea kayaking, parasailing and cycling. This cycling map from Hamanako Cycling HAMAICHI Web may be useful the see the onsen location in the lake.
- Eel: Specialty in Hamanako lake（浜名湖）. Hamamatsu Association for Promotion of Specialized Eel Restaurant nicely put together a restaurant list as well as eel farming and difference in cooking style
Access to Kanzanji Onsen（舘山寺温泉）
- Local bus: Direct and frequent from Hamamatsu station（浜松駅）. Takes about 50 min. Kanzanji Line（舘山寺線）bus route overview.
- Car: Easily reachable from the nearby Tomei Expressway（東名高速道路）that connects Tokyo（東京）and Nagoya（名古屋）metropolitan areas.
- Rent a car: Takes about 35 min from JR Hamamatsu station. The car may be useful especially when visiting JR Bentenjima station（弁天島駅） / Hamanako-ohashi bridge（浜名湖大橋）area to enjoy another view of the lake closer to the pacific ocean on your way back to the JR station.
Kanzanji onsen town