Hamada City is one of those rare locations that caters to tourists visiting in the summer months as well as those in the winter months. Boasting gorgeous white sand beaches as well some of the best skiing facilities in the region, the tidy little city of Hamada is sure to please.
The most well-known tourist attraction in Hamada City is Shimane Aquarium Aquas, whose main attraction is bubble-blowing white beluga whales. 400 species and 10,000 fish and animals are on display. The Aquas facility is located next to Iwami Seaside Park, a long public beach, which is also a popular destination in the summer months for swimming, camping, and a variety of marine sports.
In winter months, visitors can enjoy skiing, snowboarding, or just playing in the snow at Asahi Tengston Snow Park. The park features natural powder snow and a 360° panoramic view of the surrounding natural beauty. The park also has a children’s area for those visitors travelling with children.
In addition to beaches, the aquarium, and snow parks, Hamada City also features a number of hot springs, fishing locations, historical sites, golf courses, campgrounds, a fruit park where visitors can pick their own strawberries and grapes, terraced rice paddies, and traditional kagura dance performances. It is also home to Sekishu washi handmade Japanese paper, which has been awarded a place on the UNESCO list of Intangible Cultural Heritage items.
Other sights to consider in Hamada include the 305 meter long Marine Ohashi Bridge, which is considered one the symbols of the city and can be crossed on foot. The ruins of Hamada Castle are also quite impressive and include a curious large wooden gate.
If you happen to be in town at the end of March or the beginning of April, head over to the lane of cherry trees in front of city hall for blossom viewing.