Hamamatsu Air Park

Hamamatsu Air Park

Hamamatsu Air Park
4.5
Military Museums • Points of Interest & Landmarks
09:00 - 16:00
Tuesday
09:00 - 16:00
Wednesday
09:00 - 16:00
Thursday
09:00 - 16:00
Friday
09:00 - 16:00
Saturday
09:00 - 16:00
Sunday
09:00 - 16:00
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Hug Jordan
3 contributions
Free fun for the family
May 2020
One of the best places in Hamamatsu to bring small children, and interesting for adults too. Best of all... it's free entertainment!
Written 5 November 2020
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Guillaume A
Shizuoka, Japan413 contributions
Nice Japanese air self defense display
Sep 2020 • Family
Nice display about the Japanese air self defense planes Post WW2. Good for families with young kids.
Written 20 September 2020
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PZA8296
Nagoya, Japan120 contributions
Great Storyof JASDF Aviation
Sep 2019
I visited this museum and was impressed by the number of items on display. They had airplanes in the hangers where you could actually sit in the cockpit. There were flight simulators for kids.

The museum had a small gift shop. There was also Key Coffee which is small beverage and snack shop in the museum.

Best of all, the museum is free and parking is free.

One thing to note is that almost all of the exhibits had explanations in Japanese only. A few had english translations, so you have to really like aviation if you come to this museum and can't read Japanese.

Near the end, I saw a sign saying where to return your audio guide. But I never saw an area where you could get one. If you come here you may need to ask the staff where to get it.

An impressive museum and a good way to spend and hour or two.
Written 8 September 2019
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Tokugawa_Ieyasu
Fujieda, Japan103 contributions
A Nice Facility for Public Relations of Air Self-Defense Force
Aug 2018 • Family
This facility is widely open for many people in free of charge.
Both of kids and adults should have great times there.
I bet those who are interested in aircraft, defensing activities can enjoy a lot.
The exhibitions are great to see. Weapons such as missiles are displayed together with reasonable explanations. You can get into the cockpits of exhibited airplanes which had flied in the air before. This may bring you the memorial photos.
Souvenir store offers great variety of air force goods, towels, shirts and so forth.
Written 28 August 2018
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IZ_Zardai
Tokyo, Japan157 contributions
Several aircraft, weapons, simulator, and dress up as a pilot
May 2018 • Friends
The air park is free. It is amazing with kids, but also good fun as an adult.
Lots of interesting things to see: There is a variety of fighter jets, search and rescue and training plains exhibited. You can dress up as a pilot and takes photos.
There is a great simulator where you can practice take off, fight, and landing. For this you have to book a slot because it takes about 10 minutes and it is extremely popular. Best tactic is to go there, book your slot, explore the hangar, and then go there on time.
There are lots of additional displays and info on the work of the Defense Forces: rescue and peacekeeping operations overviews, what the role of the defense forces is, how the different kinds of aircraft support each other and ground forces, etc.
Many interesting weapons systems, radar systems, and other cool equipment can be viewed too.
There is also a simplified simulator for kids. Both are fun.
Most info is in Japanese, so having an audio guide or a good translation app (like the instant translator of google) is very practical.
Photography is allowed everywhere.
It is next to a real air base so you can sometimes see the current jets and helicopters coming and going, the staff training.
Getting there: you can do it by bus or cab. Former takes longer but is cheap, latter is quick but costs a bit more.
There is a cafe and restaurant, plus a gift shop packed with cute items and nice models for those who love aircraft.
Great fun, we had a lovely time there!
Written 2 May 2018
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Ruth B
Canberra, Australia132 contributions
Slightly disappointing
Feb 2018 • Couples
Don't be put off by other people's comments - this place can easily be reached by public bus for a fare of around 500 yen each way on bus number 51. The bus trip takes about 20 minutes, and then you just walk 50m to the first corner, turn left, walk for about 15 minutes on this street until it ends in a T intersection and then you will see the Air Park right in front of you. The entrance is about 200m to the left when you come to the T intersection. The very helpful staff at the Hammamatsu tourist info will tell you all about it if you drop in. That's located in the JR Railway station.
The park itself was a bit disappointing for me. We went first to the museum part and only then did we find the display hangar (which was much better). All the simulator rides were booked out by 10am, so really it was a long trip for not much. My husband is an aircraft nerd, and he enjoyed it. I personally thought the Shinkansen museum in Nagoya was better.
Written 5 March 2018
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bntadpk
Hamamatsu, Japan1 contribution
Good place
Feb 2018
We can get to see varieties of aircrafts ...its good to take your kids there and ride an aeroplane.....you can also take pictures with the soldiers uniform there
Written 22 February 2018
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Charles J
Gold Coast83 contributions
Fighter jets everywhere.
Jun 2017 • Family
The Hamamatsu airpark located north-west of Hamamatsu city is part of the Japan Self Defence Force facility. It is an active air force base so you will see jet trainers and helicopters in action while you visit this museum. The museum is located in an old hanger but has been modernised with static displays, models, videos, posters in one part of the building. When you walk into another part of the building, you will see an amazing collection of jet fighters from the Vampire, the Sabre, the Starfighter as well as Japan's own design jet fighters and many more aircraft including helicopters. This hall is absolutely amazing by the scope of the display and the fact that you can jump into a cockpit and pretend you are in Topgun. There is a fighter simulator which is fun with a closing canopy and controls like in a fighter but really simplified. The museum portion is over three levels with the third floor containing a cafe, library and more displays, At the ground floor entry is located a gift shop. The great thing about this attraction is that it is free however a cab ride is essential to get there. The price of a cab ride to and from Hamamatsu station should be between 2000 and 3000 yen. Finding a cab near the airpark is hard. Walk due east from the main gate to the airpark and you will come across a small shopping mall and there is a cab rank. Worth visiting if you love planes and aviation.
Written 15 June 2017
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Tarun P
Gurugram (Gurgaon), India11 contributions
Good for an air(craft) Park
May 2017 • Friends
No direct bus ride to the place you need to walk a bit but then its free . The are quite a few static aircraft on display which is nice . The best part is you can rent a pilot costume and actually go and sit in cockpit of a fighter plane !!. Get your pictures clicked . Helpful staff .
Over-all good experince.
Written 25 May 2017
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Richard K
249 contributions
Take the time to see it
May 2016 • Solo
It took some time to take the bus and then walk to this museum, and then to get back to Hamamatsu City, but it was well worth it to learn about the history and aircraft of the modern Self-Defense Force. Apart from the modern planes, there are also two classic planes, an Italian biplane and a WWII Zero fighter. You don't need to go through a checkpoint, and you can actually get a good view of the airbase.
Written 7 April 2017
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