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Lake Hamana

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Location  Shizuoka Prefecture
Basin countries  Japan
Average depth  4.8 m (16 ft)
Area  65 km²
Shore length  114 km
Volume  0.35 km³
Primary outflows  Philippine Sea
Surface area  65.0 km (25.1 sq mi)
Max. depth  16.6 m (54 ft)
Surface elevation  0 cm
Mean depth  4.8 m
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Lake Hamana (浜名湖, Hamana-ko) in Shizuoka Prefecture is Japan's tenth-largest lake (by area). It spans the boundaries of the cities of Hamamatsu and Kosai.


Map of Lake Hamana, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan

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The lake has an area of 65.0 km² and holds 0.35 km³ of water. Its circumference is 114 km. At its deepest point, the water is 16.6 m deep. The surface is at sea level.

Economic activity

Lake Hamana is a commercial source of cultivated Japanese eel, nori, oysters and Chinese soft-shelled turtles. Fishers take sea bass, whiting, and flounder, among others. The lake has been developed as a resort area, with boating as a feature.


In ancient times, Lake Hamana was a fresh-water lake. However, a great earthquake in 1498 altered the topography of the area. As a result, the water in the lake is now brackish.

The old name for this lake is Tohotsu-afumi (遠つ淡海), which means "distant fresh-water lake" and later changed to Tōtōmi (遠江). From the perspective of the capital in the Kinai, Tōtōmi is more distant than the other famous lake, Chikatsu-afumi or Ōmi (now Lake Biwa), the "nearby fresh-water lake." The name Tōtōmi was also used for a former province in which the lake is located (Tōtōmi Province).

At the end of World War II two experimental Type 4 Chi-To tanks were dumped into the lake to avoid capture by Occupation forces. One was recovered by the US Army, but the other was left in the lake. In 2013 there were efforts to locate the remaining tank, but it was not found.


Lake Hamana Wikipedia