By Train - Kakegawa is linked by normal train to Tokyo to the north and the rest of Shizuoka Prefecture to the south by the Tokaido line. It is also served by Shinkansen from Tokyo: all Kodama services will stop at Kakegawa and a limited number of Hikari also stop. Nozomi services do not stop at Kakegawa.
Kakegawa's neighbouring cities include Kikugawa and Aino.
Kakegawa Castle (掛川城, ''Kakegawa-jou''), Kakegawa-shi Kakegawa 1138-24, ☎ 053 724-8711, . 9am-5pm. Kakegawa castle is the main attraction in Kakegawa. It was built in 1513 by Yasuhiro Asahina and lost to Ieyasu Tokugawa in 1569. The castle itself was torn down in the Meiji Era, so like the majority of such castles within Japan, it is not the original, but the remaining grounds are well-preserved and original, and the castle was rebuilt in 1993 with the original techniques, materials, and specifications. The original daimyo's palace is still preserved here as well. The castle features regular exhibitions within the grounds and is popular on the weekends with tourists from all over the area.Adults 300, children 150; combined ticket with Ninomaru Art museum: adults 400, children 200. edit
Takatenjin Castle Ruins (高天神城跡, ''Takatenjin Jouseki), Shimohijikata Minemukai (off Route 251), ☎ 0537-72-1121. Site of the largest battle between Ieyasu Tokugawa and Shingen Takeda during the Warring States Period.edit
Yokosuka Castle Ruins (横須賀城跡, ''Yokosuka Jouseki''), Nishi-oobuchi Nishida-cho (off Route 41), ☎ 0537-21-1149. After Takatenjin Castle was taken over by the Takedas, Ieyasu Tokugawa had this semi-modern castle built as a base for recapture efforts. Its ruins now rest in a pleasant park setting.edit
Kakegawa Flower and Bird Park (掛川花鳥園, ''Kakegawa Kachou-en''), Minami Saigou 1517 (10 min. walk south of JR Kakegawa Station), ☎ 537-62-6363, . Daily 9AM - 5PM, last entry at 4:30.. A good rainy day outing, this 7000m2 indoor park houses many species of birds which fly freely throughout the enclosure, including owls, parakeets, conures, toucans, penguin, emu and assorted waterfowl. Visitors are encouraged to touch and interact with the birds, and there are opportunities to feed various kinds of bird, see owl, falcon, and eagle flight shows, and get souvenir photos with penguins. The park allows outside food for picnics, or serves a lunch buffet for 1380 yen.Adults 1050, Children 525. edit
Ganesha India and Nepal Restaurant, 613-3, Kuzugawa, Kakegawa City (From Kakegawa Train Station, take the north side exit and make right at the first street. Walk for about 12 minutes (the train track is on you right) and the restaurant is on the left side.), ☎ 0537213467. This restaurant is operated by people from Nepal and make very nice and tasty curry. If you are vegetarian or looking for Halal food, this is a must go place. They have variety of vegetable curries with rice or naan.edit
Mal's Bar, Tamari 30-1, ☎ 0537-21-0075, . Mon-Thurs 6PM-12AM; Fri-Sat PM-2AM; closed Sundays. Local foreigner bar with live jazz, soul, and hip hop, and good soul food. Call the owner over to your table for a chat, as he is an interesting character.edit