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Shirahama

ShirahamaMap of ShirahamaShirahama is a resort town at the southwest part of Wakayama Prefecture, and is located about 80 km south of Wakayama city.
"Shirahama" means "white beach", and some towns with the same name are in Japan. So this town is often called "Nanki-Shirahama".

The main area is on a small peninsula, and the indented coastline faces Pacific Ocean.
Along the coastline, there are some nice bathing beaches and scenic spots.
Here is a popular hot spring resort, so many resort hotels are dotted near the coast.
Also there are some public bathhouses and outdoor bathes.

The railroad station is to the east of the peninsula, and all limited express trains stop.
And there is Nanki-Shirahama Airport near the resort area, so it is very convenient to visit here from Tokyo.

Nanki Shirahama : Shirahama tourist association official website

Popular spots in Shirahama

  • Shirarahama beach /1/ : Beautiful beach of white sands.
    We can swim here from early May. And some outdoor bathes are around this beach, so we can enjoy through a whole year.
    (The name is not "Shirahama" but "Shirarahama".)
  • Engetsutou island /2/ : Small rock island with a round hole located about 1 km northwest of Shirarahama. It is a symbol of Shirahama.
    The view of sunset is popular.
  • Shirahama undersea observation tower /3/ : It is located about 1 km southwest of Shirarahama. The nickname is "Coral Princess".
    We can see the world of the sea about 8 meters deep. Around this area, tropical fishes also come.
  • Senjojiki bedrock /4/ : Very wide sloping bedrock facing the sea.
    The bedrock is made of friable sandstone, so the surface has been eroded by waves.
    This spot is also popular for the view of sunset.
  • Sandanbeki rocky cliff /5/ : The steep rocky cliffs about 50-60 meter high facing the sea. The length is about 2 km.
    There is an observatory on the cliff.
    The cliff has a sea cave. We can go down from the top of the cliff in an elevator.
Scenic or Nature / Park or Garden / Resort / City, Town or Village / Quarter or Street /
Temple or Shrine / Museum or Laboratory / Market or Commercial facility / Factory /
Other Building or Construction / Historic place / Remains / World Heritage Site

How to get to here

By railroad

By JR limited express "Kuroshio", from Ten'noji in Osaka to Shirahama station, about 2 hour 5-10 minutes.
From Shirahama station, about 15-20 minutes around Shirarahama by route bus.
The route buses run along the coast with above popular spots.

By airplane

About 1 hour and 10-15 minutes from Haneda (Tokyo) to Nanki-Shirahama airport.
From airport, about 10-15 minutes around Shirarahama by route bus.




Shirahama hot spring resort
Outdoor publuc bath near sea
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Shirarahama
Engetsutou
Engetsutou at sunset
Shirahama undersea observation tower Senjojiki
Sandanbeki Sea cave of Sandanbeki

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