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Shirarahama is a vast bow-shaped sandy beach facing the shallow waters of Kanayama Bay. The beach stretches out for 600 meters and just like the name suggests, has beautiful white sand. Shirarahama is known as the best beach in the Kansai area and during the busy season is covered with a rainbow of beach umbrellas and bustling with visitors every year. In 2000, Shirarahama was made sister beaches with Hawaii’s Waikiki Beach and has a great tropical atmosphere. The beach is located in the center of the Shirahama Onsen hot spring area so visiting the beautiful beach outside of the busy summer season has its own quiet charm.
- Shirahama, Shirahama-cho, Nishimuro-gun, Wakayama
- Contact No.
- From the JR Shirahama Train Station, take a Meiko Bus headed for Shinyuzaki or Sandanbeki for 15 minutes and get off at the Shirarahama bus stop from which it is a short walk.
- Opening Hours / Holidays
- Official Website
- Time Required
- 30 minutes
- Admission fee
- Admission Free
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Tropical Shirarahama Beach Area
Shirarahama is without a doubt the number one beach area in the Kansai area with its soft waves rolling from the shallows over the white sand. The palm tree leaf umbrellas lining the beach along with the contrast of the blue sky and white sandy beach make for a remarkable tropical atmosphere. Shirarahama is also included in the “Top 100 Beaches in Japan.”
Beautiful Sunsets of Shirarahama
Shirarahama also has a great reputation for magnificent sunsets. In the early evening you can enjoy the beauty of Shirarahama outside of the busy beach season. During summer there are firework shows and in winter beautiful illuminations. Walking barefoot on the soft white sand while watching the sea is something to enjoy all year round here at Shirarahama.
One of Japan’s Top Three Ancient Hot Springs: Shirahama Onsen
Shirarahama is located in the center of the Shirasuna Onsen area. The hot springs have been well known since ancient times and are counted as one of the top three ancient onsen in Japan. History aside, this hot spring area is also considered as one of the top three onsen areas in Japan. Many of the onsen here offer great views of Shirarahama so you can enjoy your time in outside baths right next to the rolling waves! Drop by the tourist information center, so you can pick up helpful pamphlets with detailed information on the various onsen in the area.
Located about a 20-minute walk from the beach, one can get great views of the symbol of Shirahama, Engetsu-to (island). The sunsets here are particularly amazing with the island’s dark silhouette against the painted skies, making it one of the “100 Sunsets in Wakayama Prefecture.”
Stretching across 2 km and standing at heights of 50 – 60 m are the famous sheer Sandanbeki Cliffs of Shirahama. Located atop the bluffs are observation platforms that look out across the grand seascape. There are also caverns located 36 m underground which one can take an elevator to from the top of the cliffs and see the inside of the caves.