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The Beach Resort, Shirahama

Engetsuto Island
Engetsuto Island

A Place Rich in Nature

Sandy beaches and spectacular coastal scenery are abound in Shirahama. These areas boast some of the best beaches nationwide, and are home to historic hot springs.

A natural archway carved over time by raging seas, Engetsuto island is a fine example of natural architecture. Its Japanese name,Engetsuto,is a reference to the full-moon-like shape of its arch. In the spring and autumn months, this iconic Shirahama landmark offers the best views of the setting sun.

Unspoilt Nature

Sandanbeki Rock Cliff
Sandanbeki Rock Cliff

This rock wall is comprised of approximately two kilometers of steep cliffs which are 50 meters high. The raging waves striking the cliffs are certainly exciting and memorable! You can take an elevator to underground caves, allowing you to experience the dynamic presence of the stormy seas right before your eyes.

The Best Beach in Kansai

Shirarahama Beach
Shirarahama Beach

Famous for its sparkling white sand, Shirarahama Beach – the sister to Hawaii’s Waikiki Beach – is touted as the best beach in Kansai, the south-central area of Japan. Japan's official beach season starts every year in Shirarahama, which opens before any other beach in Honshu, making this beach resort town a favored spot for sunbathers and swimmers alike.

Shopping Spot

Toretore Market
Toretore Market

Toretore Market offers a variety of local products, including fresh seafood, locally-brewed spirits and umeboshi (salt-pickled ume.) Feel free to stroll through the market while sampling products. The market includes an Eat-in Area as well as a Barbecue Section where you can prepare and cook foods you buy at the market.

For Animal Lovers

Adventure World
Adventure World

This zoo is home to sea and land animals from around the world. Experience the safari park from special cars, and check out the fabulous sea lion and dolphin shows as well as many other events. This theme park also includes an amusement park for an entire day of fun.

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