Engetsuto, Shirahama-cho

Just off the Rinkai shore sits Engetsuto, a small rock island famous for its circular hole formation. Waves and wind have caused the siltstone, sandstone, and conglomerate rock to erode, over time creating the hollow section. Clear blue water surrounds the island, where the hole perfectly faces out toward the horizon. Many people come here for the sunset experience, as the sun pierces through the island when it is perfectly aligned. Make sure you bring your camera. To visit Engetsuto on your trip to Shirahama-cho, use our Shirahama-cho trip planner .
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  • This is a must see!! We reached about 4.45pm & waited for the sun to set. As we self drive, we just park the car at a car park along the road but we later realised that lots of cars just park along th...  more »
  • Sunny evening during a visit! It is indeed one of the best sunset of Japan. Somehow romantic and two with closer. Travelling with children or glass-bottom boat cruise is a little Shobo. but attractions Aquarium, so good if you have time.
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  • Near the hotel where we stayed, so I went. Island, fine, round, hollowed out and the beauty of nature's thought.
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Where to stay in Shirahama-cho

Temperate climate and hot springs make Shirahama-cho a popular destination year-round with a variety of accommodations. Due to crowds in the summer period (especially July and August), plan to make advanced reservations if visiting then. Hotels line the main beach, ranging from deluxe to mid-range. Some of the establishments are traditional ryokans, emphasizing Japanese cuisine, while larger ones offer a variety of different services typical of a tourist spa town.
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