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Engetsuto, Shirahama-cho

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Island Landmark
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. Plan to visit Engetsuto during your Shirahama-cho vacation using our convenient Shirahama-cho trip itinerary maker.
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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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  • An almost perfectly round hole makes for an interesting full-moon look alike. It is on the way from Ezura beach to Shirahama Beach. A nice walk.  more »
  • A little underwhelmed by this attraction. Strictly speaking it is just a natural structure in which at opportune locations the sun can be seen shining through the hole in the island and photographs be...  more »
  • It is a very good spot for photo taking, especially when you are on the jetty. You can also fish there - same as what locals do.  more »