Engetsuto, Shirahama-cho

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#3 of 36 in Nature in Wakayama Prefecture
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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  • August 11, 2017
    We went aim at the evening time. However, that hand was investigating had expected bad weather, scenery, scenery. There was space in the foot soak.
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  • August 11, 2017
    Mifune water from and to the view from the sea is wonderful. Matching and a faint light at the beautiful sunset.
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  • August 5, 2017
    It's a beautiful place to look at and take photos of anytime during the day. It's not necessary to take a boat out to have a closer look at it,  more »

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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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