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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  • Put a hole in it is easier to take if it ain't fine is? I feel good without waiting for sunset, Park photos I take.
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  • Please check what time the sunsets cause you ;ll want to see the sun slowly dropping exactly into the point in between the rocks. Our guide was super responsible. Need to also exercise caution when ta...  more »
  • While cycling from the hotel we went. It is a strangely shaped island but I don't know why hole opened. The weather is bad, sorry.
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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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