Shirahama Beach, Shirahama-cho

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With snow-white sands imported from Australia and two of the oldest hot springs in Japan, Shirahama Beach remains a major attraction in a popular seaside resort. The town began importing sand from Australia in 1989, as the area's coastline began to erode. Today, you can take a stroll along 640 m (2,099 ft) of sweeping soft sand, stopping at two hot springs. The beach can get very busy, so arrive early to get a good spot. Add Shirahama Beach and other attractions to your Shirahama-cho trip itinerary using our Shirahama-cho road trip planner .
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  • September 23, 2017
    It's definitely one of the most beautiful beaches in Japan (except Okonawa) but who wants beaches for trip to Japan? Shirahama is nice beach but far less better than other world class beach resorts. S...  more »
  • September 13, 2017
    This individual beach is so big, however, visit every day when Qi Yue to cold to swim in sand near the beach have free hot spring immersion foot, very wrong we live near the beach hotel to Ze Beach very convenient!
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  • September 11, 2017
    As the name suggests, white fine sand very beautiful pebble and shell at least, sandals without scruple, you can walk the sandy beaches. Just swim just so wasteful. Rocky stepped off the right hand watching the ocean along the sandy beaches and within walking distance you can reach. There is a paradise of fish! Grunt from cute tropical fish 2-3 cm 50 cm or so of what? To be found in the immediate vicinity. Take a look at the to go for snorkeling. If it's sunny Splash Guard is required. It will be a tough back?
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  • June 8, 2017
    cute onsen town. The sand is imported from Australia but nonetheless beautiful. You can walk down the street and soak your feet before dinner.
  • June 4, 2017
    I liked it here a lot. It is easy to get there by train and yhere are just a few tourists there currently.
  • May 8, 2017
    Gorgeous white sand and unforgettable sunsets! Absolutely idyllic!
  • June 25, 2017
    Lazy town with amazing soft sand beach and sea breezes. A place to unwind and relax.
  • March 8, 2017
    Best beach in the Kansai area; just a few hours by bus from Osaka/Kyoto and you're transported to a tropical climate with clear blue water and white sand. Enjoy the beach in the afternoon, walk over and see the sights/sunset at Senjojiki/Sandanbeki or Engetsuto island. Finish off the night chilling on the beach playing with fireworks. Check the weather/waves before you go though; they get pretty powerful and they will prevent people from entering the water as a result. To be fair, they do have a valid point - we snuck off to another beach and entered the water only to realize that the rip currents were really dangerous.

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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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