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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. For travelers who use our online itinerary creator, Shirahama-cho holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Shirahama Beach and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • Shirahama beach is a sister beach of Waikiki beach of Honolulu Hawaii. A beautiful white sand beach. It has a nice promenade in some sort of green stone from the right of the beach near a shrine to th...  more »
  • It was a nice time at this white sandy beach. Sand was like powder to the feet. Weather was perfect in June. Cool breeze blowing with the warm summer sun shining down on us. Kids enjoyed the playgroun...  more »
  • One of my best favourite and you can rent chair and umbrella. Plenty of food choice and car park at a fee nearby. Water is very clean and you can relax for at least a half day here. You can plan to le...  more »
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  • cute onsen town. The sand is imported from Australia but nonetheless beautiful. You can walk down the street and soak your feet before dinner.
  • I liked it here a lot. It is easy to get there by train and yhere are just a few tourists there currently.
  • Gorgeous white sand and unforgettable sunsets! Absolutely idyllic!
  • 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.
  • Really nice town beach. Sand imported from Australia. Nevertheless nice swimming.