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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  • Guests can enjoy the atmosphere and crowded even in winter and summer. Many people, in front of parking is free. Enjoy the beaches around sunset time is in the morning.
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  • In late December, visit relatives House I stayed in Shirahama. I stayed in front of shirarahama Beach Hotel looked beautiful sandy beaches from Windows. It was like tried to beach walk along the beach and hot water of the Shirahama town of hot springs, to soak in there, so really as the name suggests, white sandy beaches and were made of artificial beach. Shadow is sparse because it was winter, watching while sitting on the bench, blue sky, blue sea and white sandy beaches, happy. It was so crowded during the summer season the winter beach is nice.
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  • So far impressed since Sandy is not the local Hokkaido. Scattered in 11 months so the parking was free. Would imagine would be crowded during the summer. Tourism number of people from overseas in high spirits. To hear came from Sichuan province, China. It is global.
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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!
  • Lazy town with amazing soft sand beach and sea breezes. A place to unwind and relax.
  • 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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