Relaxation and Exploration in the Resort Town of Shirahama
· Feast on fresh seafood and authentic Italian cuisine
· Relax in warming hot spring water direct from the source
· Find out about the fascinating history of naturalist and folklore specialist Minakata Kumagusu
· Meet Japan's largest family of pandas at Adventure World
Visitors have traveled to Shirahama for centuries to enjoy the healing properties of the onsen (hot spring) waters. The area is still a popular destination for onsen travel; however, there is much more to Shirahama than the opportunity for therapeutic bathing.
Shirarahama Beach is a sparkling bay of pure white sand, and one of Japan's most attractive beaches. Adventure World is a large wildlife park ideal for families, and talented chefs in many of Shirahama's restaurants take advantage of the fresh seafood on the doorstep. And the area is easily accessible from Japan's urban centers. Visit Shirahama for some serious relaxation and exploration.
Popular Spots (Beach/Engetsuto/Sandanbeki)
The beautiful beaches and rocky outcrops that make up the Shirahama landscape are ideal for both relaxation and exploration.
Explore Shirahama's main attractions by bicycle. Most of the area's sites are an easy ride away from each other. There are several rental shops in the Shirahama area.
Shirahama is one of Japan's oldest onsen resorts. The warming water in the hot spring baths comes direct from the source, and some tubs have ocean views.
Getting to Shirahama from Kyoto and Osaka
Access to Shirahama from Kyoto and Osaka by express bus. Bus services from both cities run directly to Shirahama in around 4 hours.
Getting to Shirahama from Tokyo
Shirahama is easily accessible from Tokyo. There are three daily flights from Tokyo's Haneda Airport that fly directly into Nanki-Shirahama Airport. Flying time is around 90 minutes. Alternatively, take a shinkansen from Tokyo to Shin-Osaka. Express trains from Shin-Osaka run down the beautiful Kii peninsula coastline, arriving in Shirahama in around 2 hours 30 minutes. Express buses also run directly from Tokyo to Shirahama.