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.
If you are looking for a homestay program where students can experience a truly different way of life, consider Wakayama. Each of the five homestay programs are located in rural areas of the prefecture, where the cultural fabric is bound together by agriculture, community, and tradition. Students can experience a traditional Japanese lifestyle here, markedly different from life in the metropolises of Tokyo and Osaka.
Students can foster deeper cross-cultural communication by staying with a host family and assisting with everyday tasks in and around the house and enjoying local cuisine and customs firsthand.
Homestay programs are available all year round, allowing them to slot into regular school schedules. If you are interested in embarking upon a homestay program, follow the Exchange Request and Determination System guidelines.
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
Shirahama is easily accessible from Japan's main urban hubs. There are three daily flights from Tokyo's Haneda Airport that fly directly into Nanki-Shirahama Airport. Flying time is around 90 minutes.Alternatively,express trains from Osaka run down the beautiful Kii peninsula coastline, arriving in Shirahama in around 2 hours 30 minutes.