Trip Planner: Asia / Japan / Kansai / Wakayama Prefecture / Nishimuro-gun / Shirahama-cho / Shirarahama Beach
With snow-white sands imported from Australia and two of the oldest hot springs in Japan, Shirarahama 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 Shirarahama Beach and other attractions to your Shirahama-cho trip itinerary using our Shirahama-cho road trip planner.
Shirarahama Beach reviews
Went there during the summer holidays twice over the last twenty years and you couldn't see the sand for the amount of people. However, have been going to the beach in September during the long... more »
We visited during the typhoon — water was rough the first few days but the last two days it was so smooth and great for swimming, snorkeling and finding shells. Beautiful, clean, easy feet washing..... more »
Absolutely gorgeous beach. The sand is imported from Australia and doesn’t feel coarse at all. I visited during the winter so there was no possibility of going into the ocean water. However, the beach is very clean and the water is clear as well! This a must visit if you’re in the area.
Had a great time here. It was really nice to see a beach with lifeguards and garbage cans (I go to beaches all over Japan and it's a first). Really had that vacation feel to the place and offered up a lot to do even if the beach isn't your thing. Pretty good food nearby and decent snorkeling as well. Can't wait to go back.
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