Large leisure spot facing the Pacific Ocean. "Senjojiki Rock Plateau" huge multi-tiered rock that looks like a thousand "tatami" mats.
Nanki, a generic name for the entire southwestern part of Wakayama, is a large spot of leisure containing various amusement facilities, beaches and places where you can enjoy marine sports, golfing and tennis. Shirahama, a center of Nanki, is a typical Onsen resort facing the Pacific Ocean in the Kii Peninsula and is known as one of Japan's three largest Onsens together with Beppu in Oita and Atami in Shizuoka.
Collectively called the Shirahama Onsen comprises the Yuzaki Onsen, long known for open-air bathing in manually hollowed rock tubs and other Onsen at Shirahama opened early in the 20th century, Higashi-Shirahama, Tsunashirazu and others.
In and around Shirahama are many places of natural beauty visited by a large number of tourists throughout the year, such as Engetsuto Island, an uninhabited rock isle with a round sea cave open in the middle of it, and Sandanbeki Rock Cliff with 50 to 60-meter-high precipitous rock walls extending about 2 kilometers from south to north. Another must-see is Senjojiki Rock Plateau, a huge multi-tiered rock that looks like a thousand "tatami" matted (senjo-jiki) floor created by the erosion of soft sandstone by raging waves.
[Rail] 1h 36 min from Kansai Airport changing trains at Hineno (13 min from the airport) to Shirahama Station by JR Line "Kuroshio" (limited-stop express).
[Rail] 70 minutes to NankiShirahama Airport from Tokyo Haneda Airport in Tokyo. Twenty-five minutes from NankiShirahama Airport to Shirahama Station by bus. Two hours and 30 minutes to Shin-Osaka Station from Tokyo Station by JR Tokaido Shinkansen Line. Two hours and 15 minutes from Shin-Osaka Station to Shirahama Station by JR Kisei Honsen Line.
Around the Shirahama Area
- Machinaka General Information Center Shirasuna Tourist Information Offices Machinaka General Information Center Shirasuna
- Wakayama Adventure World Zoological & Botanical Gardens, Aquariums Wakayama Adventure World
- Engetsuto Island Scenic Landscapes Engetsuto Island
- Shirahama Onsen Hot Springs Shirahama Onsen