Series “Selected Hot Springs in Japan” – Shirahama
One of Japan’s Three Ancient Hot Springs, Shirahama Onsen is a leading sightseeing spot known as a resort with a beautiful contrast of white sand and ocean. We will introduce you to places where you can thoroughly enjoy Shirahama.
A history of more than 1350 years
Shirahama Onsen appears in “Nihon Shoki,” the oldest chronicles of Japan, and is said that successive emperors visited the hot spring. There are many outdoor hot springs along the coast, and you will find various types of hot springs quite enjoyable.
The bath is so close to the ocean that you may be splashed by the waves, and you will get a feeling of release! Sakinoyu is an open-air bath enveloped with the smell of sulfur, drawing hot water from the oldest natural hot spring in Shirahama called Miyuki.
●1668, Yusaki, Shirahamacho, Nishimuro-gun, Wakayama Prefecture
●8:00-18:00 (business hours may vary with the seasons) *Last admission is 30 minutes before closing time
●Open year round
●500 yen (expected price) *420 yen until May 31, 2017
You can have a sweeping view of Shirahama Beach from Shirarayu, and it is liked as a Japanese style public bath along with retro atmosphere. The hot spring is sure to take away all your strains as you relax and watch the sunset.
●3313-1, Shirahama, Shirahamacho, Nishimuro-gun, Wakayama Prefecture
●7:00-22:00 *Last admission is 30 minutes before closing time
●Closed on Thursdays
●Adults 420 yen
A sacred place of gourmets, “Toretore Market Nanki Shirahama”
You will find Wakayama gourmet, such as various seafood from all over Japan, plums, and oranges. You can have a taste of sashimi, grilled seafood, etc. They also have a hot spring and accommodation. It is popular as a food and leisure complex.
●Toretore Market Nanki Shirahama
●0120-811-378 (from landline)／0739-42-1010 (from cell phones)
●2521, Katata, Shirahamacho, Nishimuro-gun, Wakayama Prefecture
●8:30-18:30 (business hours may vary with busyness )
●No scheduled holidays
Built by the seashore in a grand manner, “Hamachidori-no-yu Kaishu”
It is a popular Japanese-style inn built on a cape near Senjojiki, a plateau of huge rocks, and from their open-air mixed bath, you can see as far as the horizon. You’ll have the hot spring and the great view all to yourself if you use the guest room with a private open-air bath, or a chartered bath that uniquely uses the barrel for pickled plum, which is their local specialty, as a bathtub.
●1698-1, Shirahamacho, Nishimuro-gun, Wakayama Prefecture
●1 night including 2 meals, 2 people share 1 room: Starting from 24,500 yen per person (tax and service charge included, 150 yen bathing tax should be paid separately)
*The above information was last updated March 1, 2017. For further information, please contact the facilities directly.
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