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att.JAPAN Issue 52, June 2010

Nanki Shirahama Onsen

Nanki Shirahama is one of the most famous hot spring resorts in Nanki, an area including Wakayama Prefecture and the southern part of Mie Prefecture. There are various types of accommodations ranging from luxurious resort hotels to reasonably-priced minshuku inns to public facilities. You can fully enjoy soaking in baths at hotels and also touring baths of pubic bathhouses.
A number of hot spring resorts in this area are collectively called Nanki Shirahama Onsen. The onsen has a more than 1,350-year history and is one of the three oldest hot springs in Japan along with Arima Onsen and Dogo Onsen. Yuzaki Onsen is said to be the origin of Nanki Shirahama Onsen and is mentioned in ancient books like Man'yoshu (A Collection of a Myriad Leaves) and also Nihonshoki (Chronicles of Japan), both of which were written in the 8th century. In addition, there are also spas in Higashi Shirahama, Tsunashirazu, Oura and Kogaura.
There are six public bathhouses in Shirahama and among them "Shirasuna" has an open-air bath in which you can enjoy soaking wearing a bathing suit. Because people can enjoy the bath simply by wiping off beach sand after swimming in the ocean, the spa attracts many people in summertime. Those who enjoy all six of the baths will be given yunohana mineral deposit, a kind of bath salt, as a souvenir.

Shirarahama is one of the major beaches for swimming in the Kansai area. For sightseeing, the spectacular Sandanbeki cliffs and Engetsuto (“Full Moon Island”) are must sees with their dynamic scenery. Engetsuto, a small, uninhabited islet in Rinkai Bay, which is 130 meters from north to south, 35 meters from east to west and 25 meters in height, offers a splendid view of the sunset. You can also enjoy seeing the area’s natural beauty by sightseeing flights from the air and also by glass bottom boats on the ocean. Visiting the World Heritage site Kumano-kodo Pilgrimage Routes is another enjoyable activity. Adventure World has six pandas including twin cubs that were born in September 2008. If you want to see the pandas, visit there!

 Access
[by train]
From Tokyo to Shin-Osaka by JR Shinkansen bullet train: 2 hr 30 min, from Shin-Osaka to Shirahama by JR limited express train "Ocean Arrow": 2 hr 15 min (*the time depends on trains.)

[by air]
From Haneda to Nanki Shirahama: about 1 hr, from Nanki Shirahama airport by taxi: 15 minutes

 Inquiries
Shirahama Town Office  Tel: 0739-43-5555



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