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Shirahama Beach

Shirahama-cho, Nishimuro-gun, Wakayama Prefecture 649-2211, Japan
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Type: Beaches, Marinas, Bodies of Water
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

We bought a 3 day bus pass only to use the bus on the first day and last day to get to/fro from the hotel to the station - what a waste!. Bus schedule is also not very often. We rented bicyles from the Shirahama tourist information centre near the beach. We cycled around Shirahama (in a loop starting from... More

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Hong Kong, China
19 reviews 19 reviews
7 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

We stayed here for three days in this summer. Initially we chose the place for her famous onsen (hot spring) but found that it's also famous for the beautiful beach, one of the best 55 beaches in Japan. The sands are very smooth and you felt very comfortable on walking. I have visited many beaches in the world, like Bondi... More

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Oakland, California
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66 reviews 66 reviews
24 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

Well the beach itself is gorgeous with perfect white sand. But it's hard to think of it as relaxing, as it's an overdeveloped strip with high rises all along the beach. Still, it's the best beach you'll find in the Wakayama prefecture.

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san jose
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42 reviews 42 reviews
31 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

I was here midday in May, so there were no crowds and the weather was cool. The beach is long beautiful landscaped. The water is crystal clear, the sand a brilliant white. There are many cute little shops to dine in, catch some coffee or beer, or buy souvenirs. Wonderful

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Milan, Italy
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47 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2014

If you are in Japan but you don't have the chance to go to Okinawa and the islands, Shirahama and its beach can be a good solution. The beach has a very white sand and all possible services, including hot baths practically on the beach. During the low season many shops and attractions are closed, but there is also very... More

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Las Pinas, Philippines
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27 reviews 27 reviews
16 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014

In early spring, the beach was almost deserted, which was great for a long, blissful walk. The water was clear but cold and the white and powdery sand offered comfort to tired feet. One can just lie down on the sand and dream. Beautiful view all around.

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Hong Kong, China
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6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2013

I've been there in early June this year. Such a beautiful place with prefect white sand and clear water. Nice sunset view also. Sad that it was a bit too cold to swim. Wanna be there once again for swimming.

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Hong Kong, China
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64 reviews 64 reviews
32 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2013

I searched everywhere on Tripadvisor but no-one mentioned of the free hot spring foot baths here. Along the shoreline and beach of Shirahama are a number of free hot spring foot bath that you can dip your feet into. The one west of the Shirahama beach has the best scenic view and the biggest of the 3 that I've been... More

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Adelaide, Australia
14 reviews 14 reviews
7 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2013

Shirahama Beach is a beautiful spot. The sand may be from imported from Australia, but the water is stunning, the palm trees look fantastic and there are food and drink opportunities at every section - as well as a natural hot springs further up the beach. In summer it is hugely busy, so make sure to book accommodation in advance.

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Kobe, Japan
19 reviews 19 reviews
15 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2012 via mobile

Apparently the sand is imported from Australia, and I'm inclined to believe it as tr sand in the surrounding beach is more like gravel. We went there in mid-August by car, and that costs around ¥15000, and parking ranged from ¥1000-¥2000 per day. It is crowded, and most of the people are sleeping in the sun. The sand is beautiful,... More

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