Shirahama: An Ocean Escape
Follow the lush green mountains southwest to the pristine coastline of Shirahama. A peaceful respite from the modern world, Shirahama is home to sparkling beaches and historic onsens.
Visitor access to the area is made easy with the Japan Explorer Pass, offering year-round travel to cities in Japan Airlines’ domestic network at a fixed per-flight fee. Fly direct from Tokyo’s Haneda Airport to Nanki-Shirahama Airport, and begin your adventure.
For the best views from coastline to mountaintops, hire a car or rent a bicycle to uncover the magic of Shirahama.
Delve further into the region
Make the most of Shirahama’s oasis; choose between fun outdoor activities, or just kick back and relax. Spend days enjoying amusement parks and aquariums with your kids. Drape yourself on the sun-drenched shores of Shirahama Beach, reveling in the warm air, sparkling water, and white sand beneath your feet. Explore the dramatic coastline and jagged cliffs that supplement the area’s natural beauty.
Spend the day marveling at the lofty cliffs and stunning caves at Sandanbeki or wander the unique, sheet-like rocks of Senjojiki. Then unwind in the restorative hot spring water at a local onsen; Saki-no-yu is said to be the oldest onsen in Japan and features rotenburo (open air baths) that look right out on the vast Pacific Ocean. Enjoy the thrilling experience of watching the waves that constantly batter the rocks while soaking in the bath. You can even feel the spray from the waves, which makes this rotenburo very unique.
Overlooking the Pacific Ocean, jagged rock formations illuminated by the afternoon light speckle the landscape. Pick the perfect spot and try catching the sunset through the iconic hole of Engetsuto Island, an extraordinary formation forged by the wind and the ocean. On summer evenings, the beaches come alive in vibrant showers of glittering color during nightly firework displays.
Get the most out of your experience in one of Shirahama’s premium hotels: the Nanki-Shirahama Marriott, Infinito Hotel and Spa, Shirahama Key Terrace Hotel Seamore, or Kisyu Shirahama Onsen Musashi.
Overlooking the Pacific Ocean, jagged rock formations illuminated by the afternoon light speckle the landscape.
Recommended route from Tokyo
Tokyo – Shirahama (by plane)
JAL operates three daily round trips from Haneda Airport (Tokyo) to Nanki-Shirahama Airport. A one-way flight is 75 minutes. Click here for more information.
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