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Shirahama-cho

A popular resort town with many hot springs and long, man-made white sand beaches, Shirahama-cho draws scores of tourists. With two of its public baths declared World Heritage Sites, the town also has two UNESCO-protected Shinto pilgrimage spots on an ancient road at the foot of the nearby Kii Mountains. Dip into a waterfront onsen, or explore limestone caves and natural arch formations just off the coast. Those vacationing in Shirahama-cho during swimming season (July and August) can watch a nightly fireworks show. An adventure park and large aquarium with regular dolphin shows and a large Ferris wheel provide entertainment. Make Shirahama-cho central to your Japan travel plans using our Japan online road trip planner .
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Temperate climate and hot springs make Shirahama-cho a popular destination year-round with a variety of accommodations. Due to crowds in the summer period (especially July and August), plan to make advanced reservations if visiting then. Hotels line the main beach, ranging from deluxe to mid-range. Some of the establishments are traditional ryokans, emphasizing Japanese cuisine, while larger ones offer a variety of different services typical of a tourist spa town.
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