Shirarahama Beach, Shirahama-cho

4.4
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With snow-white sands imported from Australia and two of the oldest hot springs in Japan, Shirarahama Beach remains a major attraction in a popular seaside resort. The town began importing sand from Australia in 1989, as the area's coastline began to erode. Today, you can take a stroll along 640 m (2,099 ft) of sweeping soft sand, stopping at two hot springs. The beach can get very busy, so arrive early to get a good spot. Add Shirarahama Beach and other attractions to your Shirahama-cho trip itinerary using our Shirahama-cho road trip planner.
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  • Great, relaxation and beautiful beach. We stayed at Hotel Umisato which has a great view of the beach and wonderful sunset. The hotel offers accommodation, buffet seafood and buffet breakfast for...  more »
  • The white sand here is absolutely breathtaking, and at least when we visited in September (when it was still absolutely short sleeve and sandal weather) it was nearly empty!  more »
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  • Absolutely gorgeous beach. The sand is imported from Australia and doesn’t feel coarse at all. I visited during the winter so there was no possibility of going into the ocean water. However, the beach is very clean and the water is clear as well! This a must visit if you’re in the area.
  • Had a great time here. It was really nice to see a beach with lifeguards and garbage cans (I go to beaches all over Japan and it's a first). Really had that vacation feel to the place and offered up a lot to do even if the beach isn't your thing. Pretty good food nearby and decent snorkeling as well. Can't wait to go back.
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