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Nanki Shirahama Onsen

Hot springs

UpdateMay 21, 2019
ReleaseOctober 4, 2017

Nanki Shirahama Onsen
Nanki Shirahama is one of the most famous hot spring resorts in Nanki area, which indicates Wakayama Prefecture and southern part of Mie Prefecture. There are various types of accommodations ranging from luxurious resort hotels to reasonable minshuku inns to public facilities. You can fully enjoy soaking in baths at hotels and also touring baths of pubic bathhouses.
Several hot spring resorts around here is generally called Nanki Shirahama Onsen. It has more than 1350 year history and one of the three oldest hot springs in Japan along with Arima and Dogo hot springs. Yuzaki Onsen is said to be the origin of the Nanki Shirahama Onsen and described 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, Nanki Shirahama Onsen includes Higashi Shirahama, Tsunashirazu, Oura and Kogaura spas.
Among six public bathhouses in Shirahama, “Shirasuna” has an open-air bath in which you can enjoy soaking wearing a bathing suit. Because people can enjoy it when they only sweep off beach sand just after swimming in the ocean, the spa attracts many people in summertime. Those who enjoy the all six bathes will be given yunohana, or mineral deposit, a kind of bath salts, as a souvenir.
Shirarahama is one of the major beaches for swimming in Kansai area. For sightseeing, Sandanbeki and Engetsuto are a must see with their dynamic scenery. Engetsuto, a 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 nature beauty by sightseeing flights from the sky and also by glass bottom boats in the ocean. Visiting the World Heritage site, Kumano-kodo pilgrimage routes, is another fun. Adventure World has seven pandas including twin babies which were born in September 2008. If you want to see the baby pandas, visit now!