Natural hot springs and a white-sand beach
Shirahama is a well developed onsen resort south of Osaka, and one of Japan's biggest. In Japanese, Shirahama means "white beach", and the town is indeed set on a 500 meter long white sand beach, where nightly fireworks are held during summer. First mention of the town's hot springs was recorded over a thousand years ago and Shirahama onsen is known as one of the three oldest in the country. There are six bath houses with hot spring baths open to the public, most of which have only indoor facilities. However, two outdoor baths, the coastal Sakinoyu and the Shirasuna on the sand beach, are of particularly popular with visitors.
Here we have selected a few of the sights and experiences that you really should see on a visit to Shirahama.
Visit an Outdoor Onsen
Shirasuna, a beach-side onsen with a large bath that can accommodate about 100 people.
Sakinoyu, an outdoor bath located on the shore, with a wonderful view across the water. It dates back over 1,000 years and is mentioned in some of Japan's most ancient texts.
A selection of tours to Shirahama
Japan Semi-Escorted Trekking
Japan Self-Drive Holiday
Hiring a car to get around Japan is a fantastic way to explore the country, especially as they drive on the left.