Shirahama, Wakayama

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Shirahama
白浜町
Town
Top left: Nanki Shirahama Spa, Top right: Shirahama Beach, 2nd left: Three-stage Wall (Sandanheki), 2nd right: Engetsu Island (Engetsuto), 3rd: Shirahama Adventure World, Bottom left: Tsubaki Spa, Bottom right: Minakata Kumagusu Memorial Museum
Top left: Nanki Shirahama Spa, Top right: Shirahama Beach, 2nd left: Three-stage Wall (Sandanheki), 2nd right: Engetsu Island (Engetsuto), 3rd: Shirahama Adventure World, Bottom left: Tsubaki Spa, Bottom right: Minakata Kumagusu Memorial Museum
Flag of Shirahama
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Location of Shirahama in Wakayama Prefecture
Location of Shirahama in Wakayama Prefecture
Shirahama is located in Japan
Shirahama
Shirahama
Location in Japan
Coordinates: 33°40′41.3″N 135°20′53.2″E / 33.678139°N 135.348111°E / 33.678139; 135.348111Coordinates: 33°40′41.3″N 135°20′53.2″E / 33.678139°N 135.348111°E / 33.678139; 135.348111
Country Japan
Region Kansai
Prefecture Wakayama Prefecture
District Nishimuro
Government
 • Mayor Yuzo Mizumoto (since March 2010)
Area
 • Total 201.04 km2 (77.62 sq mi)
Population (January 31, 2012)
 • Total 23,325
 • Density 116.02/km2 (300.5/sq mi)
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
Symbols
- Tree Cherry blossom
- Flower Crinum asiaticum
- Bird Egret
Address 1600 Shirahama-chō, Wakayama-ken
649-2211
Phone number 0739-43-5555
Website www.town.shirahama.wakayama.jp

Shirahama (白浜町 Shirahama-chō?) is a town in Nishimuro District, Wakayama Prefecture, Japan.

Shirahama is a resort town on the south coast of Wakayama Prefecture. Its beaches are white sand, imported from Australia.[citation needed] Shirahama is also known for its hot springs. During the summer (July and August), there are fireworks every night on the beach.[citation needed]

Shirahama is about two and a half hours from Osaka by JR West's Ocean Arrow train service. There are also daily flights from Nanki-Shirahama Airport to Tokyo's Tokyo International Airport (Haneda).

On March 1, 2006 the town of Hikigawa, from Nishimuro District, was merged into Shirahama.[citation needed]

As of January 31, 2012, the town has an estimated population of 23,325, with 11,149 households, and a population density of 116.02 persons per km². The total area is 201.04 km².[citation needed]

Geography[edit]

Located in southeastern Wakayama Prefecture, the town has a temperate climate. Many hot springs can be found here, most notably Nanki Shirahama Onsen and Tsubaki Onsen. Also, two public baths that are located in the town are part of a World Heritage site. Shirahama is known to be one of the very few municipalities in Japan that do not have "azas", or towns and villages that previously existed within the boundaries of the present day Shirahama.

Places of interest[edit]

  • Kumano Kodo: an old road
  • Three Step Cliff (三段壁?): Cliffs along on the ocean edge that are 50 meters high. It is said that pirates (kumano suigun) used to inhabit the caverns; the remains of their dwellings can be seen.
  • Senjō-jiki (千畳敷?): A rocky point near Shirahama beach.
  • The Minakata Kumagusu Museum houses much of scientist Minakata Kumagusu's books, specimens, and memorabilia.
  • Engetsu-tō: A natural arch just off the coast

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