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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
Location of Shirahama in Wakayama Prefecture
|• Mayor||Yuzo Mizumoto (since March 2010)|
|• Total||201.04 km2 (77.62 sq mi)|
|Population (January 31, 2012)|
|• Density||116.02/km2 (300.5/sq mi)|
|Time zone||Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)|
|- Tree||Cherry blossom|
|- Flower||Crinum asiaticum|
|Address||1600 Shirahama-chō, Wakayama-ken
Shirahama is a resort town on the south coast of Wakayama Prefecture. Its beaches are white sand, imported from Australia. Shirahama is also known for its hot springs. During the summer (July and August), there are fireworks every night on the beach.
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
- 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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