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Shirahama is a town rich with history. It has not only hot springs and magnificent ocean views, but also many museums illustrating the history of the town. To know the history of Shirahama is important if you want to know about the town. For people living in the modern age, there is something deeply appealing in the culture a way of life of the past. Shirahama, which has been famous for over 1,000years, is a town rich in culture and with a long history. Taking time to have a look at its culture and history can be very enjoyable. No matter how many times you visit here, you can always feel its charm, as it shows you different faces, and gives you different feelings every time you visit it

KISHU MUSEUM 紀州博物館

kisyuha.jpgCollections of Jpanese artworks such as ceramics and ukiyo-e(woodblock prints) that have been gathered from the Shinou family and other ancient Kishu families are on display four to five times throughout the year.
The only remaining ukiyo-e by Eishousai Chouki, a famous artist from the late 18th century, as well as the complete“36 Scenes of Mount Fuji”by Andou Hiroshige can also be seen.
http://www.aikis.or.jp/~kishyu/

SHIRAHAMA SPA AND FOLKLORE MUSEUM 白浜民俗温泉資料館

onsiryo.jpgThis museum recounts both the health benefits and the historical backgrounds of the city's springs.Indigenous to the area are cedar and cypress trees. Surrounded by the scent of cedar, you can view historical materials watch a video presentation on the history of hot springs.

 

GOLDEN TEMPLE 白浜金閣寺

kinkaku.jpgClosed for renovation.

 

HONKAKUJI 本覚寺

honkaku.jpgSince the Edo period the buddhist priests here have collected more than 1000 rare seashells,lending the nickname "seashell temple".A particular type of shell first discovered it Shirahama was named after this temple.
http://www.aikis.or.jp/~ja3cqq/

 

KUMAGUSU MINAKATA MUSEUM 南方熊楠記念館

minakata.jpgWakayama-born Kumagusu Minakata was best remembered for his research on fungus.
This world-renowned biologist's research materials, specimens, books and many other articles are on exhibit here.
http://www.minakatakumagusu-kinenkan.jp/english/

MUSEUM OF TIBETAN BUDDHISM 白浜美術館

sirabiju.jpgThis museum houses a rare collection of statues and portraits, including icons of androgynous gods, and Buddhist statues from the Tibetan and esoteric sects.The adjoining Kanki Shrine is visited by many for its purported efficacy in bringing marriage and fertility.

Information Guide

NameThe nearest 
but station
Business HourAdmission
AdultStudentChild
Museum of
Tibetan Buddism
・Kanki Shrine

白浜美術館・歓喜神社
0739-42-2589
Sakata
阪田
8:30~17:00
Closed : 12/29~30, 6/29~30
500 -
Kumagusu Minakata
Museum

南方熊楠記念館
0739-42-2872
Rinkai
臨海
8:30~17:00
 (Final admission 16:45)
Closed:6/29~30, 12/29~30, every Wednesdays
500 300
Kishu Museum
紀州博物館
0739-43-5108
Heisougen
平草原
10:00~16:00
Closed: Wednesday, Thursday
500 250
Shirahama Folk data 
& Hot spa Museum

白浜民俗温泉資料館
0739-43-5555
Heisougen
平草原
10:00~17:00 Free of Charge

※Inquiries answered in Japanese only.