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Works of Art Created by Nature

The warm Kuroshio Current is flows through the Pacific Ocean. Nanki Shirahama is located by the blue ocean, surrounded by water on three sides. The waves have beaten against these rocks for thousands of years, creating spectacular natural works of art. Shirahama is a city with a long history, and is famous for its hot springs. With each visit it has new charms to offer. The hot springs,mentioned in the Nihon Shoki and the Manyoushu,two of Japan's oldest works of literature,have been healing people in body and soul for over one thousand years. They well forth incessantly, and the hot water warms the body from within. The sheer cliff, the inter-layered rocks, the deep caves….this magnificent scenery, most beautiful at sunset,unites the viewer with nature, and brings purity and peace to the spirit.


Located south, just off the Rinkai inlet is a small islet 130 meters in length from north to south, 35 meters in width and 25 meters in height. The island's offical name is Takashima. Because of erosion,the center of island has an opening that resembles the full moon. Today, because of this resemblance, people refer to the islet as the Engetsuto (Full Moon Island). During the summer and winter sunsets, the silhouette of the Engetsuto is an example of nature's wonder and beauty.


Shirarahama Beach is located in Kanayama Bay. This beach extends some 640 meters along the shallow waters of the bay. Consisting of 90 percent quartz, the sand is, as the name "Shirarahama" suggests,pure white. During the summer the beach is lined with palm trees. This gives the beach the atmosphere of a tropical resort. Shirarahama beach and Hawaii's Waikiki beach have been sister beaches since 2000.


Stretching out into the Pacific Ocean, this soft, sandy rock dates from the Tertiary period and was formed by centuries of erosion. This enormous protrusion looks like a huge tatami mat. A beautiful sight to see.


50 meters in height, these breath-taking cliffs can be found on the south shore of Senjojiki. Long, long ago, these cliffs were used as a look-out point from which swarms of fish and passing ships were easily spotted. The face of the cliffs extends 2㎞ from south to north. Here is where one of nature's spectacular sights can be seen, the ocean's black current unleashing wave after wave and sending them crashing up against the cliff.


Ancient tales tell us that the Kumano Pirates of the Heian Era (794-1185) mabe this cave their secret lair. An elevator will take you 36m below ground to the pirate's hiding spot, where a world of adventure and mystery awaits you.

Name  Sandanbeki Cave
The nearest 
bus station
Business Hour  8:00~17:00
 (Final admission 16:50)
Open throughout the year
(Temporary closed in December)
AdmissionAdult & Student 1,300
Child 650

※Inquires answered in Japanese only.