Kansai International AirportThe nearest international airport. On weekdays there are three highway buses that leave from Rinku Town, one train stop away on JR or Nankai, and make multiple stops in the Shirahama area (2 hr 40 min to Shirahama Bus Center, ¥2680 + ¥370 train fare). Otherwise take a JR commuter train to either Hineno or Wakayama (changing in Hineno) and transfer to the Kuroshio limited express (about 2 hr 15 min, ¥4730).
Shirahama stationLocated on the JR West Kinokuni line. Kuroshio limited express trains run hourly from Shin-Osaka (2 hr 30 min, ¥5600) and Tennoji (2 hr 15 min, ¥5270).
Three Step CliffA beautiful view from cliffs on the ocean edge that are 50 meters high. There is also a guided tour into to the caverns inside the cliffs. It is said that pirates (kumano suigun)used to inhabit the caverns and the remains of their dwellings can be seen. A good tour for young children and dads trying to avoid shopping. Admission charged.
SenjojikiA beautiful rocky point near Shirahama beach. The view is best late in the afternoon. Admission is free.
Kishu MuseumA small but interesting museum housing Ukiyo-e prints of all "Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji" by Andō Hiroshige among some quality pottery and screens.
Engetsu IslandA small island in Shirahama bay (20 minutes walk from the mean beach to get in front of it). A rock formation with a hole in the middle allows in some days to see the Sun set through it. An enjoyable view and stroll in any (not too hot or humid) day.
Kumano KodoOld road.
Shirahama Sakinoyu OnsenThis spectacular hot spring is celebrated as one of Japan's Top 3 hot springs and cited in old texts. As it lies just at the waterfront bigger waves from ocean cool down the pool's hot water and splash the bathers which adds to the fun and pleasure.
- Guesthouse shirahama, a cool small guest house with dorm and group rooms ¥2000 a night
Koganoi Bay Hotel
Shiraraso Grand Hotel
Minshuku A Course