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Nanki, a generic name for the entire southwestern part of Wakayama and 100 km south of Osaka, is a large spot of leisure containing various amusement facilities, such as one of Japan’s best white sand beaches. There you can enjoy water sports such as scuba diving or snorkeling if you wish. Nearby are also tennis courts and golf courses, and fishing is available by boat. "Shirahama" literally means "white sand beach". Many large hotels are situated around the beach so that visitors will be just a few steps from the water. Nightly fireworks are held during summer. The appearance of beach culture and amusement parks may be a relatively recent phenomenon, but Shirahama's status as a travel destination is not. First mention of the town's hot springs was recorded over a thousand years ago. Shirahama is even ranked with Kobe's Arima Onsen and Matsuyama's Dogo Onsen as one of Japan's three oldest onsen. Shirahama is a well developed onsen resort facing the Pacific Ocean in the Kii-hanto Peninsula. Its popularity as an entertainment destination and its proximity to Osaka caused Shirahama to become one of Japan’s most famous Onsen resorts. In and around Shirahama are many places of natural beauty visited by a large number of tourists throughout the year. There's nothing better than a nice relaxing soak in the onsen after a hot summer fun filled day at the white sand beach at Shirahama.
Different minerals provide different health benefits, and relaxing effect.
Experience Buddhist training and lodging at Mt. Koya san for a great spiritual experience
Japan's tallest waterfall with single uninterrupted drop
Famous for Koyasan Kongobu-ji Temple
Group of pilgrimage routes that lead to the sacred Kumano Sanzan
Great view of Wakayama and a popular cherry blossom site
Small village reproducing a town from the Edo and Meiji times
Major amusement park in Mie featuring a water park and onsen