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It is an area of Wakayama that 70,000 people call home.
It lies 270 miles southwest of Tokyo, the national capital. It's also 17 miles southwest of Totsukawa.
A motley crew of slippery sea creatures can be spotted at Shirahama Undersea Observation Tower and Shirahama Aquarium Kyoto University.
If you're intrigued by native and exotic animals, put the Adventure World on your trip list. If you don't have much time, stop at the information center and take a map so you can quickly find the park's key exhibits.
For fresh air and relaxation, pack some lunch and find a shady nook at one of the area's picturesque urban parks, such as Sandanbeki Cave or Shinjo Park. You'll also find plenty of space to lounge about in the grass at Heisogen Park and Osone Park.
Listen to the relaxing sound of cascading water as it plunges down into the swirling pool below at Kizetsukyo Waterfall.
Want to take a nice walk? You'll have a great time down at Tategasaki Rock, a beautiful local chill-out spot.
Leave your phone in the car and give yourself a break from the stress of the modern world at Senjojiki and Engetsu Island. Nature-loving visitors will also have a great time at Mt. Gomadanzan and Yunokuchi Hot Springs.
Don't forget to make time for some of the favored cultural institutions nearby. Savor the quiet and relaxing atmosphere as you check out the collections at the Minabe Plum Museum and the Minakata Kumagusu Museum. You might also want to consider a visit to the Kiwacho Mine Museum and the Mandara Museum.
Some of the more interesting heritage attractions here are Sato Haruo Memoria Museum and Tenchugura. These are great places to get a taste of this region's past.
Discover the region's spiritual side and take in the serene atmosphere at Suga Shrine and Kashima Shrine. You may also like to have a walk around Tokei Shrine or the Kozanji Temple.
Snap some photographs and have a chat with your fellow travelers at Gomasan Sky Tower and Sandan-heki, two popular landmarks.
Head to Kumano Kodo Nakahechi Road Station if you love shopping and mingling with the locals.
Situated near the beach, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Shirahama Undersea Observation Tower and Heisogen Park. Senjojiki and Shirahama Aquarium Kyoto University are also within 2 mi (3 km).
Situated near the airport, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Shirahama Undersea Observation Tower and Senjojiki. Sandanbeki Cave and Heisogen Park are also within 1 mi (2 km).
With direct access to the beach, this Shirahama hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Shirahama Undersea Observation Tower, Engetsu Island, and Shirahama Aquarium Kyoto University. Heisogen Park and Senjojiki are also within 2 mi (3 km).
Nestled on the beach, this Shirahama hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Shirahama Aquarium Kyoto University, Engetsu Island, and Shirahama Undersea Observation Tower. Heisogen Park and Senjojiki are also within 2 mi (3 km).
Situated near the beach, this ryokan is within 1 mi (2 km) of Shirahama Undersea Observation Tower, Heisogen Park, and Senjojiki. Shirahama Aquarium Kyoto University and Sandanbeki Cave are also within 2 mi (3 km).
Situated in Tanabe, this hotel is 1.2 mi (1.9 km) from Shinjo Park and 2.9 mi (4.7 km) from Tokei Shrine. Adventure World and Kozanji Temple are also within 6 mi (10 km).
Situated in Shirahama, this ryokan is 1.8 mi (2.9 km) from Adventure World and 2.1 mi (3.4 km) from Shinjo Park. Heisogen Park and Shirahama Undersea Observation Tower are also within 6 mi (10 km).
Offering direct access to the beach, this Minabe hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Kashima Shrine, Minabe Plum Museum, and Suga Shrine. Kozanji Temple and Tokei Shrine are also within 9 mi (15 km).