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Coast / Beach Spots in Wakayama Area

  • Enjugahama Beach
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    Wakayama prefecture Hidaka gun Mihama cho
    Enjugahama Beach is a crescent-shaped beach 4.6 kilometers long and 500 meters wide between the mouth of the Hidakagawa River and Cape Hino-misaki. The first feudal lord of Kii Province, Tokugawa Yorinobu, planted a forest of black pines along the length of the beach to prevent salt damage. It is a well-known scenic spot in Wakayama Prefecture, and it has been selected as one of the 100 best combinations of white sand beaches and pine forests in Japan.
  • Senri Beach
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    Wakayama Pref. Hidakagunminabechou Yamauchi
    1.3 kilometer in length, this is the only walkable sandy shore area along the Ancient Kumano Kodo Route. Also called one of the White-sand and Lush-pine beaches, this portion was once part of the Kumano pilgrimage routed. Renowned as one of the few spawning grounds for loggerhead turtles on Honshu (spawning, usually in May, can only be viewed by permission of the Minabe municipality); it is also selected as one of Wakayama’s Top 100 Scenic Sunrise and Sunset Spots. Mentioned in the ancient literature of Ise Monogatari stories and Makura no soshi, this shore was named a Historic Site of Wakayama in 1964.
  • Shirasaki Coast
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    Wakayama Pref. Hidakagunyurachou Obiki
    This is the shoreline of the Yura Town of Hidaka County. This area is the Wakayama Prefecture Shirasaki Coastal Natural Park, selected as one of Japan’s Top 100 Shorelines. The outcropping cliffs are ideal for diving, fishing, and other leisure activities for which a roadside station and a campsite are available. This coast is also planted with over 100,000 daffodils are scattered across the coastline. During the season when the clusters of yellow and white blooms are at their peak, the tufts of flourishing colors sweep the beautiful coast.
  • Kataonami Beach
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    Wakayama Pref. Wakayamashi Wakauraminami
    Extoled even in the Manyoshu, the ancient anthology of poems, these exquisite 1200-meter long white sandbank is part of the Wakanoura Bay. The sandbank, extending to 100 meters, accommodates many beach visitors in the summer. So popular has this site been that it was awarded special selection status in the seas category for Top 100 Most Comfortable Beaches by the Ministry of the Environment in 2006. With the nearby Kataonami Park nearby, the beach is a delightful spot for walks and dates even in off-season. Only 10 kilometers from the Hanwa Expressway Wakayama Interchange, it is an easily accessible beach.
  • Nishihiro Coast
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    Wakayama Pref. Aridagunhirogawachou Nishihiro
    Approximately a 7-minute drive from the Hirokawa Interchange, this is a shoal beach area which is a part of the Wakayama Prefecture Nishiarita Nature Park. It is equipped with toilets, showers, and coin lockers and draws approximately 16,000 visitors a year. The beach opens every year on the first Sunday in July, and such fun events as treasure hunts are held after the opening ceremony, and one can enjoy clam digging during low tide. With a beautiful backdrop of mountain greenery and rocky outcroppings on both sides, this beach is one of Wakayama’s Top 100 Sites for Scenic Sunrises and Sunsets.
  • Kada Coast
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    Wakayama Pref. Wakayamashi Kada
    Facing the Kitan Channel, the attraction of this beach is its beautiful shoreline. Located facing the Kada Bay, this coast features a natural sandy beach not formed by landfill. In the summer, the coast is used as a shoal beach for swimmers, and on a clear day Awajishima Island can be seen. Camping and barbecue pits are allowed here, with one of its attractions being that tents and other rentals including reservations for meals can be made so one can enjoy camping without all the preparation. There are many other sites to visit nearby, including the Awashima-jinja Shrine where the deities are enshrined for marriage and safe baby delivery, and other hot spring facilities.
  • Shirarahama Beach
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    Wakayama Nishimuro-gun Shirahamacho
  • Oura Kaigan
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    Wakayama Hidaka-gun Hidakacho Oura
  • Hamanomiyakaisuiyokujo
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    Wakayama Pref. Wakayama City Kemi
  • Isonourakaisuiyokujo
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    Wakayama Pref. Wakayama City Isonoura
  • Ubuyukaisuiyokujo
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    Wakayama Pref. Hidaka County Hidaka Town Ubuyu
  • Obikikaisuiyokujo
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    Wakayama Pref. Hidaka County Yura Town Obiki
  • Kobikikaisuiyokujo
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    Wakayama Pref. Hidaka County Yura Town Kobiki
  • Rinkaiurakaisuiyokujo
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    Wakayama Pref. Nishi-muro County Shirahama Town Rinkai
  • Okushinwakanorakaigan
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    Wakayama Prefecture Wakayama Wakanoura
  • Shinwakanorakaigan
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    Wakayama Prefecture Wakayama Wakanoura
  • Isonoura Kaigan
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    Wakayama Wakayama-shi Isonoura
  • Wakanorakaigan
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    Wakayama Prefecture Wakayama Wakanoura
  • Suhara Kaigan
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    Wakayama Arida-gun Yuasacho Machida Suhara
  • Ta Kaigan
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    Wakayama Arida-gun Yuasacho

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Wakayama prefecture unites pilgrims, food lovers, and culture buffs in a tranquil corner of Japan at the base of the Kii Peninsula. The setting for many a Kumano Kodo pilgrimage trail, Wakayama invites those in search of spirituality from one side of the prefecture to the other, from the 100-plus Buddhist temples of the sacred Mount Koya in the west to the inspiring temples of the Kumano Sanzan set among breathtaking nature in the east. Once the grueling hike is complete, make a beeline for Wakayama city to savor some of the country's most delicious ramen noodles.

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