Updated: April 17, 2018
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The Top 3 Beaches In Wakayama For The Ultimate Getaway

Who would have ever thought that there are such beautiful beaches right in Wakayama, in the Kansai area? When you think of Kansai, you probably think of tasty food in Osaka, of beautiful traditional sightseeing in Kyoto and Nara, but never beaches, right? Well, This might change. Here are the top 3 beaches to visit while in the Wakayama area!

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Wakayama Beaches

Looking at these pictures, you would probably think that this is about tourism in Hawaii or in the South of Japan, but this is actually right in the Kansai region! It is only two hours away from Osaka and is a very popular vacation destination for its stunning beaches and resorts!

Shirahama 白良浜

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"Shirahama" means white beach because of the white sand covering its shore. It really is a breathtaking scenery, no wonder it is the number one beach resort in the area!
Shirahama has a very festive atmosphere with fireworks on its shore every day in the summer!
If you're a seafood lover, you'll be excited to know that the spiny lobster is a local delicacy. It is as delicious raw as it is casually cooked on a BBQ. Bonito is also a staple in the locals' diet!
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Shirahama, not only has many resorts but also is popular for its onsens, for its diving, for its huge theme park and of course, its breath-taking scenery.

What is more is that it's easily accessible from Osaka by train!

Kino Matsushima 紀の松島

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You can take a cruise and visit the islands and the caves at Kino Matsushima.

The boats leave all throughout the day from 8:30 AM, but stop when there is bad weather.

It is accessible from the JR Kii-katsuura Station and is only a 7-minute walk.

Kataonami Beach 片男波海岸

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For a nice date night, you should take a stroll in the area as you will get a beautiful view during sunset. It is just as nice during the day, as it one of the longest beaches in the area. It is clean and beautiful beach for swimming or sun bathing!

To get there, you can take a bus from JR Wakayama Station, or from Nankai Wakayamashi Station.


When you think of the Kansai region, you probably think of a fun nightlife and delicious food in Osaka, of superb sightseeing in Kyoto and Nara, but now that you know there are also stunning beaches in Wakayama, Kansai now becomes the perfect travel destination where you can find everything you are looking for: incredible cuisine, beautiful scenery, and the beach!
Lili Wanderlust
I love traveling and discovering new cuisines. Japan has a panoply of local dishes to try. I also love yoga, coffee, reading, and cycling.

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