One of the oldest onsen / hotsprings in Japan is located in Shirahama, Wakayama prefecture and the other two is in Hyogo and Ehime prefecture.. I’ve never been to Wakayama (although I’ve been to around 18 out of 47 prefectures in Japan) before this trip so I’ve researched about the area carefully. When I’ve read about Saki-no-yu being the only open rotenburo (open air bath) left, I knew it’s the one. Another plus is it’s by the ocean. I actually tasted, though not purposely, the salt water while bathing there. The sound of waves splashing on the rocks while soaking inside the hotspring is absolutely a surreal experience.
Inside the onset photo courtesy of: www.wakayama-kanko.or.jp
Saki-no-yu / Shirahama Onsen x Ashley’s New Balance
Address: 1668 Shirahama Town, Nishimuro District
Business Hours: 8:00am – 5:00pm（September, June and May: 8:00am – 6:00pm）
Closed Day: Wednesday
Telephone number: +81-739-42-3016
By Public Transportation: 3 min walk From JR Shirahama Station, take the Meiko Bus to “Yuzaki” bus stop.
We got really dizzy for staying inside the hot spring longer than advised so we decided to slow it down by hanging out in a nearby café.
You can actually find caféPb82 on Facebook.
Tried their specialty, Shirahama fish burger. It was heavenly!
Our next and last stop (sadly) was Shirarahama beach (yes double ra, this time). It’s one of the few (or should I say undiscovered) white sand beaches in Japan. Now you now where to go for honeymoon, yea? There are places though that are still on my list for next time such as:
Senjojiki, a tiered rock formation in Engetsu Island.
Sandanbeki, a rock wall and underground cave with elevators (so futuristic, wow).
Ahhh, now comeback with me? There are actually more.. here
. Wakayama tourism, game ON!