Along the Shirahama coastline, the roaring Pacific Ocean has created some rather aggressive, avant-garde art installations - the spiky, jagged cliffs of Sandanbeki to name but one. However, mother nature is a diverse artist and her sensitive side has also sculpted a work of deep romance.
Access to Engetsuto Island can be made by the Meiko loop bus from Shirahama Station. Get off at the Rinkai stop.
The bus can be used to access other areas of interest along the coastline included Shirara Beach, Sandanbeki Cave and Cliffs and the rock plateau of Senjojiki.
Engetsuto Island is a small uninhabited islet standing off the Shirahama coast, and the sea has seen fit to erode a full moon shaped circle through the center of it. While an impressive natural monument at any time of day, it is at sunset when the beauty and romance of nature can be seen in all its glory.
The sun dropping down into this natural arch is one of the world's most dizzyingly beautiful natural sights, and offers a chance for visitors from near or far to forge an eternal memory.