With pristine white sand curving around a bay of sparkling water, this beach is as close to a Pacific Ocean paradise as you can find. A sister beach to Waikiki Beach in Hawaii, Shirarahama Beach is touted as the best beach in Kansai.
The beach is a 10-minute bus ride from JR Shirahama Station; jump off at the Shirahama Bus Center Stop for the beach.
Shirahama Station sits on the Kinokuni Line—part of the Kisei Main Line—and is about a two- to two-and-a-half hour journey from Osaka.
The beach's white sand was shipped in from Australia
The beach has the earliest starting swimming season in mainland Japan
Opening each year before any other beach resort town on the main island of Honshu, Shirarahama "officially" heralds Japan's beach season, making it a favorite with sun lovers.
The summer season offers even more beach bound excitement as nightly firework shows light up the night sky. The biggest firework events of the area take place here on July 30th and August 10th, with over 3,000 fireworks shooting up into the sky.