Nanki Shirahama Onsen

A hot spring which is well-known as one of the Three Ancient Springs of Japan of Manyo Period

Introduction of Hot Springs (Onsen)

This hot spring gushes out by the sea, at the tip of the southwestern peninsula of Wakayama Prefecture, which is jutting out into the Pacific Ocean.
Shirahama Beach has beautiful white sand and is a sister beach of Waikiki Beach.
This is a leisure hot spring resort, where you can enjoy your vacation. It has a very long history and has been loved by people since Manyo Period. It is also well-known as one of the Three Ancient Springs of Japan.
Now this place is a big resort spot with a lot of hotels and leisure facilities on different scales, where more than 3 million people visit every year. At the same time, it still preserves the shadow of the good old days.

Effects and characteristics of Hot Springs

This is one of the Three Ancient Springs of Japan, as well as Arima and Dogo hot springs. In ancient times, it was called “Muro no Yu”, and a lot of public officials such as Empress Saimei and Emperor Tenji.
The spring quality is hydrogen carbonate, chloride, sulfur spring. It has effects on neuralgia, female disease, cold constitution, skin disease, diabetes and so on.
  • Spring Qualities

    Chloride hot-spring Hydrogen Carbonate hot-spring Sulfur hot-spring
  • Efficacy

    Neuralgia Coldness Impaired glucose tolerance (diabetes)


Access by public transportation.

About 15-minute drive from JR Shirahama station

Access by car

About 10-minute drive from Nanki-Shirahama Interchange off of Kisei Expressway

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