- A well-known hot spring whose exceptional syrupy water will surprise youEbine Onsen
This is a free-flowing hot spring that sprang up in 1934. The large public bath, made by hand by a previous proprietor, affords an unbroken view of the Hiki-gawa River flowing right next to it. The spring water is also good for drinking and many visitors from outside the prefecture can be seen buying it.
TEL：0739-53-0366Other: Click here for details
504 Mukaidaira, Shirahama Town, Nishimuro-gun
10:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m. (Spring water sold from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.)
Closed from Dec. 31 to Jan. 3
Bathing fee: Adults ¥600, Children (infants and older) ¥400
- Skin-beautifying water that is among the best in KansaiRivage Spa Hikigawa
The hot water piped in from a natural spring gushing from deep underground below the Shihara Coast in Hikigawa feels enjoyably slippery on the skin. With a pH of 10.1, it is among the best spring water in the Kansai region. There is a magnificent view of the Pacific Ocean from the large, communal bath.
TEL：0739-52-2370Other: Click here for details
1013-25 Hiki, Shirahama Town, Nishimuro-gun
11:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m. (last admission time: 8:30 p.m.), Thu.: 3:00 p.m.-
Open every day
Bathing fee: Adults ¥650, Elementary school students ¥300, Infants ¥100
- A calm river perfect for your first time canoeingHikigawa Canoe Club
The beautiful, emerald green Hiki-gawa River has a gentle flow that allows even a beginner to experience going down stream in a canoe. If you paddle your canoe along with the gently meandering shape of the river, you can enjoy magnificent scenery enveloped by mountains.
TEL：090-4092-0305（Make reservations by the day before)Other: Click here for details
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27 Hisagi, Shirahama Town, Nishimuro-gun (within the grounds of the Mukaidaira Camping Village)
9:30 a.m.-/1:30 p.m.-
Closed from Dec. to mid-Apr.
Budget: Adults ¥5,500, Children ¥4,500
Time required: Approx. 3 hours
- Discover a large bear that lives on the Shiga Coast?Bear's Rock
This is a rock resembling a small island on the sandy shore in front of Rivage Spa Hikigawa. With ears made of trees and gently sloping island contours making up the forehead and nose, this profile of a bear staring silently into the sea has become a popular attraction for snapping a photo.Hiki, Shirahama Town, Nishimuro -gun
- An open-air bath where you can smell the sea breezeSaki-no-Yu Onsen
This is an open-air bath said to have been in operation since the 8th century CE. The fragrance of the ocean and the great panorama of the Pacific Ocean right in front of you will give you the feeling you are soaking in the sea.
TEL：0739-42-3016Other: Click here for details
1668 Shirahama Town, Nishimuro-gun
8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. (Apr.-June & Sep.: -5:30 p.m., July & Aug.: 7:00 a.m.-6:30 p.m.) *last admission times
Open every day (It may close due to maintenance)
Bathing fee: ¥500 (free for 2 years old and younger)
- The gentle contrast between white sand and the seaShirarahama Beach
Here you will find 620 meters of rustling, white sand beach set against clear, blue ocean. As one of the leading swimming areas in the Kansai area, Shirarahama Beach is crowded with swimmers in the summer.Shirahama Town, Nishimuro-gun Other: Click here for details
- Have an adventure on an unpopulated island you can easily visit by boat! Nanki Kushimoto Resort Oshima / Exciting Cruise to Explore an Unpopulated Island
This is a chartered boat tour that goes to the unpopulated island of Kuroshima about 1 km offshore Koza Port. The caves on the island are left in their natural states and really make an impression. Participants can take part in a fire making workshop, sea bathing and, if weather permits, a cruise around the vicinity of the island.
TEL：0735-65-0840Other: Click here for details
1035-6 Kashino, Kushimoto Town, Higashimuro-gun
10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. *Times are subject to change with the ebb and flow of the tides.
In operation every day
Budget: Adults ¥6,500, 3 years old to elementary school age ¥4,500, 2 years old and younger ¥1,000 (including insurance, etc.)
Time required: Approx. 5 hours
- A group of oddly shaped rocks that tower above the clear, blue watersHashigui-iwa Rock
This group of 40-some oddly shaped rocks standing in a 850 meter row is a Japanese national monument. They achieved their current shape when the rocks were worn away by the erosion of the sea, leaving only their hardest parts in place.Kujinokawa, Kushimoto Town, Higashimuro- gun Other: Click here for details
- A museum that keeps alive the record of a shipwreck that was made into a movieTurkish Museum
This museum displays items from the shipwreck of the Turkish frigate Ertuğrul and photos from that time. It also touches on stories of friendship between those on the frigate and residents of Kushimotocho who risked their lives to save them.
TEL：0735-65-0628Other: Click here for details
1025-26 Kashino, Kushimoto- cho, Higashimuro-gun
9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Open every day
Entrance fee: ¥500
- A white-walled lighthouse that looks down on the ocean from a cliffKashinozaki Lighthouse
This is Japan's oldest stone lighthouse, located on the eastern tip of Kii Oshima Island. It is still in active use to watch over maritime safety. When you ascend the spiral staircase, you can see a dynamic, unbroken view of the Pacific Ocean, including cliffs and reefs.
Kashino, Kushimoto Town, Higashimuro-gunOther: Click here for details
9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
*Visitors may not enter the lighthouse.
Open every day
- Pan to Cafe nagi
Many people go out of their way to visit this bakery & cafe to get breads made using Japanese wheat, homemade yeast and the delicious water of Kushimoto. They highlight the flavor of hard-wheat flour and use different types of dough to accentuate the flavors of other ingredients in breads containing local fruits and vegetables. The pizza at the cafe is popular.
TEL：0735-65-0065Other: Click here for details
1158 Oshima, Kushimoto Town, Higashimuro- gun
9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. (Cafe: 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. *last order time)
Closed on Mon. & Tue. (Open if the day falls on a holiday.)
Budget: Handmade pain de campagne for ¥1,728, pain aux raisins for ¥280, and a chorizo and seasonal vegetable focaccia for ¥324
- Walk next to a great variety of waterfallsHirose-keikoku Valley
You can see the bottom of the river through the clear water of this tributary of the Susami-gawa River. When you walk on the 600 meter promenade along the valley, you can see 10 waterfalls large and small and in the very upper reaches is the Koto Falls, which has a drop of 20 meters and is considered one of the eight great views of Susami.Susami, Susami Town, Nishimuro-gun Other: Click here for details
- The only mailbox in the world standing on the ocean floorSusami Underwater Mailbox
This is a postal collection box set up at a beach diving spot. The items placed in the box are collected by divers every day and then sent on from Susami Post Office. It is recognized by Guinness World Records as the mailbox in the deepest location in the world.
TEL：0739-55-4511 (Club Noah Susami)Other: Click here for details
4857-74 Susami, Susami Town, Nishimuro-gun
- The world’s only aquarium specializing in crustaceans!Susami Crustacean Aquarium
This aquarium displays 1,000 animals of 150 species, mostly crustaceans such as shrimp and crabs that inhabit the sea near Japan. Here you can see the Japanese spider crab, the largest crab in the world, and a rare blue American lobster.
TEL：0739-58-8007Other: Click here for details
808-1 Esumi, Susami Town, Nishimuro-gun
9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. (Apr. to Sep.) and 9:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m. (Oct. to Mar.) *Final admission 30 minutes before closing
Open every day
Entrance fee: Adults ¥800, Elementary and junior high school students ¥500, 3 years old and older ¥300, and free for 2 years old and younger
- French Restaurant
Authentic French food in a resort hotel on high ground. A popular lunch for eating while gazing at the ocean off Susami is springy, fresh pasta. We recommend the dishes made with lots of seafood as well as dishes made using the mountain foods of Susami such as inobuta (a hybrid between a wild boar and a domestic pig) and Kumanoushi beef.
TEL：0739-55-3630Other: Click here for details
1F, Hotel Bellevedere, 4857-3 Susami, Susami Town, Nishimuro-gun
11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m. *last admission times
Closed on Wed. and every other Thu.
Budget: Starting at ¥1,404 for the springy, fresh pasta lunch
- Nakanokawa Noen Purin-bu
This pudding made from pasteurized milk and eggs from free-range chickens from a farm on the bank of the Nakano-gawa River tributary of Samoto-gawa River has the simple, strong flavor of eggs. In addition to the slightly sweet custard flavor, there are six or seven other flavors including baked pudding.
Sold mainly in the city of Tanabe, in such stores as the Yottette Inari store and Kisaikan. *Not sold at the farm.
Inquiries TEL：0739-57-0091Other: Click here for details
Budget: Custard pudding ¥250