Shirahama is a onsen-resort town by the south coast of Wakayama. By train, it would take roughly 1hour 30min to reach from Wakayama as I don’t remember there being any express or rapid-express train for stops into the countryside, therefore the train stops at every stop until Shirahama station … and it does feel really long. Looking back on the trip made to Shirahama, I really do feel that 2 days would be a good enough time to explore this resort town, which I only had about 3/4 day then. So I couldn’t really explore this place to satisfaction having allocated some time to the Adventure Park for the children in our travelling party.
At Shirahama, though there were 3 buses abound that could bring us to the various attractions around for about 300-400yen per pax, the waiting time is quite long for about easily 15-20mins plus. If one drove up from Wakayama, I am pretty sure that this place could be covered in a better and faster manner, with a better opportunities for good photo-shots (and less walking hahaha!).
This was the only good shot from within the bus while headed towards Senjojiki. Well … the ideal shots were to capture the sunrise or sunset within the hole of Engetsu giving some of the most beautiful pictures. For whatever reason, we decided to give that a skip and didn’t return back here after the bus passes by this location. I guess we were leg-fatigued with too much walking by the time we were done with other places.
Senjojiki sandstone was probably the best place among other locations in our 1-day trip to Shirahama. It is most unique in the way the surface layers presents itself from the consistent erosion by the waves from Pacific Ocean over time.
Subsequently we made our way to Sandanpeki by foot that was about 3 bus stops away as there were no bus in sight. Bad call … lol. The children in our party were foot-fatigued by the up-slope march. And to access Sandanpeki, admission fees apply. Considering the condition of the party, we didn’t proceed to enter Sandanpeki Caves (located some 30+ metres below ground) as more walking was called for. So we made our way to Adventure Park instead. Maybe the animals there could attract the children and disperse away their fatigue …
First stop @ Adventure Park was food … LOL! To re-charge up.
Well … this is the real deal here below haha!
As a side-note, I probably won’t recommend the Adventure Park to would-be travellers to Shirahama. Other than the good looking pandas, the rest of the showcase was pretty standard, and some of the animals are kept in less than clean enclosures … I am sure there are better places to spend your time. Probably at Heisogen Park, taking a Glass-Bottom boat at Engetsu-to island, exploring the Marine Sports Centre where there could be opportunities to swim with the dolphins, to dive the ocean. And most of all, go for their Onsen, where Japan’s 3 oldest Hot Spring are located here, open air-bath and overlooking the Pacific Ocean. How good can it get :)))