The white sands of Shirahama have been the subject of poems and guidebooks for hundreds and hundreds of years. “As white as snow” one particularly famous one proclaims. Unfortunately the tide changed, literally, and it got washed away. What greets the visitors now was imported from Australia. They did a good job of it though and the beach is constantly being combed to remove rubbish and stuff that floats in on the small waves.
I bought a pair of googles to enjoy the really super clear water. I haven’t been to a beach like that since Egypt. Sadly no coral to investigate, no anything really, but just being underwater is good enough for me.
The minshuku we stayed in was a pretty standard deal, except the airconditioning, which some may consider a life-saving essential, was ¥100 per hour.
One night we happened upon a restaurant/bar that had a foot spa running below the tables outside, so we ate and soaked at the same time which was a novelty. We paid for it via the massively over priced drinks, and my sunglasses which haven’t been seen since :(