Trip with a Rent a Car in Wakayama Pref: A relaxing tour of nature and hot springs
What we'll do
At Sandanbeki Cliffs that is known for its sheer cliffs as a place of scenic beauty, you can enjoy a dynamic view of the ocean from the viewing platform. You can see a panoramic view of the immense blue ocean from Senjojiki (Wakayama), and the bedrock that has been pounded by the crashing waves for ages is a must-see. And the beauty from the sunset as it sinks under the horizon is enough to take your breath away. To bring your day to a close, relax at Shirahama Onsen Saki no Yu with its historic hot springs. Immerse yourself in how spacious it feels from the open air bath that seemingly merges with the ocean.
We can meet here, at the TOYOTA Rent a Car Shirahama Shop.
From JR Shirahama Sta. Ext., 2-minute walk on Tanabe-SHirahama road.
The type of car we rent and the rental fee will depend on the number of people participating in the tour.
*One-way: Available inside / outside the prefecture
- Price per person
- 5,000 JPY ~ / person
- Max participants
- Up to 4 people
- Hosted in English
- Things you need to know before the tour
-Taxis or rental cars are recommended for transportation.
-Transportation and Admission fees are not included in the price.
-Recommend comfortable shoes.
The Sandanbeki Cliffs are bluffs along the south coast of Senjojiki that rise to heights of 50-60 meters. In the past, fishermen used the area as a midan platform to stand on and watch over marine boats and schools of fish. Currently, however, it has become a popular spot of scenic beauty, as the observation platform offers a panoramic view of the Pacific Ocean. In 2016 it was recognized as a Lover's Sanctuary, and around the observation deck are pink post boxes and a heart-shaped monument; many couple visit here wishing for happiness. Nearby the observation platform, visitors can descend 36 meters underground to see Sandanbeki Cave. Easily visited during the same trip, stopping by will definitely be worth your time.
Senjojiki is a sloped, soft, white bedrock protruding from the Pacific Ocean. It's said that it was named Senjojiki because it is wide enough that 1,000 tatami mats could be laid out (sen (千) = thousand, jo (畳) = tatami mat, jiki (敷) = to lay out). Over the years, the rough waves that break onto the shore have eroded the area into the shape it is today. Walking on Senjojiki allows visitors to be close to the ocean, too. When visiting, be sure not to miss the sun sinking into the blue of the Pacific Ocean that spreads out ahead. Nearby, there are also restaurants and cafes to rest at while gazing out at the scenery.
3Shirahama Onsen Saki no Yu
Shirahama Onsen is one of Japan's large onsen hot spring towns, one of the three most popular in the country. Within Shirahama, the Saki no Yu hotspring itself boasts over 1300 years of history. Having been a favorite of visiting emperors, the exposed open air bath where you could catch the spray of the crashing waves certainly has an appeal to it. All of the locations in Shirahama are worth a visit, being quite distinct from one another as they actually draw from different spring sources, which results in their waters being rich in different minerals. If you want to visit an onsen, appreciate history, or just bask in the steam floating off of Shirahama town, you should certainly take a trip out to Shirahama Onsen.