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Shirahama Beach (l) is an 800 meter long beach and one of Izu's most famous and popular attractions. People come to enjoy the sand and sun, and the area is also known for relatively good surfing conditions. The beach is about five kilometers east of Izukyu-Shimoda Station, parallel to the main road. Shirahama Jinja, a pretty Shinto shrine, stands along the beach.

There are shops and convenience stores selling food or renting beach gear along the main road. Paid showers are also available at the nearby shops. The official swimming season begins in mid July and lasts through August; however, with good weather conditions the swimming season can start as early as late May and remain pleasant through September.

Getting there and around

Shirahama Beach is about four kilometers outside of central Shimoda. Take a bus bound for Itadoichiki (ŒˈF) from Izukyu-Shimoda Station and get off at Shirahama Kaigan (lC, 10 minutes, 340 yen one way, 1-2 buses/hour).

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Hotels around Izu Peninsula

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    • Ryokan Izuna
      Budget-friendly
      Located a 20-minute walk from JR Atami Station and 1.7km from Atami Onsen, Ryokan Izuna offers ocean views and Japanese-style breakfast. Free WiFi is available throughout the property. All rooms at Ryokan Izuna feature an ocean view with tatami (woven-straw) floor. All rooms have a private bathroom. Free luggage storage is available at Ryokan Izuna. Guests can relax in the shared lounge, which overlooks the on-site garden with cherry blossoms in spring. Food and drink is offered at the property at an additional cost. There are a few restaurants within a 3-minute walk from the property. An array of activities are offered in the area, such as golfing, scuba diving and hiking. Izusan Shrine is a 10-minute walk from Ryokan Izuna, while Jyukkoku Pass is a 30-minute drive away. The nearest airport is Tokyo Haneda International Airport, 80 km from the property.
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    • Hotel New Akao
      Luxury
      Hotel New Akao is a 10-minute ride from JR Atami Train Station, and a free shuttle is offered. The modern accommodation features hot-spring baths with ocean views, a rooftop garden and a French restaurant. Spacious guest rooms offer both air conditioning and heating facilities. Each room is equipped with a fridge, a tea/coffee maker and a television set. The en suite bathroom comes with toiletries and a bathtub. Free WiFi is availble in all areas.
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    • Guest House MARUYA
      Budget-friendly
      Located in the central area of Atami and a 15-minute walk from JR Atami Station, Guest House MARUYA offers capsule rooms fitted with Japanese futon-bedding. Guests can take a few minutes' walk to soak in the nearby hot springs or a 10-minute drive to visit the Atami Castle. JR Shinyokohama Station can be reached with a 50-minute ride on the shinkansen (bullet train). Haneda Airport is a 2-hour drive away from the property. There is a shared kitchen and lounge, where guests can socialise and relax. Washing machines and towel rentals are available at a surcharge. Each room at MARUYA Guest House comes with a power outlet and clothes hangers. Bathroom facilities are shared with other guests. Meals are not provided at the property; however, there are several dining options nearby.
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    • Guesthouse Nishihara
      Budget-friendly
      Located in Atami and with Atami Sun Beach reachable within 1.9 km, Guesthouse Nishihara provides a garden, non-smoking rooms, free WiFi and a shared lounge. This 2-star guest house offers a shared kitchen and luggage storage space. The guest house features family rooms. Guest rooms are equipped with air conditioning, a fridge, a microwave, a coffee machine, a shower, free toiletries and a desk. The guest house offers certain rooms with city views, and each room includes a kettle. At Guesthouse Nishihara each room comes with bed linen and towels. The accommodation offers 2-star accommodation with a hot spring bath and barbecue. Hakone-Yumoto Station is 25 km from Guesthouse Nishihara, while Shuzen-ji Temple is 34 km away. The nearest airport is Oshima Airport, 56 km from the guest house.
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    • Atami Korakuen Hotel
      Luxury
      Situated in Atami, 1.4 km from Atami Sun Beach, Atami Korakuen Hotel features accommodation with a terrace, free private parking, a restaurant and a bar. The property is set 28 km from Hakone-Yumoto Station, 33 km from Shuzen-ji Temple and 47 km from Mount Daruma. The hotel has a sauna, room service and free WiFi. The rooms in the hotel are equipped with a kettle. Complete with a private bathroom fitted with a shower and a hairdryer, all rooms at Atami Korakuen Hotel have a flat-screen TV and air conditioning, and some rooms also boast a balcony. The units will provide guests with a fridge. A buffet breakfast is available each morning at the accommodation. The reception at Atami Korakuen Hotel can provide tips on the area. Hakone Checkpoint is 21 km from the hotel, while Hakone Shrine is 24 km from the property. The nearest airport is Oshima Airport, 54 km from Atami Korakuen Hotel.
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    • Atami Onsen Guest House Megumi
      Mid-range
      Situated in a quiet neighbourhood in Atami, Guest House Megumi is just a 5-minute walk from JR Atami Station. Atami Sun Beach is can be reached via a 4-minute stroll. Private parking and free WiFi are available on site. Every room has a sea view, and guests can enjoy fireworks during Atami Fireworks Festival in a guest room. A shared bathroom comes with free toiletries and a hairdryer. There is a shared lounge with a TV at the property. For guests' comfort, a natural hot spring bath is provided free of charge. Rental towels and washing machine are available at a fee. There are some dining options and convenience store within a 10-minute walk. Izusan Shrine is 1.6 km from Guest House Megumi, while Nagahama Beach is 5 km from the property. The nearest airport is Tokyo Haneda International Airport, 81 km from Guest House Megumi.
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    • Atami Fuga
      Mid-range
      Situated in Atami, 2.4 km from Atami Sun Beach, Atami Fuga features accommodation with a garden, free private parking, a shared lounge and a terrace. This 3-star ryokan offers free shuttle service and luggage storage space. The ryokan has a sauna, a 24-hour front desk and free WiFi. All rooms in the ryokan are fitted with a kettle. The rooms are fitted with air conditioning, a safety deposit box and a flat-screen TV, and some units at Atami Fuga have a balcony. At the accommodation all rooms are fitted with bed linen and towels. Guests at Atami Fuga can enjoy an American breakfast. The ryokan offers 3-star accommodation with a hot spring bath. You can play billiards at this 3-star ryokan. Shuzen-ji Temple is 31 km from Atami Fuga, while Hakone-Yumoto Station is 31 km from the property. The nearest airport is Oshima Airport, 57 km from the accommodation.
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    • Hotel Micuras
      Mid-range
      Located along Atami Sun Beach and looking out to the Pacific Ocean, Hotel Micuras boasts spacious hot spring baths, a sauna and a massage spa. This modern and stylish hotel offers large guestrooms and free Wi-Fi at the public area. JR Atami Station is a 10-minute walk away. Fitted with a relaxing ambience and wide windows, each room comes with a comfortable sofa, a flat-screen TV and a DVD player. A fridge and an electric kettle with tea bags are also included. Rooms with sea views feature a shower booth with a rain shower head. While staying at the Micuras Hotel guests can unwind in the public hot spring baths with a great ocean view, or receive rejuvenating massages at on-site Sanacion Spa. Free luggage storage services are offered. The hotel is a 12-minute walk from Kinomiya Shrine. MOA Museum of Art is a 10-minute drive or taxi ride away. Micuras Dining restaurant offers exquisite French cuisine and fine wine in an elegant setting. The hotel serves American breakfast daily.
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    • ISHINOYA Atami
      Luxury
      Situated in Atami, within 2.7 km of Atami Sun Beach and 27 km of Hakone-Yumoto Station, ISHINOYA Atami features accommodation with a shared lounge and free WiFi as well as free private parking for guests who drive. This 4-star ryokan offers free shuttle service and luggage storage space. The property is allergy-free and is located 31 km from Shuzen-ji Temple. The units in the ryokan are equipped with a kettle. Complete with a private bathroom fitted with a bidet and free toiletries, the rooms at ISHINOYA Atami have a flat-screen TV and air conditioning, and certain rooms have a terrace. All rooms have a shared bathroom with a shower and a hairdryer. Guests at the accommodation can enjoy an Asian breakfast. ISHINOYA Atami offers 4-star accommodation with a hot spring bath. Mount Daruma is 45 km from the ryokan, while Hakone Checkpoint is 19 km from the property. The nearest airport is Oshima Airport, 57 km from ISHINOYA Atami.
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    • atami onsen guesthouse nagomi
      Budget-friendly
      Featuring 1-star accommodation, atami onsen guesthouse nagomi is set in Atami, 1.3 km from Atami Sun Beach and 31 km from Shuzen-ji Temple. With free WiFi, this 1-star guest house has a garden and a terrace. Private parking is available on site. Certain rooms also offer a kitchen with a fridge and a microwave. The guest house offers 1-star accommodation with a hot tub and hot spring bath. Hakone-Yumoto Station is 31 km from atami onsen guesthouse nagomi, while Mount Daruma is 45 km from the property. The nearest airport is Oshima Airport, 56 km from the accommodation.
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