There's no shortage of ways to spend an evening in Shirahama, from taking in the beautiful sunsets to attending performances by local artists or visiting bars and restaurants. Try special dishes, enjoy the tropical atmosphere of the beaches, have a conversation with the locals, or simply spend a quiet evening in beautiful surroundings. The choice is yours.

    Let's explore some of the best places to enjoy the night in and around Shirahama. While the area is famous for its white sandy beaches and hot springs, you shouldn't overlook what the evening has to offer in Shirahama.

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    Shirahama Dyke Shale Rock

    Enjoy the ultimate sunset while taking a footbath

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    Shirahama Dyke Shale Rock lies in the area surrounding Gongenzaki at the northern end of Shirarahama. This site was formed when liquefied mudstone layers erupted and hardened as a result of tectonic movements. This is such as rare geological formation that it has been designated as a National Natural Monument.

    The mudstone veins are spectacular, and the view of Engetsu Island (official name: Takashima) from this area is exceptional. The sunset view is particularly beautiful and has been selected as one of the 100 best sunsets in Japan. There’s also a free footbath called Mifune Ashiyu on the north side of Gongenzaki, where you can watch the sunset while relaxing and healing your tired feet after a day of sightseeing or swimming.

    Location: Shirahama-cho, Nishimuro District, Wakayama Prefecture 649-2211, Japan

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    Kinan Cultural Hall

    See local talent perform at Kinan's largest theatre

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    Kinan Cultural Hall is a cultural facility housing the largest theatre in Kinan. It’s used as a venue for cultural events, the arts, and community exchanges. Most events and performances are held during the daytime, but some are held in the evening, depending on the period of the year. The 2-storey main hall has capacity for 1,224 people.

    Along with the likes of DRUM TAO and Fuyumi Sakamoto, local artists such as musician Keiji Kawashima and soprano singer Miki Kusumoto have performed here in the past. Kinan Cultural Hall is a 15-minute walk from JR Kii-Tanabe Station.

    Location: 1 Shinyashikicho, Tanabe City, Wakayama Prefecture 646-0033, Japan

    Open: Reception: Thursday–Tuesday from 9 am to 7 pm, Hall: Thursday–Tuesday from 9 am to 9.30 pm (closed on Wednesdays, unless Wednesday is a public holiday, and over New Year holidays: 29th December—3rd January)

    Phone: +81 (0)739-25-3033

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    BLUE BAR

    Savour the tropical atmosphere at this bar-restaurant near Shirarahama Beach

    BLUE BAR is actually a bar-restaurant located in the Shirahama Ginza shopping district, just a short walk from Shirarahama Beach. Here you can enjoy delicious food and cocktails in a tropical atmosphere.

    As well as cocktails, mocktails, soft drinks and beer, there’s also a very good selection of dishes such as tortilla pizza, chicken fettuccine alfredo, and Turkish-style spring rolls. You can come here directly from Shirarahama Beach even in your swimsuit, so it’s a great place to keep the tropical mood alive after enjoying a summer’s day on the beach.

    Location: 3309 Shirahama-cho, Nishimuro District, Wakayama Prefecture 649-2211, Japan

    Open: Thursday–Tuesday from 6 pm to 2.30 am (closed on Wednesdays)

    Phone: +81 (0)739-33-9661 +81 (0)90-2111-7172

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    Milk & Beer Hall Tsukumo

    Enjoy oven-baked pizza and Nagisa Beer on the perfect night out in Shirahama

    Milk & Beer Hall Tsukumo is a small restaurant with a wood-fired oven in the Shirahama Ginza shopping district near Shirarahama. With its signature dishes of firewood-grilled steaks and pizzas, it's a great place to get the evening started, especially as they also serve the local Nagisa Beer.

    The pizza dough is made from natural yeast that's prepped every morning. There are also many other dishes to try, such as the warm banana cake, which has been a firm favourite since the restaurant first opened. The wooden interior produces a warm and relaxed atmosphere where the food, drink and conversation will flow.

    Location: 1F Ginza Building, 3309-22 Shirahama-cho, Nishimuro District, Wakayama Prefecture 649-2211, Japan

    Open: Wednesday–Monday from 6 pm to 11.59 pm (closed on Tuesdays, days when there is heavy rain, and February)

    Phone: +81 (0)739-43-0702

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    KON BAR

    Enjoy a quiet time at the bar inside Hotel Seamore

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    KON BAR is a cosy bar inside SHIRAHAMA KEY TERRACE HOTEL SEAMORE. It's a relaxed space perfect for a quick stopover after dinner.

    As well as special cocktails using seasonal fruit, whisky, and sake, there’s also a special daily menu of drinks for 500 yen. You can also order food from the hotel’s restaurants, Sushi Yata and By the Ocean. This service is available even if you’re not staying at the hotel. This is a great way to enjoy a quiet evening in Shirahama.

    Location: 1821 Shirahama-cho, Nishimuro District, Wakayama Prefecture 649-2211, Japan

    Open: Daily from 8 pm to late at night

    Phone: +81 (0)739-33-7843

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    Nanki Shirahama Marriott Hotel Lounge

    An open lounge with a special seasonal menu

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    Nanki Shirahama Marriott Hotel's lounge offers a wide-open space with sofas and tables where you can enjoy meals and drinks.

    A highlight here is the special seasonal menu. The various cocktails inspired by Nanki-Shirahama are playful and colourful, including a cute "panda smoothie" available in seasonal flavours. Tasting menus of Wakayama's local sake and premium fruit wine are also available at certain times. Regardless of whether you prefer cocktails, sake, or desserts, you're bound to find a gem to try.

    Location: 2428 Shirahama-cho, Nishimuro District, Wakayama Prefecture 649-2211, Japan

    Open: Daily from 11 am to 11 pm

    Phone: +81 (0)739-43-2600

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    Moonlight

    Be entertained by a uniquely charismatic hostess

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    Located in the Shirahama Ginza shopping district, just a few minutes' walk from Shirarahama Beach, Moonlight is a hostess bar where you'll be welcomed by the smiling face of Hiromi, Moonlight’s mama (bar proprietress). Hiromi is known locally as an unofficial Shirahama celebrity called "Hiromi Honeybee" for her unique personality. You'll definitely have a good time chatting with her over drinks.

    The bar has various costumes and other fun things to play with, so feel free to ask what’s what. There are options for all budgets, including 1- or 2-hour all-you-can-drink menus.

    Location: 3309 Shirahama-cho, Nishimuro District, Wakayama Prefecture 649-2211, Japan

    Open: Monday–Saturday from 7 pm to 1 am (closed on Sundays)

    Phone: +81 (0)739-43-2516

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    BAR DIVE

    Stop by on your way back from the beach and enjoy a drink under the night sky

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    Located just across Hamadori Street from Shirarahama Beach, BAR DIVE has a friendly atmosphere that makes it ideal for a casual stopover on your way back from the beach. There are several terrace seats in front of the entrance, and nothing beats having a drink here while looking up at the night sky.

    The bar holds countdown parties on New Year's Eve and other celebrations, and sometimes there are half-price happy hours for all drinks. The vibe and location make it the perfect bar to enjoy a night out in tropical Shirahama.

    Location: 1384-62 Shirahama-cho, Nishimuro District, Wakayama Prefecture 649-2211, Japan

    Open: Monday, Tuesday, Friday from 9 pm to 2 am, Wednesdays from 10.30 pm to 2 am, Saturdays from 9 pm to 3 am (closed on Sundays)

    Phone: +81 (0)739-43-6666 +81 (0)70-8577-5503

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    Bar Oct.

    A fresh fruit cocktail bar in front of Kiitanabe Station

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    There’s nothing else quite like the fresh fruit cocktails served at Bar Oct. When you walk in, you'll see fruit lined up on the counter and the bartender will ask if he can make you a cocktail with your favourite fruit. On request, he’ll also create stunning fruit-skin artwork of dolphins, whales, or butterflies, using only a fruit knife, and serve it with your cocktail.

    There are plenty of food options, including cheeses and special sandwiches with fillet pork cutlet. Also make sure you try the tasty morsels made in-house, such as beef jerky and nama chocolate (Japanese ganache).

    Location: 1F Hotel NANKAIRO Building, 41-31 Minato, Tanabe City, Wakayama Prefecture 646-0031, Japan

    Open: Daily from 8 pm to 2 am

    Phone: +81 (0)90-5055-2694

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    Myu Myu

    A lively bar for conversation and karaoke near the beach

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    Myu Myu is a hostess bar in the Shirahama Ginza shopping district, a 3-minute walk from Shirarahama Beach. Enter through the narrow entrance and you'll find 12 counter seats and 30 booth seats inside, with a wide selection of liquor bottles neatly displayed behind the counter.

    The prices are reasonable and you can even enjoy singing karaoke here. Within walking distance from the beach, you'll have a great night out with the friendly proprietress and her easy-going team.

    Location: 3309 Shirahama-cho, Nishimuro District, Wakayama Prefecture 649-2211, Japan

    Open: Monday—Saturday from 8 pm to 1 am (closed on Sundays)

    Phone: +81 (0)739-42-4787

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