Japan Trip: Wakayama Adventure World Meet Giant Panda Shirahama, Wakayama01
Shirahama is a well developed hot spring(onsen) resort 100 kilometers south of Osaka. Caused of its proximity to Osaka, caused Shirahama to become one of Japan’s three biggest onsen resorts, along with Atami on the Izu Peninsula and Beppu on Kyushu.
Many large hotels are located around the beach so that visitors will be just a few steps from the water. Fireworks are held during summer.
Wakayama Adventure World
A large amusement park with a Ocean View Ferris Wheel and Merry-Go-Round as well as animal parks. A particular rarity, the amusement park has panda bears in one their zoo sections.
Hours: 9:30 to 17:00 (until 21:00 in August)
Closed: The 2nd and 4th Wednesday of every month; every Wednesday from December to February
Admission: 4100 yen
Adventure World has a good English website.