Walk Across The Sea to Chiringa-shima

Click HERE for information about the sandbar appearance times (September & October 2021)
(important: the sandbar linking the island to the mainland is only exposed at certain low tides, and then only for a limited time.
Do not try to cross outside of these times).

 

Chiringa-shima (知林ヶ島)

Chiringa-sima is an uninhabited island just inside the entrance to Kinko bay near National Park Resort IBUSUKI (Kyuka-mura IBUSUKI / 休暇村指宿).

 

An 800m long sandbar appears at low tide during the flood tide or the middle tide from March to October.

 

The sandbar appears as a little winding path in the sea, and you can cross to the island along this path.
It gives you a special feeling to walk across the sandbar from the Ibusuki side to the island. It takes about 20 minutes to the island. The longest time the sandbar appears is for five hours.

 

 

Matchmaking Island

The island is known as a matchmaking island. This place was used as a shooting location for a TV drama, and many couples visit the island.
There are several things for these people there.

 

♡ Chirin’s Heart

Two different sized objects are placed on the Ibusuki shore. Depending on the angle to see these objects, they look heart-shaped. It is a good place to take some pictures against the background of Chiringa-shima.

 

Chi-kai (Chi)

Tie a shell on which you write your wish on a chain on the “Chikai-no Oka (誓貝の丘) at the entrance of the sandbar.
Shells (200 yen each) are sold at Ibusuki City Tourist Information Center at JR Ibusuki Station and National Park Resort IBUSUKI (Kyuka-mura IBUSUKI / 休暇村指宿).

 

he shells which are tied on the chain will be dedicated to Ryugu Shrine (龍宮神社) in Ibusuki after a while.

 

Chirin’s BELL

Chirin’s BELL is located on the hill of Chirin-ga Shima. It is said if you ring the bell praying for happiness, your wish will be fulfilled. The view from this place is great, too.

 

 

Walking Across The Sea

Waking across the sea is really exciting experience.
But, it is still the sea, so you need to be careful. If anything happened, a fun day could be turned into a terrible day.

 

Please do not try to walk across to the island in bad weather.

 

The path disappears very quickly once the tide starts to come in, so check the appearance time of the path and give yourself plenty of time to across back.

 

The tide current is very fast around the sandbar, so if the sandbar isn’t visible, please do not walk across.

 

Some blue-ringed octopuses (Hyomon-dako / ヒョウモンダコ) have been seen on the shores of Ibusuki city. They are about 5cm~10cm long and they have brown patches like Panthers’. When they are agitated, iridescent blue rings or clumps of rings appear.
If you are bitten by one of them, you might not feel it directly; however, it injects a venom powerful enough to kill a human. The venom causes respiratory arrest.

Do not touch them. They live in shallow water and coastal rocks.

Sandbar Appearance Time (predicted) And The Amount of Time Visible

 


September 2021

 

Date

Sandbar Appearance Time

Length of Time

Sep.1

Wed

*The tidal range is small, so the sandbar does not appear

×

Sep.2

Thu

Sep.3

Fri

10:05 ~ 11:45

1h40m

Sep.4

Sat

10:20 ~ 12:55

2h35m

Sep.5

Sun

10:40 ~ 13:50

3h10m

Sep.6

Mon

11:10 ~ 14:35

3h25m

Sep.7

Tue

11:45 ~ 15:10

3h25m

Sep.8

Wed

12:30 ~ 15:40

3h10m

Sep.9

Thu

13:20 ~ 16:05

2h45m

Sep.10

Fri

14:20 ~16:20

2h

Sep.11

Sat

*The tidal range is small, so the sandbar does not appear

×

Sep.12

Sun

Sep.13

Mon

Sep.14

Tue

Sep.15

Wed

Sep.16

Thu

8:45 ~ 10:25

1h40m

Sep.17

Fri

9:30 ~ 11:55

2h25m

Sep.18

Sat

10:05 ~ 13:05

3h

Sep.19

Sun

10:45 ~ 13:50

3時5m

Sep.20

Mon

11:25 ~ 14:25

3h

Sep.21

Tue

12:05 ~ 14:50

2h45m

  Sep.22

Wed

12:50 ~ 15:05

2h15m

Sep.23

Thu

13:40 ~ 15:15

1h35m

Sep.24

Fri

*The tidal range is small, so the sandbar does not appear

×

Sep.25

Sat

Sep.26

Sun

Sep.27

Mon

Sep.28

Tue

Sep.29

Wed

Sep.30

Thu

 


October 2021

 

Date

Sandbar Appearance Time

Length of Time

Oct.1

Fri

*The tidal range is small, so the sandbar does not appear

×

Oct.2

Sat

9:45 ~ 10:55

1h10m

Oct.3

Sun

9:55 ~ 12:15

2h20m

Oct.4

Mon

10:25 ~ 13:10

2h45m

Oct.5

Tue

10:55 ~ 13:55

3h

Oct.6

Wed

11:35 ~ 14:30

2h55m

Oct.7

Thu

12:25 ~ 14:55

2h30m

Oct.8

Fri

13:20 ~ 15:15

1h55m

Oct.9

Sat

14:25 ~ 15:25

1h

Oct.10

Sun

*The tidal range is small, so the sandbar does not appear

×

Oct.11

Mon

Oct.12

Tue

Oct.13

Wed

Oct.14

Thu

Oct.15

Fri

8:40 ~ 10:00

1h20m

Oct.16

Sat

9:30 ~ 11:20

1h50m

Oct.17

Sun

10:10 ~ 12:20

2h10m

Oct.18

Mon

10:45 ~ 13:00

2h15m

Oct.19

Tue

11:25 ~ 13:30

2h5m

Oct.20

Wed

12:10 ~ 13:50

1h40m

Oct.21

Thu

12:50 ~ 14:10

1h20m

Oct.22

Fri

*The tidal range is small, so the sandbar does not appear

×

Oct.23

Sat

Oct.24

Sun

Oct.25

Mon

Oct.26

Tue

Oct.27

Wed

Oct.28

Thu

Oct.29

Fri

Oct.30

Sat

Oct.31

Sun

8:55 ~ 10:05

1h10m

 

*The sandbar appearance time will be updated as required.

Map (Chirin-ga Shima)


(From Chiringa-shima)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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