Walk Across The Sea to Chiringa-shima

Click HERE for information about the sandbar appearance times (May &June 2019)
(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).

The 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 an 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

 

May 2019

Date

Sandbar Appearance Time

Length of Time

1

Wed

10:15 ~ 12:40

2h25m

2

Thu

10:20 ~ 13:40

3h20m

3

Fri

10:30 ~ 14:30

4h

4

Sat

10:45 ~ 15:10

4h25m

5

Sun

11:10~ 15:55

4h45m

6

Mon

11:35 ~ 16:35

5h

7

Tue

12:05 ~ 17:15

5h10m

8

Wed

12:40 ~ 18:00

5h20m

9

Thu

13:25~ 18:40

5h15m

10

Fri

14:20 ~ 19:00

4h40m

11

Sat

15:30 ~ 19:00

3h30m

12

Sun

*The tidal range is small, so the sandbar doesn’t appear.

×

13

Mon

×

14

Tue

×

15

Wed

9:30 ~ 12:10

2h40m

16

Thu

9:40 ~ 13:25

3h45m

17

Fri

10:00 ~ 14:25

4h25m

18

Sat

10:25 ~ 15:15

4h50m

19

Sun

10:55 ~ 16:00

5h5m

20

Mon

11:30 ~ 16:40

5h10m

21

Tue

12:05 ~ 17:20

5h15m

22

Wed

12:45 ~ 17:55

5h10m

23

Thu

13:30 ~ 18:25

4h55m

24

Fri

14:25 ~ 18:50

4h25m

25

Sat

15:30 ~ 19:10

3h40m

26

Sun

*The tidal range is small, so the sandbar doesn’t appear.

×

27

Mon

×

28

Tue

×

29

Wed

×

30

Thu

9:35 ~ 12:00

2h25m

31

Fri

9:40 ~ 13:05

3h25m

June 2019

 

Date

Sandbar Appearance Time

Length of Time

1

Sat

9:30 ~ 14:20

4h50m

2

Sun

9:55 ~ 15:05

5h10m

3

Mon

10:20 ~ 15:50

5h30m

4

Tue

10:55 ~ 16:35

5h40m

5

Wed

11:35 ~ 17:25

5h50m

6

Thu

12:15 ~ 18:05

5h50m

7

Fri

13:05 ~ 18:50

5h45m

8

Sat

14:00 ~ 19:20

5h20m

9

Sun

15:10 ~ 19:20

4h10m

10

Mon

*The tidal range is small, so the sandbar doesn’t appear.

×

11

Tue

×

12

Wed

8:10 ~ 10:40

2h30m

13

Thu

8:30 ~ 12:15

3h45m

14

Fri

8:50 ~ 13:25

4h35m

15

Sat

9:20 ~ 14:25

5h5m

16

Sun

9:50 ~ 15:15

5h25m

17

Mon

10:25 ~ 15:55

5h30m

18

Tue

11:05 ~ 16:35

5h30m

19

Wed

11:40 ~ 17:10

5h30m

20

Thu

12:20 ~ 17:45

5h25m

21

Fri

13:00 ~ 18:10

5h10m

22

Sat

13:50 ~ 18:35

4h45m

23

Sun

14:40 ~ 19:00

4h20m

24

Mon

15:45 ~ 19:15

3h30m

25

Tue

*The tidal range is small, so the sandbar doesn’t appear.

×

26

Wed

×

27

Thu

8:15 ~ 9:50

1h35m

28

Fri

8:25 ~ 11:30

3h5m

29

Sat

8:40 ~ 12:50

4h10m

30

Sun

9:00 ~ 13:50

4h50m

*The sandbar appearance time will be updated as required.
Map (Chirin-ga Shima)


(From Chiringa-shima)

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