Walk Across The Sea to Chiringa-shima

Click HERE for information about the sandbar appearance times ( September & October 2022)
(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 2022

 

Date

Sandbar Appearance Time

Length of Time

Sep.1

Thu

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

×

Sep.2

Fri

Sep.3

Sat

Sep.4

Sun

Sep.5

Mon

Sep.6

Tue

8;35 ~ 10;40

2h5m

Sep.7

Wed

9:15 ~ 12:20

3h5m

Sep.8

Thu

9:55 ~ 13:30

3h35m

Sep.9

Fri

10:40 ~ 14:20

3h40m

Sep.10

Sat

11:25 ~ 15:00

3h35m

Sep.11

Sun

12:15 ~ 15:30

3h15m

Sep.12

Mon

13:05 ~ 15:45

2h40m

Sep.13

Tue

14:05 ~ 15:50

1h45m

Sep.14

Wed

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

×

Sep.15

Thu

Sep.16

Fri

Sep.17

Sat

Sep.18

Sun

Sep.19

Mon

Sep.20

Tue

Sep.21

Wed

Sep.22

Thu

10:20 ~ 12:05

1h45m

Sep.23

Fri

10:40 ~ 13:00

2h20m

Sep.24

Sat

11;05 ~ 13:45

2h40m

Sep.25

Sun

11:35 ~ 14:15

2h40m

Sep.26

Mon

12:10 ~ 14:45

2h35m

Sep.27

Tue

12:55 ~ 15:05

2h10m

Sep.28

Wed

13:45 ~ 15:20

1h35m

Sep.29

Thu

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

×

Sep.30

Fri

 

 

October 2022

 

Date

Sandbar Appearance Time

Length of Time

Oct.1

Sat

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

×

Oct.2

Sun

Oct.3

Mon

Oct.4

Tue

Oct.5

Wed

8:30 ~ 10:25

1h55m

Oct.6

Thu

9:15 ~ 11:55

2h40m

Oct.7

Fri

10:00 ~ 12:55

2h55m

Oct.8

Sat

10:45 ~ 13:40

2h55m

Oct.9

Sun

11:30 ~ 14:10

2h40m

Oct.10

Mon

12:20 ~ 14:30

2h10m

Oct.11

Tue

13:10 ~ 14:40

1h30m

Oct.12

Wed

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

×

Oct.13

Thu

Oct.14

Fri

Oct.15

Sat

Oct.16

Sun

Oct.17

Mon

Oct.18

Tue

Oct.19

Wed

Oct.20

Thu

Oct.21

Fri

9:55 ~ 11:10

1h15m

Oct.22

Sat

10:20 ~ 12:10

1h50m

Oct.23

Sun

10:45 ~ 12:55

2h0m

Oct.24

Mon

11:20 ~ 13:30

2h10m

Oct.25

Tue

12:05 ~ 13:55

1h50m

Oct.26

Wed

12:50 ~ 14:20

1h30m

Oct.27

Thu

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

×

Oct.28

Fri

Oct.29

Sat

Oct.30

Sun

Oct.31

Mon

 

Map (Chirin-ga Shima)

(From Chiringa-shima)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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