Walk Across The Sea to Chiringa-shima

Click HERE for information about the sandbar appearance times (July & August 2018)
(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 in 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

 

July 2018

 

Date

Sandbar Appearance Time

Length of Time

1

Sun

11:55 ~ 18:05

6h10m

2

Mon

12:35 ~ 18:35

6h

3

Tue

13:15 ~ 19:05

5h50m

4

Wed

14:00 ~ around 19:30

About5h30m

5

Thu

14:55 ~ around 19:30

About4h35m

6

Fri

 

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

×

7

Sat

6:00 ~ 9:30

3h30m

8

Sun

6:35 ~ 11:20

4h45m

9

Mon

7:10 ~ 12:45

5h35m

10

Tue

7:50 ~ 13:50

6h

11

Wed

8:30 ~ 14:50

6h20m

12

Thu

9:15 ~ 15:45

6h30m

13

Fri

10:05 ~ 16:35

6h30m

14

Sat

10:55 ~ 17:20

6h25m

15

Sun

11:45 ~ 18:00

6h15m

16

Mon

12:35 ~ 18:40

6h5m

17

Tue

13:30 ~ 19:10

5h40m

18

Wed

14:30 ~ Around 19:20

About 4h50m

19

Thu

15:40 ~ Around 19:20

About 3h40m

20

Fri

 

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

×

21

Sat

6:10 ~ 10:25

4h15m

22

Sun

7:00 ~ 12:00

5h

23

Mon

7:40 ~ 13:10

5h30m

24

Tue

8:20 ~ 14:00

5h40m

25

Wed

8:55 ~ 14:45

5h50m

26

Thu

9:30 ~ 15:25

5h55m

27

Fri

10:05 ~ 16:00

5h55m

28

Sat

10:45 ~ 16:35

5h50m

29

Sun

11:20 ~ 17:00

5h40m

30

Mon

11:55 ~ 17:30

5h35m

31

Tue

12:35 ~ 17:50

5h15m

 

August 2018

Date

Sandbar Appearance Time

Length of Time

1

Wed

13:15 ~ 18:15

5h

2

Thu

14:00 ~ 18:35

4h35m

3

Fri

14:55 ~ 18:50

3h55m

4

Sat

16:10 ~ 19:05

2h55m

5

Sun

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

×

6

Mon

5:45 ~ 10:30

4h45m

7

Tue

6:40 ~ 12:10

5h30m

8

Wed

7:30 ~ 13:25

5h55m

9

Thu

8:20 ~ 14:30

6h10m

10

Fri

9:15 ~ 15:20

6h5m

11

Sat

10:05 ~ 16:10

6h5m

12

Sun

10:55 ~ 16:50

5h55m

13

Mon

11:45 ~ 17:25

5h40m

14

Tue

12:40 ~ 17:55

5h15m

15

Wed

13:30 ~ 18:15

4h45m

16

Thu

14:30 ~ 18:30

4h

17

Fri

15:50 ~ 18:30

2h40m

18

Sat

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

×

19

Sun

Around 5:45 ~ 9:25

About 3h40m

20

Mon

6:30 ~ 10:55

4h25m

21

Tue

7:25 ~ 12:15

4h50m

22

Wed

8:10 ~ 13:15

5h5m

23

Thu

8:50 ~ 14:05

5h15m

24

Fri

9:30 ~ 14:45

5h15m

25

Sat

10:05 ~ 15:20

5h15m

26

Sun

10:40 ~ 15:55

5h15m

27

Mon

11:15 ~ 16:20

5h5m

28

Tue

11:50 ~ 16:45

4h55m

29

Wed

12:30 ~ 17:05

4h35m

30

Thu

13:15 ~ 17:25

4h10m

31

Fri

14:05 ~ 17:40

3h35m

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


(From Chiringa-shima)

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