Walk Across The Sea to Chiringa-jima

**Walking across to Chiringa-jima had been impossible because the sandbar had been washed away after the typhoon last year.

However, now the sandbar is coming back!
You can walk across to the island again.
In golden week, it is possible to walk out to the island until the 30th of April.

Click HERE for information about the sandbar appearance times
(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-jima (知林ヶ島)

Chirin-ga Jima 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 Chirin-ga 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, 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

 

June, 2017

Date

Sandbar Appearance Time

Amount of Time

6/1

Thu

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

×

6/2

Fri

×

6/3

Sat

×

6/4

Sun

9:10 ~ 11:00

1h50m

6/5

Mon

9:25 ~ 12:20

2h55m

6/6

Tue

9:40 ~ 13:20

3h40m

6/7

Wed

10:00 ~ 14:10

4h10m

6/8

Thu

10:25 ~ 14:50

4h25m

6/9

Fri

10:50 ~ 15:30

4h40m

6/10

Sat

11:20 ~ 16:05

4h45m

6/11

Sun

11:55 ~ 16:40

4h45m

6/12

Mon

12:25 ~ 17:10

4h45m

6/13

Tue

13:05 ~ 17:40

4h35m

6/14

Wed

13:50 ~ 18:10

4h20m

6/15

Thu

14:40 ~ 18:40

4h00m

6/16

Fri

15:45 ~ 19:10

3h25m

6/17

Sat

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

×

6/18

Sun

×

6/19

Mon

8:05 ~ 9:40

1h35m

6/20

Tue

8:25 ~ 11:30

3h05m

6/21

Wed

8:45 ~ 12:55

4h10m

   6/22    Thu

9:20 ~ 14:05

4h45m

6/23

Fri

9:55 ~ 15:05

5h10m

6/24

Sat

10:40 ~ 15:55

5h15m

6/25

Sun

11:25 ~ 16:45

5h20m

6/26

Mon

12:15 ~ 17:30

5h15m

6/27

Tue

13:10 ~ 18:05

4h55m

6/28

Wed

14:05 ~ 18:35

4h30m

6/29

Thu

15:15 ~ 18:55

3h40m

6/30

Fri

16:35 ~ 19:05

2h30m

 

July, 2017

Date

Sandbar Appearance Time

Amount of Time

7/1

Sat

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

×

7/2

Sun

×

7/3

Mon

8:10 ~ 10:25

2h15m

7/4

Tue

8:35 ~ 11:55

3h20m

7/5

Wed

9:00 ~ 13:00

4h00m

7/6

Thu

9:25 ~ 13:55

4h30m

7/7

Fri

9:55 ~ 14:40

4h45m

7/8

Sat

10:25 ~ 15:20

4h55m

7/9

Sun

10:55 ~ 15:55

5h00m

7/10

Mon

11:30 ~ 16:30

5h00m

7/11

Tue

12:05 ~ 17:00

4h55m

7/12

Wed

12:45 ~ 17:30

4h45m

7/13

Thu

13:30 ~ 18:00

4h30m

7/14

Fri

14:15 ~ 18:25

4h10m

7/15

Sat

15:20 ~ 18:45

3h25m

7/16

Sun

16:35 ~ 19:05

2h30m

7/17

Mon

* The sandbar doesn’t appear.

×

7/18

Tue

6:45 ~ 9:35

2h50m

7/19

Wed

7:30 ~ 11:25

3h55m

7/20

Thu

8:10 ~ 12:50

             4h40m

7/21

Fri

8:55 ~ 14:00

5h05m

7/22

   Sat

9:40 ~ 14:55

5h15m

7/23

Sun

10:25 ~ 15:50

5h25m

7/24

Mon

11:15 ~ 16:30

5h15m

7/25

Tue

12:05 ~ 17:10

5h05m

7/26

Wed

12:55 ~ 17:40

4h45m

7/27

Thu

13:50 ~ 18:00

4h10m

7/28

Fri

14:50 ~ 18:15

3h25m

7/29

Sat

16:00 ~ 18:15

2h15m

7/30

Sun

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

×

7/31

Mon

×

 

*The sandbar appearance time will be updated as required.

(From Chirin-ga Shima)

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