Walk Across The Sea to Chiringa-shima

Click HERE for information about the sandbar appearance times (March & April 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

 

March 2019

 

Date

Sandbar Appearance Time

Length of Time

1

Fri

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

×

2

Sat

×

3

Sun

×

4

Mon

×

5

Tue

12:10 ~ 13:55

1h45m

6

Wed

12:20 ~ 14:40

2h20m

7

Thu

12:35 ~ 15:20

2h45m

8

Fri

12:55 ~ 16:00

3h5m

9

Sat

13:15 ~ 16:35

3h20m

10

Sun

13:35 ~ 17:15

3h40m

11

Mon

14:05 ~ 17:55

3h50m

12

Tue

14:40 ~ 18:20

3h40m

13

Wed

15:25 ~ 18:20

2h55m

14

Thu

16:30 ~ 18:20

1h50m

15

Fri

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

×

16

Sat

×

17

Sun

×

18

Mon

×

19

Tue

11:25 ~ 13:20

1h55m

20

Wed

11:35 ~ 14:25

2h50m

21

Thu

11:55 ~ 15:20

3h25m

22

Fri

12:20 ~ 16:10

3h50m

23

Sat

12:50 ~ 16:55

4h5m

24

Sun

13:20 ~ 17:40

4h20m

25

Mon

14:00 ~ 18:20

4h20m

26

Tue

14:45 ~ 18:30

3h45m

27

Wed

15:45 ~ 18:30

2h45m

28

Thu

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

 

29

Fri

×

30

Sat

×

31

Sun

×

 

April 2019

 

Date

Sandbar Appearance Time

Length of Time

1

Mon

* the sandbar doesn’t appear.

×

2

Tue

11:25 ~ 12:45

1h20m

3

Wed

11:25 ~ 13:45

2h20m

4

Thu

11:35 ~ 14:30

2h55m

5

Fri

11:50 ~ 15:15

3h25m

6

Sat

12:05 ~ 15:55

3h50m

7

Sun

12:25 ~ 16:30

4h5m

8

Mon

12:55 ~ 7:10

4h15m

9

Tue

13:25 ~ 17:45

4h20m

10

Wed

14:00 ~ 18:30

4h30m

11

Thu

14:55 ~ 18:40

3h45m

12

Fri

16:00 ~ 18:40

2h40m

13

Sat

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

×

14

Sun

×

15

Mon

×

16

Tue

1040 ~ 1:55

1h15m

17

Wed

10:40 ~ 13:15

2h35m

18

Thu

10:50 ~ 14:20

3h30m

19

Fri

11:15 ~ 15:15

4h

20

Sat

11:40 ~ 16:00

4h20m

21

Sun

12:10 ~ 16:45

4h35m

22

Mon

12:45 ~ 17:25

4h40m

23

Tue

13:5 ~ 18:00

4h35m

24

Wed

14:10 ~ 18:30

4h20m

25

Thu

15:10 ~ 18:50

3h40m

26

Fri

16:30 ~ 18:50

2h20m

27

Sat

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

×

28

Sun

×

29

Mon

×

30

Tue

×

 

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


(From Chiringa-shima)

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