Walk Across The Sea to Chiringa-shima

Click HERE for information about the sandbar appearance times (September & October 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 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 2018

 

Date

Sandbar Appearance Time

Length of Time

1

Sat

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

×

2

Sun

×

3

Mon

×

4

Tue

×

5

Wed

7:45 ~ 10:20

2h35m

6

Thu

8:35 ~ 12:00

3h25m

7

Fri

9:15 ~ 13:15

4h

8

Sat

10:00 ~ 14:10

4h10m

9

Sun

10:50 ~ 14:55

4h5m

10

Mon

11:40 ~ 15:30

3h50m

11

Tue

12:30 ~ 16:00

3h30m

12

Wed

13:25 ~ 16:20

2h55m

13

Thu

14:25 ~ 16:25

2h

14

Fri

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

×

15

Sat

×

16

Sun

×

17

Mon

×

18

Tue

×

19

Wed

×

20

Thu

9:45 ~ 10:50

1h5m

21

Fri

10:00 ~ 12:05

2h5m

22

Sat

10:25 ~ 13:00

2h35m

23

Sun

10:50 ~ 13:45

2h55m

24

Mon

11:20 ~ 14:20

3h

25

Tue

11:55 ~ 14:50

2h55m

26

Wed

12:30 ~ 15:15

2h45

27

Thu

13:15 ~ 15:35

2h20m

28

Fri

14:05 ~ 15:50

1h45m

29

Sat

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

×

30

Sun

×

October 2018

Date

Sandbar Appearance Time

Length of Time

1

Mon

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

×

2

The

×

3

Wed

×

4

Thu

7:30 ~ 9:55

2h25m

5

Fri

8:30 ~ 11:30

3h

6

Sat

9:15 ~ 12:40

3h25m

7

Sun

10:05 ~ 13:30

3h25m

8

Mon

10:50 ~ 14:15

3h25m

9

Tue

11:40 ~ 14:45

3h5m

10

Wed

12:30 ~ 15:10

2h40m

11

Thu

13:25 ~ 15:25

2h

12

Fri

14:25 ~ 15:30

1h5m

13

Sat

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

×

14

Sun

×

15

Mon

×

16

Tue

×

17

Wed

×

18

Thu

×

19

Fri

×

20

Sat

9:40 ~ 11:10

1h30m

21

Sun

10:05 ~ 12:10

2h5m

22

Mon

10:35 ~ 13:00

2h25m

23

Tue

11:05 ~ 13:35

2h30m

24

Wed

11:40 ~ 14:10

2h30m

25

Thu

12:20 ~ 14:35

2h15m

26

Fri

13:05 ~ 15:00

1h55m

27

Sat

14:00 ~ 15:20

1h20m

28

Sun

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

×

29

Mon

×

30

Tue

×

31

Wed

×

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


(From Chiringa-shima)

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