Walk Across The Sea to Chiringa-shima

 

Click HERE for information about the sandbar appearance times ( April & May 2024)

(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.

 

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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.

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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.

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 Beware of poisonous creatures!

Although this is a beautiful place with beautiful shells and scenery to distract you, be careful not to accidentally step on or touch poisonous creatures.

Please enjoy the sea with the understanding that fun and danger are side by side.

 

 

Blue-ringed Octopus (Hyomon-dako / ヒョウモンダコ)

 

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!!

 

PORTUGUESE MAN O’ WAR (KATSUO-NO EBOSHI / カツオノエボシ)

The Portuguese man-of-war is found along the Pacific coast and floats ashore on the shores of Kagoshima. It is about 10 cm in size and is recognized by its clear blue floating sack. At a glance, it looks like a puffy plastic bag washed up on the beach.

Although it is a beautiful color, please do not touch it. It is also known as an “electric jellyfish,” and a sting from one of its tentacles can cause severe, numbing pain. It could also be very dangerous, causing sneezing, coughing, increased heartbeat, breathing difficulties, and even anaphylactic shock.

Tentacles can sting even when dead, as they produce poison through physical stimulation.

!!Do not approach or touch it!!

 

By-the-wind sallor (Katsuo-no kanmuri / カツオノカンムリ)

The Velella Velella, which lives in the Kuroshio Sea area, has a clear center and a rounded periphery that is a beautiful dark blue color with a pattern that resembles an annual growth ring. Its body shape is oval, from 5 cm to 10 cm, and its sting is severely painful.

It stings even when dead, so never touch it.

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Sandbar Appearance Time (predicted) And The Amount of Time Visible

 

April 2024

*Please return to the National Park Resort IBUSUKI side before sunset.

 

Date

Sandbar Appearance Time

Length of Time

Apr.1

Mon

3:20 pm ~ 6:35 pm

3h15m

Apr.2

Tue

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

×

Apr.3

Wed

Apr.4

Thu

Apr.5

Fri

Apr.6

Sat

10:50 am ~ 12:40 pm

1h50m

Apr.7

Sun

10:50 am ~ 1:55 pm

3h5m

Apr.8

Mon

11:00 am ~ 2:55 pm

3h55m

Apr.9

Tue

11:20 am ~ 3:50 pm

4h30m

Apr.10

Wed

11:50 am ~ 4:40 pm

4h50m

Apr.11

Thu

12:25 pm ~ 5:25 pm

5h

Apr.12

Fri

1:00 pm ~ 6:10 pm

5h10m

Apr.13

Sat

1:45 pm ~ 6:45 pm

5h

Apr.14

Sun

2:45 pm ~ 6:45 pm

4h

Apr.15

Mon

4:10 pm ~ 6:45 pm

2h35m

Apr.16

Tue

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

×

Apr.17

Wed

Apr.18

Thu

Apr.19

Fri

Apr.20

Sat

11:00 am ~ 12:25 pm

1h25m

Apr.21

Sun

10:50 am ~ 1:20 pm

2h30m

Apr.22

Mon

10:55 am ~ 2:10 pm

3h15m

Apr.23

Tue

11:05 am ~ 2:55 pm

3h50m

Apr.24

Wed

11:20 am ~ 3:35 pm

4h15m

Apr.25

Thu

11:40 am ~ 4:10 pm

4h30m

Apr.26

Fri

12:05 pm ~ 4:50 pm

4h45m

Apr.27

Sat

12:40 pm ~ 5:25 pm

4h45m

Apr.28

Sun

1:15 pm ~ 6:05 pm

4h50m

Apr.29

Mon

2:05 pm ~ 6:45 pm

4h40m

Apr.30

Tue

3:10 pm ~ 6:55 pm

3h45m

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May 2024

*Please return to the National Park Resort IBUSUKI side before sunset.

 

Date

Sandbar Appearance Time

Length of Time

May 1

Wed

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

×

May 2

Thu

May 3

Fri

May 4

Sat

9:55 am ~ 11:05 am

1h10m

May 5

Sun

9:45 am ~ 12:35 pm

2h50m

May 6

Mon

9:55 am ~ 1:50 pm

3h55m

May 7

Tue

10:15 am ~ 2:45 pm

4h30m

May 8

Wed

10:45 am ~ 3:40 pm

4h55m

May 9

Thu

11:20 am ~ 4:30 pm

5h10m

May 10

Fri

11:55 am ~ 5:10 pm

5h15m

May 11

Sat

12:40 pm ~ 5:50 pm

5h10m

May 12

Sun

1:30 pm ~ 6:25 pm

4h55m

May 13

Mon

2:35 pm ~ 6:55 pm

4h20m

May 14

Tue

3:55 pm ~ 7:05 pm

3h10m

May 15

Wed

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

×

May 16

Thu

May 17

Fri

May 18

Sat

May 19

Sun

10:10 am ~ 11:40 am

1h30m

May 20

Mon

10:00 am ~ 12:50 pm

2h50m

May 21

Tue

10:10 am ~ 1:45 pm

3h35m

May 22

Wed

10:25 am ~ 2:30 pm

4h5m

May 23

Thu

10:45 am ~ 3:15 pm

4h30m

May 24

Fri

11:15 am ~ 4:00 pm

4h45m

May 25

Sat

11:45 am ~ 4:40 pm

4h55m

May 26

Sun

12:25 pm ~ 5:20 pm

4h55m

May 27

Mon

1:10 pm ~ 6:00 pm

4h50m

May 28

Tue

2:10 pm ~ 6:45 pm

4h35m

May 29

Wed

3:15 pm ~ 7:15 pm

4h

May 30

Thu

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

×

May 31

Fri

 

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Map (Chirin-ga Shima)

(From Chiringa-shima)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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