Walk Across The Sea to Chiringa-shima

Click HERE for information about the sandbar appearance times ( June & July 2022)
(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).

 

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.

 

 

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.

 

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

 

JUNE 2022

 

Date

Sandbar Appearance Time

Length of Time

June 1

Wed

11:55 ~ 16:30

4h35m

June 2

Thu

12:30 ~ 17:05

4h35m

June 3

Fri

13:15 ~ 17:30

4h15m

June 4

Sat

14:00 ~ 18:00

4h

June 5

Sun

14:55 ~ 18:25

3h30m

June 6

Mon

16:05 ~ 18:50

2h45m

June 7

Tue

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

×

June 8

Wed

June 9

Thu

June 10

Fri

9:15 ~ 10:35

1h20m

June 11

Sat

9:10 ~ 12:10

3h

June 12

Sun

9:25 ~ 13:25

4h

June 13

Mon

9:50 ~ 14:30

4h40m

June 14

Tue

10:25 ~ 15:25

5h

June 15

Wed

11:05 ~ 16:20

5h15m

June 16

Thu

11:55 ~ 17:10

5h15m

June 17

Fri

12:50 ~ 17:55

5h5m

June 18

Sat

13:50 ~ 18:35

4h45m

June 19

Sun

15:05 ~ 19:05

4h

June 20

Mon

16:30 ~ 19:20

2h50m

June 21

Tue

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

×

June 22

Wed

June 23

Thu

June 24

Fri

9:15 ~ 11:05

1h50m

June 25

Sat

9:30 ~ 12:20

2h50m

June 26

Sun

9:50 ~ 13:20

3h30m

June 27

Mon

10:15 ~ 14:10

3h55m

June 28

Tue

10:45 ~ 14:55

4h10m

June 29

Wed

11:15 ~ 15:35

4h20m

June 30

Thu

11:55 ~ 16:10

4h15m

 

JULY 2022

 

Date

Sandbar Appearance Time

Length of Time

July 1

Fri

12:30 ~ 16:40

4h10m

July 2

Sat

13:10 ~ 17:10

4h

July 3

Sun

13:55 ~ 17:35

3h40m

July 4

Mon

14:45 ~ 17:55

3h10m

July 5

Tue

15:45 ~ 18:15

2h30m

July 6

Wed

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

×

July 7

Thu

July 8

Fri

July 9

Sat

8:15 ~ 9:50

1h35m

July 10

Sun

8:35 ~ 11:35

3h

July 11

Mon

9::00 ~ 13:05

4h5m

July 12

Tue

9:40 ~ 14:15

4h35m

July 13

Wed

10:20 ~ 15:15

4h55m

July 14

Thu

11:10 ~ 16:10

5h

July 15

Fri

12:00 ~ 16:55

4h55m

July 16

Sat

12:55 ~ 17:30

4h35m

July 17

Sun

13:55 ~ 17:55

4h

July 18

Mon

15:05 ~ 18:10

3h5m

July 19

Tue

16:25 ~ 18:10

1h45m

July 20

Wed

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

×

July 21

Thu

July 22

Fri

July 23

Sat

July 24

Sun

9:30 ~ 11:25

1h55m

July 25

Mon

9:55 ~ 12:35

2h40m

July 26

The

10:20 ~ 13:35

3h15m

July 27

Wed

10:50 ~ 14:25

3h35m

July 28

Thu

11:20 ~ 15:05

3h45m

July 29

Fri

11:50 ~ 15:40

3h50m

July 30

Sat

12:30 ~ 16:10

3h40m

July 31

Sun

13:05 ~ 16:35

3h30m

 

 

Map (Chirin-ga Shima)


(From Chiringa-shima)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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