Walk Across The Sea to Chiringa-shima

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

 

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

 

July 2019

 

Date

Sandbar Appearance Time

Length of Time

1/7

Mon

9:10 ~ 15:00

5h50m

2/7

Tue

9:50 ~ 15:50

6h

3/7

Wed

10:30 ~ 16:35

6h5m

4/7

Thu

11:15 ~ 17:25

6h10

5/7

Fri

12:05 ~ 18:05

6h

6/7

Sat

12:55 ~ 18:45

5h50m

7/7

Sun

13:55 ~ 19:20

5h25m

8/7

Mon

15:00 ~ 19:30

4h30m

9/7

Tue

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

×

10/7

Wed

×

11/7

Thu

7:00 ~ 10:45

3h45m

12/7

Fri

7:35 ~ 12:15

4h40m

13/7

Sat

8:15 ~ 13:25

5h10m

14/7

Sun

8:50 ~ 14:20

5h30m

15/7

Mon

9:30 ~ 15:05

5h35m

16/7

Tue

10:05 ~ 15:45

5h40m

17/7

Wed

10:45 ~ 16:25

5h40m

18/7

Thu

11:25 ~ 16:55

5h30m

19/7

Fri

12:00 ~ 17:25

5h25m

20/7

Sat

12:40 ~ 17:50

5h10m

21/7

Sun

13:20 ~ 18:10

4h50m

22/7

Mon

14:10 ~ 18:30

4h20m

23/7

Tue

15:00 ~ 18:40

3h40m

24/7

Wed

16:10 ~ 18:45

2h35m

25/7

Thu

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

×

26/7

Fri

6:35 ~ 9:10

2h35m

27/7

Sat

7:10 ~ 11:00

3h50m

28/7

Sun

7:45 ~ 12:30

4h45m

29/7

Mon

8:20 ~ 13:35

5h15m

30/7

Tue

8:55 ~ 14:35

5h40m

31/7

Wed

9:40 ~ 15:30

5h50m

 

August 2019

Date

Sandbar Appearance Time

Length of Time

1/8

Thu

10:15 ~ 16:30

6h15m

2/8

Fri

11:05 ~ 17:10

6h05m

3/8

Sat

11:55 ~ 17:50

5h55m

4/8

Sun

12:50 ~ 18:20

5h30m

5/8

Mon

13:45 ~ 18:50

5h05m

6/8

Tue

14:50 ~ 19:05

4h15m

7/8

Wed

16:15 ~19:05

2h50m

8/8

Thu

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

×

9/8

Fri

5:55 ~ 10:40

4h45m

10/8

Sat

6:50 ~ 12:10

5h20m

11/8

Sun

7:40 ~ 13:20

5h40m

12/8

Mon

8:30 ~ 14:10

5h40m

13/8

Tue

9:10 ~ 14:55

5h45m

14/8

Wed

9:50 ~ 15:30

5h40m

15/8

Thu

10:30 ~ 16:00

5h30m

16/8

Fri

11:05 ~ 16:30

5h25m

17/8

Sat

11:45 ~ 16:55

5h10m

18/8

Sun

12:20 ~ 17:20

5h

19/8

Mon

13:00 ~ 17:35

4h35m

20/8

Tue

13:40 ~ 17:50

4h10m

21/8

Wed

14:30 ~ 18:00

3h30m

22/8

Thu

15:3518:05

2h30m

23/8

Fri

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

×

24/8

Sat

25/8

Sun

5:50 ~ 10:35

4h45m

26/8

Mon

6:45 ~ 12:15

5h30m

27/8

Tue

7:40 ~ 13:25

5h45m

28/8

Wed

8:30 ~ 14:25

5h55m

29/8

Thu

9:25 ~ 15:15

5h50m

30/8

Fir

10:15 ~ 16:00

5h45m

31/8

Sat

11:05 ~ 16:35

5h30m

*The sandbar appearance time will be updated as required.

Map (Chirin-ga Shima)


(From Chiringa-shima)

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