Kaiji Beach

Kaiji Beach, Taketomi-cho: Address, Kaiji Beach Reviews: 4/5

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g0_f0r_it
Singapore, Singapore313 contributions
Star-shaped sand
Dec 2019
This is the famous beach with the star-shaped sand. They are really tiny and it takes good eyesight and fine motor dexterity of the fingers to pick up. But there are plenty of them. Fun to try to search for them. We took pictures of the stars and returned all that we found, then walked over to Kondoi beach.

About 2.6km, 20-30 mins walk from the pier. Ferries to Taketomi depart Ishigaki every 30-60 mins except during lunch hour. Note that the last morning ferry is at 11.30am and the next one is at 1pm. Very enjoyable in good weather.
Written 27 January 2020
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geelongexpat
Chatan-cho, Japan1,025 contributions
Decent Beach
Sep 2019 • Solo
This is an ok beach. Not too crowded. But you can’t really swim here. It’s known for star-shaped sand. I didn’t find any but I didn’t look very hard. There are several swing sets around and a vendor selling trinkets. Cool for a photo but don’t plan on spending the whole day.
Written 6 September 2019
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Zac C
Hong Kong, China1,189 contributions
Star search
Apr 2019 • Couples
This beach is famous for star shaped sand. Hordes of tourists spent time digging hard for souvenirs in the sand. Wonder how long they can allow tourists to keep doing this without hurting the ecology.
Written 6 April 2019
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stan_hutchings
Karuizawa-machi, Japan47 contributions
a nice beach on Taketomijima
Jan 2019
If you have a few days on Taketomi Island, this is an interesting beach to visit. You can rent a bike and get here in about 15 minutes from just about anywhere on the Island. It's particularly easy from Nishi Pier, just turn right when you leave the pier bike parking area, follow the road for a few kilometers, and look for the signs pointing to Kaiji Beach. The big draw is the "star sand", tiny remains of protozoa that belong to the Foraminifera family, shaped like, you guessed it, stars. You can try to find some yourself, or buy a bottle for 300 yen, or pendants with star sand enclosed in plastic. But they are really tiny, grains-of-sand size, so bring a magnifying glass if you want to look for yourself.
Written 31 January 2019
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Sinner Poetry
Milan, Italy25 contributions
Star shaped sand
Nov 2018 • Couples
As mentioned by all the other contributors, this beach is not good for swimming or even sunbathing. It's main feature is to have small star shaped sand particles mixed with normal sand. If you like treasure hunting or you have kids it's a good place to go to, but be warned that there will be many others searching for the stars and gathering a sufficient amount of those may take quite some time.
Written 6 January 2019
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Ywata
Vancouver, Canada39 contributions
Star Shaped Sand Beach!
Nov 2018 • Couples
Beautiful beach with great views of Iriomte and Kohama islands. Water is clear and appears blue with the white sand. Not the greatest for swimming or snorkeling as there are not a lot of coral or fish to see and alot of small rocks which makes it hard to walk into the water. The main reason to come though is to look for the star shaped sand. You need to look closely but they are plenty of them there! If you want to take some as souvenir their is a small shop on the beach that sells glass vials full of them for 300 yen.
Written 29 November 2018
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Jonna P
Espoo, Finland301 contributions
Beautiful
Sep 2018 • Couples
We came accross Kaiji beach while walking around Taketomi three weeks ago. It’s a beautiful beach, whether you find stat sand or not. We walked from Kaiji to Condoi beach and there was just peace and quiet. Lovely place to relax.
Written 10 October 2018
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Kenichi H
Ito, Japan661 contributions
Can not find star sand
Jan 2018 • Couples
We visited here as we visited Kondoi beach
This beach is famous for star sand according to guide book.
But when we visited we could not find any though we tried finding.
But beach is very beautiful and peaceful
So please visit if you are in Taketomi island
Written 14 January 2018
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sky_nite
Singapore, Singapore37 contributions
Ok beach with jagged rocks
Oct 2017 • Friends
Many articles mention about the star shaped sand but I failed to check that it is a rocky beach. About 15min walk from the main town, it was abit out of the way but you will be able to find star-shaped sand in small quantities in the sand. Nice place but it's rocky nature and short shoreline does not allow you to enjoy the beach comfortably like kondoi beach. Probably worth a visit!
Written 21 October 2017
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Endre1234
Tokyo, Japan14 contributions
Many tourists looking for underwhelming star sand
May 2017 • Couples
Famous as one of a few beaches with star sand.
We manged to find some, but note that these are 1-2mm sized star shaped grains of sand, nothing really fascinating.

Would be a great spot of nature except for its overrun by tourist groups digging for star sand.

Interesting place to drop by but not to stay for long.
Written 23 May 2017
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