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Address: Taketomi, Yaeyama-gun 907-1101, Okinawa Prefecture
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Come for the star sand.

Not good for swimming as there are plenty of shallow places with sharp stones in the water. View is nothing special as well. Stars are there, checked, if you can't find them, you... read more

Reviewed 2 July 2015
Sydney, Australia
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49 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 March 2017 via mobile

Rocky beach. It is supposedly one of the two beaches in Japan where a bunch of star shaped shells wash on the beach for some mysterious reason. We couldn't find any such shells though neither did the dozens of other tourists kneeling around looking for them. Worth dropping by if you are in Taketomi but wouldn't visit the island just... More 

Thank Haris42
Sakai, Japan
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25 attraction reviews
Reviewed 26 February 2017

Taketomi-jima Island is a fifteen-minute cruise from Ishigaki-jima Island, and is known with its effort to preserve its culture as well as its neghbourhood and scenery. Walk from the port for 5 minutes, and you will find yourself at the center of the township, where you can rent a bicycle to see the sights. The neighbourhood of Taketomi, or Takidoom... More 

Thank Kwakaku
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373 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 156 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 October 2016 via mobile

To many rocks and and sharp stones and also small and crowded so nothing to spend much time on because other alternatives are much better just nearby

Thank Thomas F
Cambridge, Massachusetts
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7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
Reviewed 17 July 2016

The beach itself isn't great for swimming (shallow/rocky) but it is very beautiful and wonderful for finding little natural treasures. There are tons of little hermit (?) crabs around if you look close. If you are on Taketomi island, you will stop here.

Thank Nicole W
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18 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 12 May 2016

Kaiji beach is a great place to search for 'star sand'. Star sand isn't actually sand at all, it is formed from the remains of tiny star-shaped crustations which barely exceed a millimeter in diameter. Collecting the sand is a painstaking task but if you haven't got time you'll be pleased to learn that it's sold at souvenir stores, including... More 

Thank Henrik A
London, United Kingdom
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152 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 August 2015

Well from reading other reviews am sure you have great expectations with the sand. This is actually a low point but the stars are somewhere else. If you have kids it can ge very shallow at low tide. Then have not seen any jellyfish even on a very hot afternoon. Safe ! Snorkelling is ideal due to the strong presence... More 

Thank marcdegueurce2013
Sydney, Australia
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188 reviews
108 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 118 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 July 2015

Not good for swimming as there are plenty of shallow places with sharp stones in the water. View is nothing special as well. Stars are there, checked, if you can't find them, you are probably doing it wrong... There are maybe 1 on 100 of those star-shaped particles in the sand, so it's quite a tedious job if you want... More 

Thank sashkello
Hong Kong, China
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79 reviews
33 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 May 2015

This beach is not for swimming and everyone is here for the same reason. Put a handful of sand on your palm and you will see the amazing stars!

Thank vacation_day_n_nite
Pontresina, Switzerland
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Reviewed 11 May 2015 via mobile

Yes a nice beach but no soft sand really just coral sand. The shallow nature of the sea makes swimming impossible, rather a dip in the sea is the best it gets!

Thank martin_hoyle
Tokyo, Japan
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21 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 December 2014

We spent about 15 minutes here. The sand is star shaped which is cool but... that's about it. The sand quality isn't good quality or even big enough for you to stay and enjoy a sunbathe or a dip. We rode a bike to get here, which I highly recommend to get around the island to see the sights.

Thank lillyneko

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