Kaiji Beach, Taketomi-cho

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Head to Kaiji Beach, a small beach located on the northern tip of the island. With its name translating as "Star Sand Beach," the stretch of coastline has become known for its many tiny, star-shaped forms, which look like sand. In fact, those forms are the exoskeletons of one-celled organisms called Baclogypsina sphaerulata, a kind of coral that lives in sea grass. Washed up in large numbers onto the beach, the strikingly shaped forms have long been the subject of myths among the local populace, who believe the star shells to be the tiny children of the Southern Cross and the North Star, slain by a serpent offshore. Use our Taketomi-cho trip planner to add Kaiji Beach and other attractions to your Taketomi-cho vacation plans.
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  • Because it is a beach famous for the sand of the star, I decided to look for it immediately after arriving. I found about 15 grains in 10-15 minutes and I was really impressed because it was in the shape of a star, but the work under the blazing sun was quite severe. I gave up looking for the sand of the stars so much and enjoyed the sea. It was quite clear and I was able to see a lot of small fish in shallow water. The people here were not one person who was swimming in the sea, whether the sand of the stars was the purpose or the swimming prohibition in the first place. So, I walked to The Seaside and moved towards Condoi Beach.
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  • Even on the beach, the sand of the stars is small. One bottle is sold at the entrance of the beach or at the entrance of a shop on the island for 100 yen to 300 yen. According to the guide who guided me around the island, there are a lot of tourists, so I can't take as much as I used to.
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