Kaiji Beach, Taketomi-jima 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-jima Taketomi-cho trip planner to add Kaiji Beach and other attractions to your Taketomi-jima Taketomi-cho vacation plans.
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  • October 1, 2017
    Knowing I'm on, such as how to find star sand is found in 30 seconds. It may be hard to find later, how to find, but I tried maybe looking Beach are all from. Sitting in the shade of a tree, picked up in coarse sand, search and soon found. For your information.
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  • September 30, 2017
    You can find star sand on the coast. Look for sand stuck on the sand Palm. The coast can swim on coral reefs.
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  • September 30, 2017
    We went after the kondoi beach. Small shops, selling sand stars. Did not swim, so the beach is clean and not feel able to swim. I saw beautiful kondoi Beach after because it was never touched.
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The tiny, quaint island of Taketomi-jima is known for its variety of "minshuku," traditional Japanese bed and breakfasts, most of which offer futons, basic amenities, and often home-cooked meals, as well as shared bathhouses. Most visitors come on a day trip from Taketomi-cho or Ishigaki, where you can easily find a room in one of the guesthouses and experience a peaceful night on the small islands, without the crowds of day tours.
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