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. Plan to visit Kaiji Beach and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Taketomi-jima Taketomi-cho attractions using our Taketomi-jima Taketomi-cho travel itinerary planner.
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  • I wonder if not much bother going if that you find the sands of star-shaped beach is so clean, but not looking for sand in... and thought. Still beaches Kaiji from kondoi Beach right on the seaside, 20-30 minutes, I walked. I'd feel better if you walk along the road to walk than walking along the beach.
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  • You can find a little strange colors dark colored sand, her palms. There was swing in the shade of a tree quietly and hung the cylindrical small drum cans like iron.
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  • 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 ...  more »