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Kaiji Beach

Taketomi, Yaeyama-gun, Taketomi-jima Taketomi-cho 907-1101, Okinawa Prefecture
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Many tourists looking for underwhelming star sand

Famous as one of a few beaches with star sand. We manged to find some, but note that these are... read more

Reviewed 24 May 2017
Tokyo, Japan
Rocky beach famous for star shaped shells

Rocky beach. It is supposedly one of the two beaches in Japan where a bunch of star shaped shells... read more

Reviewed 23 March 2017
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23 May 2017
“Many tourists looking for underwhelming star sand”
22 Mar 2017
“Rocky beach famous for star shaped shells”
Taketomi, Yaeyama-gun, Taketomi-jima Taketomi-cho 907-1101, Okinawa Prefecture
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Reviewed 24 May 2017

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...More

Thank Endre1234
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...More

Thank Haris42
Reviewed 27 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...More

Thank Kwakaku
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
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
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...More

Thank Henrik A
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...More

Thank marcdegueurce2013
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...More

Thank sashkello
Reviewed 17 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
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
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