Kaiji Beach, Taketomi-cho

3.4
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 trip planner to add Kaiji Beach and other attractions to your Taketomi-jima vacation plans.
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  • This is an ok beach. Not too crowded. But you can’t really swim here. It’s known for star-shaped sand. I didn’t find any but I didn’t look very hard. There are several swing sets around and a vendor.....  more »
  • Another beach hard to swim at due the the very shallow water and low tides. More for it's 'famed' stars in the sand. Pretty ordinary really.  more »
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