Japan's Chichibughama Beach, pictured, has become a hit with Instagrammers thanks to its tidal pools, which reflect the sky in a 'mirror effect'

Pictured: The incredible ‘mirror’ beach in Japan that has become an Instagram sensation

Pictured: The incredible ‘mirror’ beach in Japan that has become an Instagram sensation – with hordes of tourists taking pictures of their reflections in its tide pools

  • Chichibugahama Beach is outside the city of Mitoyo in Kagawa Prefecture on the island of Shikoku
  • Tidal pools along the shore best reflect the sky at sunset and when there is no wind in the air
  • The beach has been tagged over 175,000 times on Instagram and even has its own Instagram page

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On reflection, it’s a sight to behold.

A beach in Japan has become a hit with Instagrammers thanks to its tidal pools, which reflect the sky in a “mirror effect” – resulting in a stunning photo opportunity.

Chichibugahama Beach, outside Mitoyo City in Kagawa Prefecture on Shikoku Island, has been tagged over 175,000 times on Instagram, has its own Instagram page which features the best mirrored snapshots captured by visitors and welcomed approximately 460,000 visitors in 2019.

Japan’s Chichibughama Beach, pictured, has become a hit with Instagrammers thanks to its tidal pools, which reflect the sky in a ‘mirror effect’

The beach is located outside of Mitoyo City in Kagawa Prefecture of Shikoku Island.

For those hoping to take a photo by themselves, the mirror effect is said to work best at sunset.

The beach is located outside the city of Mitoyo in Kagawa Prefecture on the island of Shikoku. For those hoping to take a photo by themselves, the mirror effect is said to work best at sunset.

Chichibughama Beach is also a popular swimming spot, and since 1995 a local committee has been dedicated to keeping it clean.

Chichibughama Beach is also a popular swimming spot, and since 1995 a local committee has been dedicated to keeping it clean.

Popular poses travelers adopt include jumping in the air, holding balloons, and walking with props such as umbrellas.

The beach is often compared to the Salar de Uyuni salt flats in Bolivia, which similarly reflect a mirror image of the sky during the rainy season.

Chichibugahama Beach, which was relatively unknown until recent years, saw its popularity skyrocket in 2016 when a photo showing two children reflecting in its water impressed the judges of an authority photo contest Mitoyo tourist destination, according to Japan Forward.

The photography has inspired photographers to capture their own mirror images, turning the kilometer-long (0.6 mile) beach into a major tourist attraction.

According to the Mitoyo tourist site, the mirror effect works best at sunset and when there is no wind to disturb the surface of the water.

The website even posted tips on how to capture the best images, saying, “The trick is to keep your position close to the surface of the water.”

Chichibughama Beach has been tagged over 175,000 times on Instagram, has its own Instagram page which features the best mirrored snapshots captured by visitors and saw around 460,000 visitors in 2019

Chichibughama Beach has been tagged over 175,000 times on Instagram, has its own Instagram page which features the best mirrored snapshots captured by visitors and saw around 460,000 visitors in 2019

The beach became popular in 2016 when a photo showing two children reflecting in its water impressed the judges of a Mitoyo Tourism Authority photo contest.

The beach became popular in 2016 when a photo showing two children reflecting in its water impressed the judges of a Mitoyo Tourism Authority photo contest.

Instagrammers are recommended to keep their location

Instagrammers are recommended to keep their position “close to the surface of the water” in order to get the perfect shot

Sharing their experience of the famous attraction on Instagram, the Tripadvisor user

Sharing their experience of the famous attraction on Instagram, Tripadvisor user “MarkGroenewold” described it as a “pristine and beautiful” beach that is an “iconic spot for unique photography”.

He also recommends that the model pose on one side of the tidal pool, while the photographer stands on the other.

The website hosts a calendar that lists the beach’s tide and sunset times, helping Instagrammers get the perfect shot.

Although photography is encouraged, tourists are advised to refrain from flying drones over the beach when it is crowded.

Sharing their experience of the famous attraction on Instagram, Tripadvisor user “MarkGroenewold” described it as a “pristine and beautiful” beach that is an “iconic spot for unique photography”.

Above, a bird's eye view of the city of Mitoyo.  Visitors can access the beach by hopping on a bus from the town's train station

Above, a bird’s eye view of the city of Mitoyo. Visitors can access the beach by hopping on a bus from the town’s train station

The beach is often compared to the Salar de Uyuni salt flats in Bolivia, pictured, which similarly reflect the sky

The beach is often compared to the Salar de Uyuni salt flats in Bolivia, pictured, which similarly reflect the sky

While user ‘Lunasolhk’ said: ‘The best time for all those seamless reflections of the sky is in the evening (sunset) at low tide. Plan well before your visit.

Chichibughama Beach is also a popular swimming spot, and since 1995 a local committee has been dedicated to keeping it clean.

To get to the beach, take the “Nio Line” bus line from JR Takuma Station in Mitoyo – the trip takes about 25 minutes. There is also a parking lot next to the beach for those who rent a car.

For more information, visit www.mitoyo-kanko.com/chichibugahama.

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Pictured: The incredible ‘mirror’ beach in Japan that has become an Instagram sensation

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