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  • Shuri Castle
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    Okinawa Pref. Nahashi Shuritounokurachou 3-1
    Shuri Castle is a former residence of the kings of the Ryukyu Kingdom. It was burnt and lost at the Battle of Okinawa in 1945 but restored in 1992 to commemorate the 20th anniversary of Okinawa’s reversion to Japan. In 2000, it was registered as a World Heritage Site as one of the Gusuku Sites and Related Properties of the Kingdom of Ryukyu. It is located on top of a hill and is famous as a picturesque place as you can enjoy a panoramic view of Naha City. As it is illuminated in the evening, you can enjoy a magical Shuri Castle which is different from during the daytime.

    This once-spectacular castle was largely destroyed by a fire in the end of October 2019. It’s still possible to visit the site. There’s no charge to enter the site. The guides are still there to help...

  • Katsuren Castle Ruins
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    Okinawa Pref. Urumashi Katsurenhaebaru 3908
    Amawari is said to have brought prosperity to Katsuren in the 15th century, and this is the castle where he resided. It was registered as a World Heritage Site in 2000. It stands on a hill between 60 and 98 meters above sea level, and it makes clever use of the natural cliff, featuring walls that form a graceful curve. The “Ichi-no Kuruwa (1st enclosure) ,” the highest point, offers an amazing view of the mountains and outlying islands that surround Kin Bay.

    The castle is most famous as the seat of Lord Amawari during the 15th century. According to legend, Amawari was a sickly child that got abandoned in the mountains to die. However, the child survived...

  • Nakijin Castle Ruins
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    Okinawa Pref. Kunigamigunnakijinson Imadomari 5101
    Before the establishment of the Ryukyu Kingdom, the king of Hokuzan controlled the area from the northern part of the main island to the Amami region. These are the ruins of the castle he occupied, and they were designated a World Cultural Heritage site in 2000. Situated on a peak 100 meters above sea level, Paleozoic limestone was stacked to form a beautiful wall that took advantage of the natural surroundings. The view from “Uchibaru” is especially recommended.
  • Zakimi Castle Ruins
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    Okinawa Pref. Nakagamigunyomitanson Zakimi 708-6
    Gosamaru was renowned as a master castle architect, and these are the ruins of a castle he built at the start of the 15th century. It is replete with amazing sights, including the smooth curve of the castle walls and the elegant arch gateway, said to be the oldest in Okinawa. It is also a registered World Heritage Site. From the top of the castle, you can enjoy a splendid view of the East China Sea, and the sight of the sun sinking into its beautiful blue depths is one you won’t want to miss.

    Very quick yet very cheap. A very good place to go for someone who enjoys learning history and culture Not a good place if that is your only plan for the day.

  • Ue Gusuku Castle Ruins
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    Okinawa Pref. Shimajirigunkumejimachou Uegusuku
    This castle ruins are located on Mt. Uegusuku, the highest mountain on Kume Island with an elevation of 310 meters. The big 360-degree panoramic view overlooking almost the whole area of the island is just “overwhelming’”. It’s a perfect viewpoint that allows views as far as Hateno Beach, Awakuni Island and Tonaki Island on clear days.
  • Nago Castle Ruins
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    Okinawa Pref. Nagoshi Nago
    These castle ruins are located in Nago, Nago City. It was the site of Nago Castle, which is believed to have been the castle of Nago Aji, who ruled the region in the early 14th century. Currently, the entire area around the castle has been developed into Nago Central Park. It is well-known for having Japan's earliest-blooming Kanhi-zakura cherry trees. The park's more than 20,000 Kanhi-zakura cherries bloom starting around mid-January. The Nago Cherry Blossom Festival is held during the blooming season.
  • Tamagusuku Castle Ruins
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    Okinawa Pref. Nanjoushi Tamagusuku
    The site of a natural stronghold situated on a 180-meter-high hill a short drive from the Haebaru-Minami Interchange on the Naha Airport Expressway in Nanjo City, Okinawa Prefecture. The castle is said to have been created by Amamikiyo, the god who created Ryukyu (Okinawa), and the Tenson clan, alleged to be the god's descendants, ruled the castle. Still considered a place of worship to those taking a pilgrimage in the sacred land of Agariumai, the site sees an unending line of worshipers. The castle has a natural gate created by boring a hole into limestone rock, and from here visitors can get a sweeping view of Kudaka Island and the south central side of Okinawa Island. When visiting, note that the road leading to the site is quite steep; please watch your step.
  • Nakagusuku Castle Ruins
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    Okinawa Pref. Nakagamigunkitanakagusukuson Ogusuku 503
    Nakagusuku Castle Ruins, located on a hill overlooking Nakagusuku Bay, is a Renkaku enclosure-style consisting of six enclosures. The Ryukyu Kingdom is said to have had as many as 300 castles, and Nakagusuku Castle is in the best state of preservation among those castles as well as having a high historical value. The splendid castle wall drawing a beautiful curvy line with laid stones utilizes the natural terrain, and it is registered as a World Heritage Site as well as one of Japan’s top 100 famous castles.

    610 yen from Naha near Tomari Port (roughly 40 minutes) to King Tacos Futenma branch then 10 minutes / 1050 yen by taxi to Nakagusuku Castle (Didi app works to call taxis). Now theres a free golf...

  • Gyomotujoseki
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    Naha, Okinawa Prefecture
  • Mie Castle Ruins
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    Okinawa Naha-shi
  • Nanzan Castle Ruins
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    Okinawa Itoman-shi
  • Tomigusuku Castle Ruins
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    Okinawa Tomigusuku-shi
  • Nagamine Castle Ruins
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    Okinawa Tomigusuku-shi
  • Iha Castle Ruins
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    Okinawa Uruma-shi
  • Kanekadan Castle Ruins
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    Okinawa Uruma-shi
  • Tengan Castle Ruins
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    Okinawa Uruma-shi
  • Odake Castle Ruins
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    Okinawa Miyakojima-shi
  • Kakinohana Castle Ruins
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    Okinawa Nanjo-shi
  • Minton Joseki
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    Okinawa Prefecture Nanjo
  • Azama Castle Ruins
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    Okinawa Nanjo-shi

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Let go of your image of a busy, ordered Japan and replace it with crystal-clear waters, white sand beaches, and relaxing folk music: You’ve arrived in Okinawa. A world away from the high intensity of Tokyo, Okinawans appear to live a laid-back beach life on this paradisiacal tropical island that lies in the middle of the East China Sea almost 1,000 kilometers south of mainland Japan’s most southern tip. Home to a spattering of islands, prepare yourself to discover underwater caves, star-shaped sand, and an island culture sometimes unrecognizable from mainland Japan.

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