Shikina-en garden

Botanical Garden
This Ryukyuan-style garden is in Naha City. It was first built in 1799 as a villa for the Ryukyuan kings. The garden was known as the “Southern Gardens” because of its location to the south of Shuri-jo Castle. With a winding-path design, this unique garden combines elements of Chinese and traditional Okinawan design. In 2000, the Shikina-en garden was included within the scope of the Gusuku Sites and Related Properties of the Kingdom of Ryukyu UNESCO World Heritage Site. The red algae Thorea gaudichaudii C. Ag. (which has been designated as a National Natural Monument) was first discovered at the Ikutoku Spring in the Shikina-en Garden.

Spot details

Okinawa Pref. Nahashi Maji 421-7 map map Map
[4/1-9/30] 9:00-18:00 (admission deadline 17:30)
[10/1-3/31] 9:00-17:30 (admission deadline 17:00)
Wednesday (If that Sunday is Closed or 'Sunday of Memorial Service' (6/23), then that Next day)
[Admission fee]Adults400yen, Children(Junior High School Students and below)200yen
Parking Lot
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English Menu
Available (English version leaflet)
Can be enjoyed even on a rainy day
Yes (There are some slippery areas on the paths within the park, such as the cobblestone paths. *Please wear comfortable shoes and clothes such as sneakers.)
Average budget
[Lunch] 1-1,000yen
Estimated stay time
30-60 minutes
Wheelchair accessible
Infant friendly

Information Sources:  NAVITIME JAPAN

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  • Worth a visit
    4.0 Reviewed : 2023.04.29
    Very well built garden with some nice paths to walk and a bunch of good spots for nice pictures. Relaxing and beautiful, well worth the time spent.
  • Beautiful Garden, Perfect Day
    5.0 Reviewed : 2021.12.18
    I visited Shikinaen Garden on a perfect sunny day in December. Entrance fee was cheap, I think it was ¥400. The garden is pretty large, with a palace, pond, trails, etc. It was fun to walk around the...
  • A must see place in Naha - bus 5 20 minutes from the city centre
    5.0 Reviewed : 2020.05.08
    A beautiful, historic location. You can easily spend 2 hours walking in the gardens. The peace and tranquality is fantastic. We REALLY enjoyed it and will be going back again soon!

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