Katsuren Castle Ruins

Castle / Ruins of Castle
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.

Spot details

Okinawa Pref. Urumashi Katsurenhaebaru 3908
9:00-18:00 (Admission is 30 minutes before closing) [Uruma City Specialty Store Uruma] 9:00-17:00
open everyday
[Adults (High school students and above)] 600yen [Children] 400yen * Group fee available
Parking Lot
Credit Card
Not available
Available (Ashtray Available only outside the facility)
Available (However, it is possible that it is difficult to connect depending on the model)
Temporary suspension:Currently closed (information as of May 8, 2020)
*Information may be changed, so please be sure to check the official information.
Can be enjoyed even on a rainy day
No (Admission may be restricted without notice during stormy weather, etc.)
Estimated stay time
60-120 minutes
Wheelchair accessible
Infant friendly

Information Sources:  NAVITIME JAPAN


  • Scenic Ruins, Well worth a visit!
    5.0 Reviewed:2021.05.11
    Katsuren Castle Ruins are one of the UNESCO listed sites around Okinawa. The castle is free to visitors and there is a nice free parking lot across the street. The castle is perched on top of a hill...
  • Stunning Stonework and Beautiful Location
    5.0 Reviewed:2020.02.25
    Like most things in Okinawa it really pays to have a hire car to visit. It is possible via public transport but it will take you some time to get there from Naha. Its a beautiful castle ruins with...
  • Steep climb, nice views
    4.0 Reviewed:2019.12.23
    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...

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