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Katsuren Castle

Katsurenjo Katsuren Castle ("Katsuren-jo" in Japanese) is the castle of Ryukyu Kingdom, and is located about 28 km northeast of Naha city.

The site is on a hill in Katsuren Peninsula expanding to the southeast.
It is at about 100 meters elevation, and the site was constructed on the slope.

The castle was built during the 13th and 14th centuries.
The last castle lord was Amawari. He was a strong leader in this area from farm family.
He got this castle in a coup and planned to unify Ryukyu.
But he was destroyed by king of Ryukyu in 1458, and the castle was deserted.

In 2000, this castle was declared a World Heritage site, as one of Gusuku Sites and Related Properties of the Kingdom of Ryukyu.

How to get to here

By route bus

By route bus with route No.27 or 80, about 1 hour and 40 minutes from Naha terminal to Nishihara stop.
About 10 minutes walk from there.




Katsuren Castle
Photo by Okinawa Convention & Visitors Bureau
Castle wall
Photo by Okinawa Convention & Visitors Bureau
Stone wall
Photo by Okinawa Convention & Visitors Bureau
A worship place
Photo by Kogashitsu-Kabegami
Stone stairway and sea

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