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Zakimi Castle

Zakimijo Zakimi Castle ("Zakimi-jo" in Japanese) is the castle of Ryukyu Kingdom, and is located in Yomitan village about 25 km north of Naha city.

The site is on a hill, and is at about 120 meters elevation.
The ground of red clay is soft, so the castle walls curve at every point.

The castle was built by Gozamaru, a strong lord, between 1416 and 1422.
In 1458, he was destroyed by Amawari who was the castle lord of Katsuren Castle.

On this site, Japanese army set up batteries around 1945 before the Battle of Okinawa, and US forces set up radar base after the war.
So some parts of the castle were broken, but the parts were restored later.

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.28 or 29, about 1 hour and 10 minutes from Naha terminal to Zakimi or Talashiho stop.
About 5-15 minutes walk from there.

Zakimi Castle
Photo by Okinawa Convention & Visitors Bureau
Round stone wall
Photo by Okinawa Convention & Visitors Bureau
An enclosure of the castle

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