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Nakijin Castle

Najijinjo Nakijin Castle ("Nakijin-jo" in Japanese) is the castle of Ryukyu Kingdom, and is located about 6 km east of Ocean Expo Park.
It is on a hill at the north part of Motobu Peninsula, and is located about 13 km north-northwest of Nago city.

In the 14th century, there were three kingdoms in Okinawa Island.
It is said that this castle was built in the 13th century, and the king of northern kingdom had lived since that.

The kingdom was destroyed in 1416 by King Sho Hashi who unified and was founded the Ryukyu Kingdom.
Then this castle was used to govern the northern area.

But after the invasion of Satsuma Domain in Kagoshima, this castle was abandoned in 1665.

The site is about 0.8 km from east to west and about 0.3 km from north to south in width, and is one of the largest castles in Okinawa.
Now, this castle has been restored.
Along the way to the castle, many trees of Taiwan cherry, so this castle is one of the major viewing spots in Okinawa.
(The cherry blossoms in full bloom in late January or early February.)

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

  1. By express route bus with route No.111, about 2 hours from Naha terminal to Nago terminal.
  2. By route bus with route No.65 or 66, about 45 to 60 minutes from Nago terminal to Nakijinjo-iriguchi stop.

Nakijin Castle
Main gate Monument of World Heritage Site
Stone stairway to the castle Stone walls
Ancient shrine Taiwan cherry in spring

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