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Nakijin Castle Ruins

 World Heritage Site – Nakijin Castle Ruins

Nakijin Castle is a historical gusuku (castle) located in Nakijin Village in the northern area of Okinawa Island, about 1 hour and 40 minutes from Naha by car.

It is registered as one of the world heritage sites that comprise the Gusuku Sites and Related Properties of the Kingdom of Ryukyu.

As it was home to the king of Hokuzan (the northern kingdom) prior to the establishment of the Ryukyu Kingdom, the castle is also known as Hokuzan Castle.


With an area approximately the same size as Shurijo Castle, stone walls surrounding the castle that skillfully mimic the curves of the natural terrain, and beautifully detailed castle walls, it is one of Okinawa’s outstanding castles.

The site is also known for its cherry blossoms (sakura), which bloom from the end of January to the beginning of February. The Nakijin Gusuku Cherry Blossom Festival is held during this period.


We recommend wearing comfortable clothing as there are sloped pathways, long staircases, and slippery cobblestone walkways.

Facility Info.

Address 5101 Imadomari, Nakijin-son, Kunigami-gun, Okinawa 905-0428
Business hours Regular hours (Jan. to April, Sept. to Dec.)
8:00 am - 6:00 pm (last entry: 5:30 pm)
Summer extended hours (May to Aug.)
8:00 am - 7:00 pm (last entry: 6:30 pm)
Regular holiday Open daily
Fee Adult: JPY 400 / High school student or younger (age 6-18): JPY 300 / 5 years old and under: Free
TEL 0980-56-4400
Parking Lot Free (capacity: about 320 vehicles)
Reference URL http://nakijinjoseki.jp/

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