Nakijin Castle 今帰仁城
Founder Aji clan
Year 13 Century
Type Mountaintop
Condition Ruins
Alternate Name Nakijin-gusuku, Hokuzan-jo
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Historical Site National Historic Site
Historical Value Top 100 Castles, UNESCO World Heritage Site
Location Nakijin, Okinawa
Map Google Map
Access bus
Website Gusuku Sites - Nakijin Castle
Notes not personally visited
History Nakijin castle is estimated to have been built in the 13th Century by the AJi lords. It was the home of the Aji until the Hanji took control in the 14th century and established the Hokuzan Kingdom whose base was Nakijin Castle. In 1416 the Chuzan Kingdom conquered the Hokuzan Kingdom and stationed their governor at Nakijin Castle. The governor, Lord Gosamaru, was said to have been a descendent of the Aji lords who originally built Nakijin Castle.

Nakijin Castle, along with Shuri Castle and several other related sites in Okinawa, were desiganted a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site in 2000. They are also designated a National Historical Site.

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  • rebolforces on My Page    April 24, 2015 at 06:36 PM
    Nice ruins good signage. Bus is 2100 each way. Best to get at airport (bus stop sign #2. Yanbaru Express) as it fills quickly with tour groups for the aquarium. This happened at the 3rd stop today (municipal building?), after that was full and no more passengers allowed on from subsequent stops. Left on the 8:40 (arrived 11:05) returned on next available which was 14:55. Ample time.
  • Anonymous    January 28, 2012 at 11:57 PM
    Love this castle site! Gorgeous panaramic views!!!
  • Anonymous    May 02, 2009 at 06:42 PM
    Definitely the best castle ruins on Okinawa. It was stunning. It is pretty difficult to get to, but you won't be disappointed.
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Nakijin, Okinawa
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