Kakinohana Castle

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There are no written historical records of when this castle was built. There hasn’t been a thorough archaeological investigation of Kakinohana Castle, so the age of the castle cannot be accurately determined except that it was built sometime between the 12th to 15th century (Gusuku Period.) It is said that Minton Gusuku Aji’s second son built Kakinohana Castle. After its completion, the Kakinohana Aji (roughly translates as “lord”) and his descendants lived there. At the time of Shohashi’s rise to power, the Kakinohana Castle’s Aji, a distant relative of Shohashi, joined him in defeating the Shimashi-Ozato Aji.

Visit Notes

Kakinohana Castle or Kakinohana Gusuku is the most overgrown Ryukyuan gusuku that I have visited so far. This castle ruin is covered in Bird's Nest Ferns and other tropical undergrowth. There are two baileys forming this castle, an outer and an inner bailey in a linear layout. This is shown on a map near the entrance to this hilltop fortress. The stone walls were built using the Nozura-zumi method of construction. There are several sections of the walls which juts out, forming bastions for flanking defensive fire. Some sections of the wall have partially collapsed or are covered in tropical undergrowth.

After a 5-minute bus ride from Nanjo City Hall, get off at either the Kakinohana (垣花) stop or the Nakadakari (仲村渠) stop using the A2 mini-bus which runs in a loop back to Nanjo City Hall. You can also catch the A1 Nanjo City mini-bus, which runs in the opposite direction, but it takes around 35 minutes to get there.

All the photos uploaded to this profile were taken in late December 2022.

RaymondW wrote this castle profile and contributed all the photos.

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  • Stone stairs remnants up to the Outer Bailey gate
  • Outer Bailey gate ruin
  • On top of Outer Bailey's wall
  • Outer Bailey
  • Pacific Ocean seen from Outer Bailey's wall, west side
  • Inner Bailey's stone walls and gate ruin
  • Inner Bailey
  • Shrine at Inner Bailey
  • Inner Bailey's stone wall

Castle Profile
English Name Kakinohana Castle
Japanese Name 垣花城
Alternate Names Kakinohana Gusuku
Founder Minton Gusuku Aji's(Lord's) Second Son
Year Founded Unknown, sometime in the 12th to 15th century
Castle Type Hilltop
Castle Condition Ruins only
Designations Prefectural Historic Site
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Features stone walls
Visitor Information
Access Bus
Visitor Information Free
Time Required 30 minutes
Website https://www.kankou-nanjo.okinawa/bunka/details/7
Location Nanjo City, Okinawa Prefecture
Coordinates 26° 8' 53.23" N, 127° 47' 33.94" E
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Added to Jcastle 2023
Contributor RaymondW
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