Zakimi Castle



Zakimi Castle was originally built to check the rising power of the Hokuzan Kingdom to the North. After the Chuzan Kingdom defeated Hokuzan, Lord Gosamaru moved to Nakijin Castle to govern over the area for the Chuzan Kingdom.

Zakimi 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.

Visit Notes

not personally visited

  • stone wall and gate
  • stone wall and gate
  • stone wall
  • stone walls
  • stone walls
  • stone walls
  • stone walls and gate
  • stone walls and gate
  • stone walls and gate
  • stone walls and gate
  • stone walls and gate
  • stone walls

Castle Profile
English Name Zakimi Castle
Japanese Name 座喜味城
Alternate Names Zakimi-gusuku, Yuntanza Gusuku
Founder Aji Gosamaru
Year Founded 15th century
Castle Type Mountaintop
Castle Condition Ruins only
Designations Next 100 Castles, UNESCO World Heritage Site, National Historic Site
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Features stone walls
Visitor Information
Access bus
Visitor Information
Time Required
Website zkm.html
Location Yomitan, Okinawa Prefecture
Coordinates 26° 24' 30.85" N, 127° 44' 30.16" E
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Added to Jcastle 2006
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Anonymous user #1

154 months ago
Score 1++
Well worth the drive, provided its not too hot and sweaty! Interesting construction with a European feel to the remaining walls.