Nakijin Castle Ruins (Nakijin Gusuku Ruins)

Travel Guide - Nakijin Castle Ruins (Nakijin Gusuku Ruins)


Located in the northern part of Okinawa's main island, Nakijin Castle, or called Nakijin Gusuku (Ryukyuan castle or fortress), has lain in ruin for many years.
The castle was constructed in the late 14th century as the main castle of Hokuzan Kingdom, one of the three kingdoms existed in Okinawa before Ryuku Kingdom unified the island in the 15th century.
The fortress includes several sacred places called "Utaki", which are the center of religious activities.
From this site, you can also enjoy a panoramic view of the East China Sea.

The castle was registered as a part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site (Gusuku Sites and Related Properties of the Kingdom of Ryukyu) together with Shuri Castle and other historic sites in Okinawa in 2000.
Also the castle was listed in Japan's Top 100 Castles in 2006.

Opening Hours

  • 8:00 - 18:00
  • 8:00 - 19:00 (May - August)


  • No closing days

Access / Public Transport

  • 45 minutes from Nago Bus Terminal by the #66 Bus. Get off at Nakijinjo-ato Bus stop, then walk 15 minutes.

Address / Location

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Tokiii @Tokiii_a - 2020-04-03
After COVID-19 gets calm, Need to visit here again.

Nakijin Gusuku
Daniel John Murphy @danieljmurf - 2020-01-09
We saw some of the (possibly) first Cherry Blossoms emerging in northern Okinawa a few days ago at Nakijin Gusuku.
Settsu M @settsum1 - 2019-10-31
@TwitterMoments UNESCO World Heritage Site “Gusuku Sites and related Properties of the Ryukyu” does not include res…
q87 @q87dt - 2019-01-18
still some time until the offical start of Nakijin Gusuku Sakura Matsuri, but you can already see the first cherry…
Ms Earth Americas @AmandaRSowards - 2017-03-08
#1 on my bucket list, Nakijin Gusuku Ruins! Enter #MoreJapanToDiscover #Contest - to…
Kristy Halderman @KrustythePerson - 2015-02-16
King Duckface #okinawa #japan #ryukyu #gusuku #unesco #worldheritagesite #nakijin #castle
trippiece_global @trippiece_sg - 2015-01-16
Opposite of mainland in Japan, we can see cherry blossom in Okinawa!
Nakijin Gusuku Cherry Blossom Festival #Japan
David Paul Jobling @DJobling - 2015-01-15
'@japantimes: No need to wait for spring; the cherry blossoms are already blooming in Okinawa'
David Paul Jobling @DJobling - 2015-01-15
'@japantimes: No need to wait for spring; the cherry blossoms are already blooming in Okinawa'
The Japan Times @japantimes - 2015-01-15
No need to wait for spring — the cherry blossoms are already blooming in Okinawa
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