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The northern part of the main island of Okinawa
5101 Imadomari, Nakijin-son Kunigami-gun, Okinawa, 905-0428, Japan
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Date of post:2015/06/19

World Cultural Heritage, Hokuzan King’s residence

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This place is one of the most famous places for both locals and tourists to visit through the year for its view, history, and the nature. Cherry blossom will welcome you starting in the middle of January till early February. The hiking route, Hanta Trail, is enjoyable to walk from the lower side of the hill to the upper side, which makes you feel that you were visiting a king in the castle.

The castle was built on the 80 to 100 meter hill of Paleozoic limestone in Nakijin Peninsula, Northern Part of Okinawa, and its castle wall, total length of 1,500 meter, is renowned for its beautiful curving lines along the terrain with many up and down hills. This is the northernmost site among nine sites registered as the Gusuku Sites and Related Properties of the Kingdom of Ryukyu.

The history of the castle site goes back to 13th century, but it is unknown when it was built by whom. It was used as Hokuzan King’s (literally means North Mountain king) residence during Sanzan Era in the 14th century, when three major kinds dominated three different parts (South, Central, and North) on the island. After the castle was attacked by the central kingdom (which united Ryukyu later on) in 1416, that castle was used as a place for an official sent by Ryukyu Kingdom to live and administrate the northern area. However, the castle was burned in 1609 when Satsuma Army invaded Ryukyu. You can learn more at its museum.

If you have time, it is recommended to visit Imadomari area, located behind Imadomari Center. That area preserves an old village structure, including grid-shaped village and a line of Fukugi trees, etc. created after 1609 when people used to live around the castle moved down to the beach side area. Nakijin Michino Eki, a farmer’s market and restaurant, is a nice place to have lunch.

Add: 5101 Imadomari, Nakijin Village (Zip: 905-0428)
Tel: 0980-56-4400 (Nakijin-jo Site Management Office)
Open : 0800-1800 (Jan-Apr, Sep-Dec), 0800-1900 (May-Aug)
Admission fee: ¥400 (JPY) for adults, ¥300 (JPY) for HS students and under, Free for six and under
Parking: Free

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