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首里金城町石畳道 Shurikinjocho Stone-Path Road

  • Walk around (Other Walks / City Walking)
  • Around Naha and Shuri
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District
Around Naha and Shuri
Address
1 Shuri Kinjocho, Naha-shi, Okinawa, 903-0815, Japan
Category
  • Walk around (Other Walks / City Walking)
Date of post:2015/06/19

Two UNESCO registered sites : Sonhyan-utaki Gate and Tamaudun

  • City Walking

While you are in Shurijo Castle area, you can visit some more interesting places on foot, and it’s really a nice walking route in the nature and historical atmosphere as well.

Itinerary
1. Enkakuji Temple, Hojo-bashi Bridge
2. Benzai-tendou, Enkakuchi Pond, Ryutan Pond
3. Sonhyan-utaki Stone Gate (World Heritage)
4. Kinjo-cho Stone Pavement Road
5. Kinjo-cho O-Akagi
6. Tamaudun (World Heritage)

Time to spend: About one hour
Admission: Tamaudun for 400 JPY
Note: Ishi-datami can be slippery on rainy day, but there’s a nice café on the right side of the slope stone road.

After seeing Shurijo Castle and leaving the castle from Kyukeimon Gate, you can start from Enkakuji Temple, located south of the castle. In spite of the size, it was a main temple for the king’s family and HQs for other Buddhism temples around the castle. It was built in 1494 and once designated as national heritage, but all were burned in WWII except for Hojo-bashi Bridge, which is a cultural asset of national property.

Across the street from the temple is Benzai-tendou, a small shrine with a red tile roof, enshrining Benzaiten God, which is a water god. The shrine was built in 1502 to store a Buddhism bible presented by Korea. The small bridge to get to the shrine is Tennyo-bashi Bridge, whose shape is just like a back of a camel, which is South China architecture style.

The big pond is called Ryutan-ike or Ryutan Pond, made by the first King, Shohashi in 1427 to symbolize “Peace World” for everyone to come and enjoy it. Chinese landscape gardening skills are applied, and the shape of the pond is a head of dragon.

Make a right after Ryutan Pond, and you’ll find Sonohyan-Utaki Stone Gate, which was built in 1519 as a religious facility. Kings would pray in front of the gate before his trip for safety, and also Kikoe Okimi (the head of female shaman) would pray there before traveling to Sepha-Utaki, a religious site.

Kinjo-cho Stone Pavement Road is a perfect photo site as this area is often used for movie shooting. If you have extra energy and interest, you can stop by the 200 year-old massive trees, six of them, called Kinjo-cho-no o-Akagi (make a left at a sign on the stone pavement road, walk about one minute), where a folk story about Oni devil and muuchii rice cake originated from that area.

When you hit an asphalt road, seeing Muraya (community center) on the right corner, make a right. Walk for a while and make a right to walk on the up hill road, which will take you to the main road in front of Shurijo Castle Park. After walking on the up hill road, make a right and Tamaudun will be on your right side.

Tamaudun, royal mausoleum of the 2nd Sho Dynasty has very distinguished appearance, made of three sepulchers. You can peak at the facility from the road over the wall, but it is recommended to pay and visit the museum, where you can see some pictures of the past funerals and items placed in side of the facility. And by standing on the coral stone sand in front of the huge mausoleum, you can feel the distinctive atmosphere.

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Date of post:2015/06/18

A great walk between nature and traditions

  • City Walking

This path was made during the Ryukyu Kingdom period to connect the Naha harbor and the Shuri Castle. To this day, the path remains almost the same as how it looked when it was made.

On both sides of the path, there are traditional Okinawan red roofed houses. The atmosphere of this area makes you feel like you are going past in time.

When walking through this path, you must be careful where you step. Unlike brick stone pavements, this path has random sized stones paved which make the surface uneven and vulnerable to accidents. The path is on a steep slope so it would be good to wear walking shoes.

If you get tired of walking, there is a resting area that looks like an old traditional house, so you can take a break.

At some point on the path, if you turn to a smaller path, there is a 200-year-old tree called the Great Akagi Tree. The locals take great care of this tree as a spiritual place and come here to pray.

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