Nakajin Castle Ruins

Nakajin Castle Ruins

Nakijin Castle Ruins locate in the northern region of mainland Okinawa. The castle was the home to kings of the Ryuku islands, before the Ryukyu Kingdom unified in the 15th century. After unification, the castle was under strict surveillance and protection from the kingdom and played an important role. In 2000, the castle was designated as an UNESCO World Heritage Site as a part of the Gusuku Sites and Related Properties of the Kingdom of Ryukyu. Not only that, it was chosen as one of Japan’s 100 Top Castles in 2006. Between January and February, kanhi-zakura cherry blossoms decorate the castle area. The deep pink flowers signals the arrival of Okinawa’s early springs.

Basic Information

5101 Imadomari, Nakijin Village, Kunigami, Okinawa
Jan. to Apr. / Sep. to Dec.: 8:00a.m. - 6:00p.m. (last entry at 5:30p.m.)
May to Aug.: 8:00a.m. - 7:00p.m. (last entry at 6:30p.m.)
Open year-round
Adults: ¥400
Elementary and junior high school students: ¥300
Below elementary school: free


  • FromNaha Airport
    about 2 hours and 45 minutes by car