Katsuren Castle

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  • Katsuren Castle Okinawa Prefecture

  • Katsuren Castle Okinawa Prefecture

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Facts & Figures

Katsuren Castle, also called Kacchin Gusuku in the past, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site on the island Okinawa and part of the 9 ruins and structures symbolizing the time period of the Ryukyu Kingdom. The castle ruins are a designated Japanese National Historical Site.

  • Katsuren Castle:
  • Opening Hours - every day 24hrs
  • Admission Fee - free

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The castle was built in the 13th - 14th century. It is one of the oldest castles in Okinawa. Katsuren Castle reached its best most prosperous days under the ruler Ryukyuan lord (aji) Amawari in the middle of the 15th century. Amawari promoted international trade and many pieces of Chinese tiles and pottery were found at excavation sites at the castle grounds.


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Katsuren Castle is located appr. 25km northeast of Naha (capital of Okinawa) at the Yokatsu Peninsula.

How to get to Katsuren Castle?

  • 80min from Naha Bus Terminal (Airport) to Katsuren Danchi-mae stop by bus 52 and
  • 5min walk from Katsuren Danchi-mae stop to Katsuren Castle

Sightseeing spots


Visitor’s center - located at the parking lot gives you first hand information about the castle

Ryukyuan religion shrine - located within the first bailey and dedicated to Kobazukasa

Festival & Events (dates can change without notice)


Gushiku Shimauta Ashibi (21st and 22nd)
This Okinawan Folk Song Festival is held on the grounds of the Katsuren Castle ruins since 2012 and features a wide variety of famous local singers.

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