Nakagusuku Castle

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  • Nakagusuku Castle, Okinawa

  • Nakagusuku Castle, Okinawa

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Facts & Figures

Nakagusuku Castle (Nakagusuku-jo) is a UNESCO World Heritage Site (part of the Gusuku sites and related properties of the Kingdom of Ryukyu) on the island Okinawa. The six courtyards of the castle are surrounded by well preserved thick walls and arched gates. The location of the castle ruins offers great views over Nakagusuku Bay. My tip: Enjoy a beautiful sunset from the top of the hill. Japan Rail Pass Since 2004 I have traveled nearly every year to Japan. The rail pass made my life easier to discover all those amazing places in my favorite country.
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  • Nakagusuku Castle:
  • Opening Hours - 8:30 am to 5:00 pm (October till May)
  • Opening Hours - 8:30 am to 6:00 pm (June till September)
  • Closed - never, always open
  • Admission Fee - 500 yen (Adults)

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Nakagusuku Castle was built in beginning of the 15th century. In 2000 the castle was registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.


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Nakagusuku Castle is located on the Okinawa main island (Honto), just 15km north of the capital Naha.
Address: 503 Oshiro, Kitanakagusuku-son, Nakagami-gun, Okinawa

How to get to Nakagusuku Castle?

  • 50min from Naha Bus Station to Nakagusuku-Shogakko Elementary School stop by bus 30

Sightseeing spots


Nakamurake Residence - this traditional Okinawan style house (red tile roof) shows you how rich farmers lived in 18th century, it was designated by the Japanese gouvernment as a major cultural asset

Festival & Events (dates can change without notice)


Ryukyuan Cultural Festival (5th of October)
This popular festival is held at the Nakagusuku Castle Ruins. Enjoy the Okinawan folk music, dance performances (incl. a lion dance) and the fantastic food.

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