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Geographical environment of Okinawa Prefecture from Official site

Okinawa, home to Nakagusuku Castle, consists of more than 150 islands in the East China Sea, between Taiwan and Honshu. Known for its tropical climate, vast beaches and coral reefs, and World War II sites. There is The Okinawa Prefectural Peace Memorial Museum, built to pass on the massive 1945 invasion of the Allied Forces to future generations, and Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium with whale sharks and manta rays in Okinawa's largest island, Okinawa Island,

Profile : Nakijin Castle Ruins

LocationNakijin village, Kunigami District, Okinawa Prefecture
Also known asHokuzan Gusuku(Gusuku means a unique castle in Okinawa Prefecture )
Type of castleMountaintop
Mountain's name
Elevationabout 100m 
Designation World Heritage
National Historic Sites
Year builtend of 13th century
Castle lordPrince Wakugawa
Refurbishment lord
Portrait of Shimadu Tadatune from Wikipedia

the first lord of Satsuma Clan invaded the Ryūkyū Kingdom in Okinawa under the order of the Tokugawa Shogunate
Family Crest from "Bukan Complete Works" (produced by CODH)
adapted from "Classical Japanese National Data Set" (Kokubunken Collection)

The family crest was originally created from the pattern that the emperor and the royal family put on the kimono, and the pattern was made into a fixed pattern, and the one attached to his own oxcart is said to be the beginning of the family crest. The warlords drew large crests on the flag-fingers, used to distinguish enemy views on the battlefield, and used by the generals to determine which warlords were active and how much.
Nakijin Castle overview and the Fire God Shrine location from HP of Nakijin Village

Nakijin Castle admission

admission fee : 400yen (Adult) 300yen(junior high and elemetary school students) for free (under elementary school students)
admission time : (May 1- August 31) : am8-pm7 (other season) : am8-pm6
closing period : open everyday reference official site

Nakijin Castle Google Map

Nakijin Castle Images 

Stone wall of Honmaru

Haneji Clan and others ruled the area in honor of Hokuzan, but were destroyed by the King-Shōhashi, and were later attacked by the Satsuma army and were destroyed.
It is estimated that Shō Clan were actively trading with China so that many Chinese ceramics have been unearthed from Honmaru.
Tall stone wall of Ōsumi

The folding screen-shaped stone wall with the undulating waves called the "hundred bends" is beautiful and has no blind spots. It is estimate that Ōsumi, according to lore, is a training ground for soldiers.
It is consists of seven Kuruwas, the area of ​​which is almost the same size as Shuri Castle. The stone wall surrounding the castle draws curves using the terrain skillfully, and the details of the castle wall are very beautiful, one of the best castles in Okinawa.
The stone walls are solidly constructed of ancient limestone and surround the castle many times.
A relatively low stone wall with a height of around 2m extends for several hundred meters.
The ruins of Nakijin Castle are known as cherry blossom spots, and the cherry blossom festival is held every year from January to February.
Hinukan no Hokora (the God of Fire Shrine)

The god of fire deeply connected to the Ryūkyū royal family is enshrined, thought to have been installed around 1665.

Link : World Heritage Sites

【west japan】Nijō Castle 【south japan】Shuri Castle 【south japan】Nakagusuku Castle 【south japan】Nakijin Castle


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