Nakijin Castle is located in Motobu Peninsula in northern area of Okinawa Honto. Nakijin castle has become the second largest historical site in Okinawa and has been registered as UNESCO World Heritage. Nakijin Castle was built in the 13th century, but during the battle for Okinawa in 1945 the castle was bombed by the US military.
Nakijin Castle is different from other Japanese castles. Nakijin was built using small limestone and large carved limestone, this makes Nakijin Castle different from other castles that have straight walls. If you want to know more about Nakijin history, you can learn in Nakijin Museum of Culture and History.
Nakijin castle has unique architecture like the Great Wall from China. Nakijin will take you back to the 13th century as you once step through the gate. As you continue walking, you will see and enjoy many green trees and beautiful blue sea.
During January and February, you will be able to see beautiful cherry blossoms / sakura here. If you come to Nakijin Castle at night, you will be accompanied by a small yellow lantern lamp along the road that will give a romantic impression.
The best way to visit Nakijin Castle is to use private transport / sightseeing taxi in Okinawa. Easy Travel has lots of sightseeing taxi in Okinawa with afforable price.
Yanbaru Express Bus
The Yanbaru Express Bus directly connects the airport and city center of Naha with Nakijin Castle. Get off at Nakijin Joseki Iriguchi (今帰仁城跡入口). From here it is a 15-20 minute walk uphill to the castle ruins. The one way trip takes about 2.5 hours and costs around 2000 yen. There are six round trips per day. In central Naha, the bus stops at the Prefectural Office (県庁北口), Tomari Port and Furujima Station along the Yurail monorail among other locations.
By regular buses
Take highway bus number 111 from Naha to Nago Bus Terminal (90 minutes, 2100 yen from Naha Bus Center; 105 minutes, 2190 yen from Naha Airport; 1-2 buses/hour) and transfer to bus number 65 or 66 that run counterclockwise and clockwise respectively in a loop around the peninsula. Get off at Nakijin Joseki Iriguchi (今帰仁城跡入口, 45-60 minutes, 790-1000 yen, 1-2 buses per hour), from where it is a 15-20 minute walk uphill to the castle ruins.
Hours & Fees
Open everyday from 08.00 ~ 18.00
Adult 400 Yen
Children (up to highschool) 300 Yen
Adult 320 Yen
Child (up to highschool) 220 Yen
※ Free for children elementary
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