Nakagusuku Castle 中城城
stone wall
Picture Donated by Terry P.
Founder Sakinakagusuku Aji
Year mid 1300's
Type Mountaintop
Condition Ruins
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Historical Site National Historic Site
Historical Value Top 100 Castles, UNESCO World Heritage Site
Location Nakagusuku, Okinawa Pref.
Map Google Map
Access 50 min by bus from Naha Bus Terminal; 5 min taxi
Website Gusuku Sites - Nakagusuku
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History Nakakgusuku Castle was built by Sakinakagusuku Aji in the mid 14th Century and expanded upon by Gosamaru in the early 15th Century. Gosamaru was moved to Nakagusuku by the king to check the rising power of Amawari Aji in Katsuren Castle. In 1458 the castle fell to attacks by Amawari the lord of Katsuren Castle. The castle is made up of 6 baileys, each of a different elevation. It is said that Commodore Perry was impressed by the strength of the castle and the engineering displayed in its construction.

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  • furinkazan on My Page    May 09, 2015 at 05:39 PM
    To answer your question Eric, yes i visited today 2 other Okinawan castles. Nakagusukujô was first. Since the bus terminal is almost closed i took the bus #30 in front of the Ryubo department store. I told the busdriver where i was heading and he stopped at the busstop at 2 km from the site. The fee is 750¥. The site is nicely maintained and is bigger than I thought. At the admission counter you receive a leaflet in english and the indication panels are translated. Like all okinawan castles it is completely different from japanese ones, being built during the Ryukyu period.
  • rebolforces on My Page    April 25, 2015 at 02:17 PM
    2km walk up hill from bus stop. Fantastic spot, great views, lots of walls. #30 Bus runs from bus stop B of Naha Bus terminal
  • R. C. H. Schmidt    February 19, 2012 at 05:59 AM
    In 1976 the Boy Scouts of America and Japan held their Third Japan-US Friendship Jamborette on the grounds outside of this castle. About 700 attended. The weather was beautiful.
  • John    April 12, 2010 at 10:10 AM
    I was stationed on Okinawa from July 1967 to July 1969. My visits to Nakagusuku Castle are among my most memorable in Okinawa. I took a lot of photos of and from the walls and all visits were on gorgeous, blue-sky-weather days.
  • Alex Perry    March 01, 2009 at 12:20 PM
    I visited this castle in 1995 with my sensei who suggested he has a personal family lineage traceable back to early times. It was an amazing place. You could imagine from high on top looking down over Nishihara and surrounds how the guards must have felt.
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