Zakimi Castle 座喜味城
Founder Aji Gosamaru
Year 15th century
Type Mountaintop
Condition Ruins
Alternate Name Zakimi-gusuku, Yuntanza Gusuku
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Historical Site National Historic Site
Historical Value UNESCO World Heritage Site
Location Yomitan, Okinawa
Map Google Map
Access bus
Website Gusuku Sites - Zakimi Castle
Notes not personally visited
History Zakimi Castle was originally built to check the rising power of the Hokuzan Kingdom to the North. After the Chuzan Kingdom defeated Hokuzan, Lord Gosamaru moved to Nakijin Castle to govern over the area for the Chuzan Kingdom.

Zakimi Castle, along with Shuri Castle and several other related sites in Okinawa, were desiganted a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site in 2000. They are also designated a National Historical Site.

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  • Usagi on My Page    January 08, 2011 at 07:05 PM
    Well worth the drive, provided its not too hot and sweaty! Interesting construction with a European feel to the remaining walls.
  • Greg Steiner    July 07, 2008 at 04:41 PM
    This castle site is in excellent condition and is a pleasant walk for the family to go see. Few signs are in English, but figuring out the uses for structures is half the fun in visiting. It is well marked on road signs and easy to get to. I would recommend this site to anyone looking for a few hours to tour.
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Yomitan, Okinawa
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