Nakijin castle is estimated to have been built in the 13th Century by the AJi lords. It was the home of the Aji until the Hanji took control in the 14th century and established the Hokuzan Kingdom whose base was Nakijin Castle. In 1416 the Chuzan Kingdom conquered the Hokuzan Kingdom and stationed their governor at Nakijin Castle. The governor, Lord Gosamaru, was said to have been a descendent of the Aji lords who originally built Nakijin Castle.
Nakijin 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.
not personally visited
|English Name||Nakijin Castle|
|Alternate Names||Nakijin-gusuku, Hokuzan-jo|
|Year Founded||13 Century|
|Castle Condition||Ruins only|
|Designations||Top 100 Castles, UNESCO World Heritage Site, National Historic Site|
|Historical Period||Pre Edo Period|
|Location||Nakijin, Okinawa Prefecture|
|Coordinates||26° 41' 24", 127° 55' 51"|
|Year Visited||Viewer Contributed|