Zakimi Castle




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.

Visit Notes

not personally visited


Castle Profile
English Name Zakimi Castle
Japanese Name 座喜味城
Alternate Names Zakimi-gusuku, Yuntanza Gusuku
Founder Aji Gosamaru
Year Founded 15th century
Castle Type Mountaintop
Castle Condition Ruins only
Designations Next 100 Castles, UNESCO World Heritage Site, National Historic Site
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Features stone walls
Visitor Information
Access bus
Visitor Information
Time Required
Website zkm.html
Location Yomitan, Okinawa Prefecture
Coordinates 26° 24' 30.85" N, 127° 44' 30.16" E
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Added to Jcastle 2006
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123 months ago
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Well worth the drive, provided its not too hot and sweaty! Interesting construction with a European feel to the remaining walls.

Anonymous user #1

153 months ago
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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.