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Zakimi Castle, Yomitan-son

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Head uphill to see Zakimi Castle, part of a World Heritage Site protecting the remnants of the Ryukyu Kingdom. Built by the Chuzan Kingdom in the 15th century as a defense against the rebels of the north, the castle stood as the kingdom defeated its rivals and united the island under the Ryukyu banner. Today, only the stone walls and palisades remain, although their design and structure still capture the imagination. Visit the onsite museum to learn more about the citadel's history, then stroll the grounds and take in the extensive views of the surrounding area. Zakimi Castle is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our online itinerary creator, Yomitan-son Edition.
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Where to stay in Yomitan-son

Many visitors to Yomitan-son are exclusively interested in its coastline, so developers have largely pandered to such wishes. You'll find a number of resorts, either on the coast directly west of the town center, or north and south along the shoreline. Looking out across beaches and with ample grounds for pools, restaurants, and the like, they represent the luxury options in town. Head inland a little and you'll find some more humble offerings, including guesthouses and simpler hotels.
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  • It is a UNESCO World Heritage site. The view is great and there is a lot of room for kids to run around. Over the hill from the ruins is a nice open park as well. There is not a lot of information pro...  more »
  • The title says it all. My family loves these castle ruins. The sunsets here are always breathtaking.  more »
  • I really enjoyed my visit. Just to be able to wander around. Plenty of parking and easy access. There weren't many folks  more »
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  • It is a UNESCO World Heritage site. The view is great and there is a lot of room for kids to run around. Over the hill from the ruins is a nice open park as well. There is not a lot of information provided but It is free to get in, and there is a small parking lot nearby. The only downside is the visitor center is closed for remodeling until 2018. It is a great way to spend an afternoon.
  • This is one of the smallest castles I have been to. It's really nice though. It'll probably take at the most 30 minutes to go around and see this castle. There is no fee to see it. There is a garden surrounding the perimeter of the castle, it's a nice area to sit and enjoy the views. The only reason why I gave it four stars is because I have been to most of the castles and this one compared to the others did not measure up. But it's still a great place to make a quick visit.
  • Great views and a very nice walk through a small forrest park on the way up to the castle. Probably one of the top 10 things to see on Okinawa.
  • This castle was a great place to check out. Be sure to drive to both parking lots to all there is to see. Not only is there a castle, but there is open area and an observation tower.
  • Nothing there but walls. Small ruins, but it is a good place to enjoy the view and the garden.