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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  • August 7, 2017
    You will be directed to the parking lot at the foot of the park here and go off in the car. Just ignore it and go up along the Park, large parking lot on the other side of the Park. Is recommended because it can cut the long climbing road and Park here. Large grassy Park is located behind the gusuku, on holiday near to come. Climb up from the other side and gusuku, gourmet was and will be around the entrance. Some viewed the stone at the entrance were said to be valuable, while climbing on the wall. I can do currently prepared, so many signs.
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  • August 5, 2017
    Guidebook says good to see the sunset or the good times as I walked. And the residential area on the slope. Parking is also available to highlight feeling was so place so would understand. Large castle that guests can enjoy on the soldiers. I didn't stay long, made me very clean on the soldiers, but the weather was nice but sunsets and clouds.  Is that when you see a beautiful sunset may be unexpectedly low. It was dusk and Castle other than people who did not, we could see the gently.
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  • July 29, 2017
    We visit the castle ruins at the last moment and boy it did not disappoint us! We'd love to be able to climb above the ruins of the castle to have a panoramic view of the surroundings. It was very peaceful
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  • April 3, 2017
    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.
  • November 27, 2016
    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.
  • April 3, 2017
    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.
  • January 1, 2017
    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.
  • March 3, 2017
    Nothing there but walls. Small ruins, but it is a good place to enjoy the view and the garden.

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