Visit the Nakagusuku Castle in Uruma Area

Nakagusuku Castle is a UNESCO World Heritage site located in the Uruma area of Okinawa, Okinawa, Japan. The castle was built in the 15th century and served as the residence of the Ryukyu Kingdom's governor. It was also used as a military fortress during the Battle of Okinawa in World War II.

Getting There

Nakagusuku Castle is located about 20 kilometers east of Naha, the capital city of Okinawa. It is accessible by car or bus. The approximate latitude and longitude of the castle is 26.2786° N, 127.7576° E.

  • By car: Take the Okinawa Expressway and exit at Nakagusuku Interchange. Follow the signs to the castle.
  • By bus: Take the number 52 or 98 bus from Naha Bus Terminal and get off at Nakagusuku Castle Iriguchi stop. From there, it is a 15-minute walk to the castle.

Admission and Hours

Admission to Nakagusuku Castle is 400 yen for adults and 300 yen for high school students. Children under 15 years old are free. The castle is open from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm (last admission at 4:30 pm) every day except December 29 to 31.

Things to Do

Visitors can explore the castle's ruins and learn about its history through exhibits and displays. The castle offers scenic views of the surrounding area, including the East China Sea and the city of Naha. There is also a small souvenir shop and café on site.

Tips for Visitors

  • Wear comfortable shoes as there are steep stairs and uneven paths.
  • Bring a hat, sunscreen, and water as there is little shade on the castle grounds.
  • Visit early in the morning or late in the afternoon to avoid crowds and the heat of the day.
  • Respect the castle's history and do not climb or touch the ruins.