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Home - Travel - Sightseeing Guide - Okinawa - Honto
Nakagusuku Castle Ruins 
# 9   of 21 most visited sights
in Okinawa Island

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Nakagusuku Castle is one of several castles, which were built across Okinawa during the era of the Ryukyu Kingdom, which had been in existence for several centuries before Okinawa became a Japanese prefecture in 1879. Only ruins remain of the castle today, but these are well preserved, and the castle's division into multiple citadels can still clearly be recognized. There are also nice views of the surrounding area and Nakagusuku Bay from the castle ruins.

Nakagusuku Castle is among the Gusuku Sites and Related Properties of the Kingdom of Ryukyu, which were added to the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the year 2000. It is recommended to combine a visit to Nakagusuku Castle with a visit to nearby Nakamurake, a beautiful, traditional Okinawan style residence from the 18th century.

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How to get there
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Nakagusuku Castle is located in central Okinawa Honto, about 15 kilometers northeast of Naha.

By bus

Take bus number 30 from Naha Bus Terminal to Nakagusuku Shogakko-mae (60 minutes, 730 yen, 2-4 buses per hour), from where it is a 30 minute walk uphill to the castle.

By car

Take the Okinawa Expressway to the Kita-Nakagusuku Exit (about 20 minutes from central Naha; more during rush hours), from where signs will lead you in about five minutes to the nearby castle.

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Hours and Fees
On April 1, 2014, the consumption tax increased from 5% to 8%, causing widespread changes to admission fees. This page has not been updated yet, and some of the fees in this section may not be up-to-date.

Hours:8:30 to 17:00 (until 18:00 from May to September)
Closed:No closing days
Admission:400 yen

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