Sign in for a personalized experience.
Japan Guide Homepage
Travel
Living
Forum
Jobs
Friends
Shopping
Essentials
-
Sightseeing
-
Accommodation
-
Transportation
-
Food
-
Budget Travel
-
Shopping
-
Questions

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

jump to:   access  -  admission  -  ratings  -  tours

The Zakimi Castle Ruins are located on a hill in central Okinawa Honto, not far from Cape Zampa. Only the stone walls remain, which visitors can ascend for good views over the ruins and the surrounding area and as far as Shuri Castle and Naha Port in the distance. The castle is included as one of the UNESCO World Heritage designated Castles of the Ryukyu Kingdom.

Zakimi Castle was built in the early 1400s by the Chuzan Kingdom which ruled over central Okinawa Honto. The castle served as a safeguard against rebels in the north, after the Chuzan Kingdom defeated the Hokuzan Kingdom in the north and eventually united the island into the Ryukyu Kingdom.

There is a small museum next to the parking lot with displays on local art, folkcraft, and history. The museum does not focus on the castle in particular, but rather gives a general perspective on the local community, including exhibits on archaeological relics, dwellings, funerary customs and the war.

Any Questions? Ask them in our question forum.

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

The Zakimi Castle Ruins are located in central Okinawa Honto, about 25 kilometers north of Naha.

By bus

Take bus number 28 from Naha Bus Terminal to Takashiho Iriguchi (高志保入口, 80 minutes, 1030 yen, 2-4 buses per hour), from where the castle ruins can be reached in a 20-30 minute walk. Alternatively, there are infrequent buses along line 29 that stop at Zakimi bus top (座喜味, 80 minutes, 990 yen, 5-6 buses per day), a ten minute walk from the castle ruins.

By car

By car, it takes about one hour to reach the castle ruins from central Naha.

How to get to and around Okinawa Honto

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.

Castle Ruins
Hours:Always open
Closed:No closing days
Admission:Free

Museum
Hours:9:00 to 17:00 (entry until 16:30)
Closed:Mondays, national holidays, Tuesday if Monday is a national holiday
June 23, December 29 to January 3
Admission:200 yen
English:Moderate

Advertisement

Tours and Packages
Okinawa Tours
Various tours and travel packages for Okinawa.

User Ratings
Ratings for Zakimi Castle:
japan-guide.com Rating:
  interesting  
User Rating (by 19 users):
79/100
  recommended

Best rated sights nationwide (out of 764):
420.  Iyashi no Sato (Fuji Five Lakes)   79/100
421.  Hayatama Taisha (Kumano)   79/100
422.  Sapporo Beer Museum (Sapporo)   79/100
423.  Tsuruga Castle (Aizu)   79/100
424.  Mikumari Shrine (Yoshino)   79/100
425.  Zakimi Castle (Okinawa Island)   79/100
426.  Museum of History (Osaka)   79/100
427.  Lake Kawaguchiko (Fuji Five Lakes)   79/100
428.  Jidai Matsuri (Kyoto)   79/100
429.  Tokyo Water Bus (Tokyo)   79/100
Most visited sights nationwide (out of 894):
658.  Ceatec Japan (Tokyo)   39
659.  Yamanaka Onsen (Kaga Onsen)   38
660.  007 Museum (Naoshima)   38
661.  Shibu Onsen (Yamanouchi)   38
662.  Kanamaruza Theater (Kotohira)   38
663.  Zakimi Castle (Okinawa Island)   38
664.  Sefa Utaki (Okinawa Island)   38
665.  Curb Market (Sapporo)   37
666.  Matsuyama Castle (Bitchu-Takahashi)   36
667.  Unzen Onsen (Shimabara Peninsula)   36

User Feedback
We strive to keep japan-guide.com up-to-date and accurate, and are always looking for ways to improve the user experience. If you have any updates, suggestions, corrections or opinions, please let us know:

Online Reservations
Hotel
 
Car
 
Flight
 
Bus

(check-in)

Related Pages
Travel
Sightseeing
Okinawa Prefecture
Okinawa Honto

Castles
World Heritage Sites

Naha
Shuri Castle
Tamaudun Mausoleum
Shikinaen Garden
Kokusaidori Street
Tsuboya Pottery District
Okinawa Prefectural Museum

Churaumi Aquarium
Ocean Expo Park
Nakijin Castle Ruins
Nago Pineapple Park
Hiji Waterfall
Hedo Misaki

Nakagusuku Castle Ruins
Nakamurake Residence
Zakimi Castle Ruins
Katsuren Castle Ruins
Mihama American Village
Ryukyu Mura

War Memorials
Okinawa World
Sefa Utaki

Castles of the Ryukyu Kingdom
Beaches on Okinawa Honto
Okinawa Food Guide

Naha: Access and Orientation
Honto: Access and Orientation

Related Questions
Okinawa scenic spots
 0 reactions, last updated 23 hours ago
Day trip to Okinawa?
 2 reactions, last updated 9 days ago
Ferry between Zamami and Kume Islands ?
 2 reactions, last updated 13 days ago
Naha to Hamahiga
 1 reaction, last updated 16 days ago
Okinawa airfare
 1 reaction, last updated 29 days ago
Okinawa hotels/beaches
 1 reaction, last updated 29 days ago
Travel in July - Okinawa and islands
 4 reactions, last updated 46 days ago
Tokashiki-jima Island
 1 reaction, last updated 60 days ago
Kagoshima Ferry to Okinawa
 5 reactions, last updated 65 days ago
Accomodation in Okinawa honto without car...
 6 reactions, last updated 86 days ago
Okinawa War Memorials
 3 reactions, last updated 93 days ago
Kerama
 1 reaction, last updated 95 days ago
Naha or Ishigaki
 6 reactions, last updated 98 days ago
Okinawa (Kerama) - Jellyfish experience?
 1 reaction, last updated 109 days ago
Luggage locker between Naha and Nago?
 2 reactions, last updated 127 days ago
Rush Hour Times in Naha
 5 reactions, last updated 129 days ago
Okinawa Yui rail pass
 1 reaction, last updated 130 days ago
Any bus pass in Okinawa?
 3 reactions, last updated 132 days ago
Diving in Kerama or Miyako
 4 reactions, last updated 134 days ago
Habu
 1 reaction, last updated 139 days ago

Travel
Living
Japan A-Z
Community
Sightseeing
Accommodation
Transportation
Shopping
Essentials
Regions
Prefectures
Cities
Working
Studying
Living Cost
Apartments
Arts and Crafts
Entertainment
History
Religion
Etiquette
Food
Language
Tradition
Question Forum
Classifieds
Trip Reports
Member Area
Sightseeing Guide
Hokkaido
Sapporo
Otaru
Hakodate
Noboribetsu
Niseko
Furano
Daisetsuzan
Shiretoko
more...
Tohoku
Sendai
Matsushima
Hiraizumi
Hachimantai
Hirosaki
Lake Towada
Dewa Sanzan
Aizu
more...
Kanto
Tokyo
Yokohama
Kamakura
Hakone
Nikko
Kawagoe
Kusatsu
Narita
more...
Chubu
Nagoya
Mount Fuji
Izu Peninsula
Matsumoto
Kiso Valley
Takayama
Shirakawa-go
Kanazawa
more...
Kansai
Kyoto
Osaka
Nara
Kobe
Himeji
Mount Koya
Kumano
Ise Shima
more...
Chugoku
Hiroshima
Miyajima
Okayama
Kurashiki
Tottori
Matsue
Iwakuni
Hagi
more...
Shikoku
Takamatsu
Kotohira
Naoshima
Matsuyama
Kochi
Tokushima
Naruto
Iya Valley
more...
Kyushu
Fukuoka
Nagasaki
Kumamoto
Mount Aso
Beppu
Kagoshima
Kirishima
Yakushima
more...
Okinawa
Honto
Kume
Miyako
Yaeyama
Copyright © 1996-2014 japan-guide.com All rights reserved - Last Page Update: May 29, 2013
home - site map - privacy policy - terms of use - contact - employment - 広告について - advertising