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

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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.

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How to get there
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, 1060 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, 1020 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.

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Hours and Fees
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, New Year holidays
Admission:200 yen
English:Moderate

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