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Nakagusuku Castle Ruins

About Nakagusuku Castle Ruins/Nakagusuku Castle is on the list of 100 famous castles in Japan. It is also designated as a Japanese historical site as well as a UNESCO World Heritage site, under the title “Gusuku Sites and Related Properties of the Ryukyu Kingdom”.

About Nakagusuku Castle Ruins

The Main Gate


The Shuri Utuushi (Shuri worship area) can be found in this enclosure as well as the Kudaka Utuushi (Kudaka worship area). There are 8 sacred places of prayer in this part of the castle. A very interesting note about this enclosure is that people still use this area to worship to this day.

The “Ufugaa” Well (literally “Big Well”)

It can be found inside the north enclosure. Two other wells called “Miituugaa” (Married couple wells) can be found in the west enclosure.

Main Plaza –  The Rear Gate

The Kanjaagama (workplace for blacksmith)

Ironworks were practiced here but we do not know if it was for the castle or for the village. One theory is that it was used to make weapons for Lord Gosamaru, who was preparing for an eventual attack from Lord Amawari.

The West Enclosure


This part of the castle is said to be used for the training of soldiers and horsemen. It is 120 meters long.

The South Enclosure


The Shuri Utuushi (Shuri worship area) can be found in this enclosure as well as the Kudaka Utuushi (Kudaka worship area). There are 8 sacred places of prayer in this part of the castle. A very interesting note about this enclosure is that people still use this area to worship to this day.

The First Enclosure


It is Nakagusuku Castle’s largest enclosure. The main hall used to be in the first enclosure. The Magiri headquarters (administrative district for the Ryukyu kingdom) was constructed later. After the abolishment of principalities (han) and the creation of prefectures (ken), Nakagusuku Village’s office was established here, but was destroyed during the Okinawa Battle.

The Second Enclosure


The stone laying technique used in the first and second enclosures is called “Nunozumi”. The beauty of the curvilinear shapes of the second enclosure catches one’s eye.

The Rear Gate


The rear gate faces northeast. Its splendid arch prompted Commodore Perry to compare it to an elaborate ancient Egyptian architecture.

The Third Enclosure


It is also called “Miigusuku” (New Castle) as it was added later. The stone architecture shown here is the most advanced. It is called “Aikatazumi” or “Turtleback” as it made of curvilinear shape

The North Enclosure


It is said to have been constructed by Lord Gosamaru in order to surround the Ufugaa well.

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  • World Heritage (Gusuku and Related Properties of the Kingdom of Ryukyu)
  • Designated Historic Sites in Japan
  • 100 Best Castles in Japan
  • Address of the office503 Oshiro Kitanakagusuku-son Nakagami-gun Okinawa 901-2314 JAPAN
  • Address of the historic site1258 Tomari Nakagusuku-son Nakagami-gun Okinawa JAPAN
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