Site of Zakimi Castle

Okinawa Prefecture

Okinawa Prefecture
Naha , Japan

Zakimi Castle is a gusuku built by Gosamaru, a heroic figure in the fifteenth century. Gosamaru moved here from his feudal seat at Yamada gusuku and, according to legend, he had the castle walls of the Yamada gusuku dismantled and transported to Zakimi to build the castle here. As a result of excavations, we know that the method of construction is one where the foundation stones are dug into the ground and the castle walls assembled on top of the foundations. Gosamaru used this castle for a short time before moving his base to Nakagusuku. The view from the Zakimi Castle ruins is across the magnificent and beautiful scenery of the East China Sea.
In 2000, “Gusuku Sites and Related Properties of the Kingdom of Ryukyu” was registered under UNESCO World Heritage Site.


  • Title: Site of Zakimi Castle
  • Location: Yomitan-son, Nakagami-gun, Okinawa
  • Original Source: Yuntanza Museum
  • Rights: Okinawa Convention&Visitors Bureau

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