The lower 4th Enclosure of Katsuren Castle Ruins is not as restored as the fully walled enclosures above it (Photo: Michael Flemming)

Katsuren Castle Ruins

Ten Generation Haven of the Peninsula Lords

Michael Flemming   - 1 min read

Amawari was the 10th lord of Katsuren Castle when he was abruptly killed in a politically charged spat with the rival lord of Nakagusuku Castle and the King of Shuri Castle. The 15th Century castle is in ruins although the walls of most of its five enclosures are restored. This castle must be scaled in athletic or hiking shoes as it towers above Katsuren Peninsula and the surrounding area along a steep road followed by jagged and slippery limestone walkways. Katsuren Caste Ruins is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Japanese National Historical Site. Get to the site by driving east along Route 16 from Route 329 in Okinawa City, or ride bus 27 or bus 52 from the Naha or Yakena (Uruma City) terminals.

Michael Flemming

Michael Flemming @michael.flemming

I'm a wanderer in Okinawa turning over every stone I can find. I write, photograph and blog about my favorite finds here in Japan's southernmost prefecture.