In the year 2000, UNESCO decided that certain places in Okinawa were to be added to the World Heritage List. All these places were of great importance during the Ryukyu Kingdom period and are today among the most popular places for tourists to visit.
There are 9 places in total and all of them are located on mainland Okinawa. Click on the names for more information.
Shuri, Naha City. Tombs for the Ryukyuan royal family.
Shuri, Naha City. A sacred grove located in Shuri Castle.
Imadomari, Nakijin Village. Built by the lords of the Hokuzan kingdom, Nakijin Castle was the political center of northern Okinawa.
Zakimi, Yomitan Village. Built by general Gosamaru, the purpose of Zakimi Castle was to oversee the northern part of central Okinawa.
Katsurenhaebaru, Uruma City. Called the “Ocean Gusuku”, Katsuren Castle was the where Katsuren was controlled, by lord Amawari.
Ogusuku, Kitanakagusuku Village. Also built by general Gosamaru, Nakagusuku Castle’s purpose was to protect against attacks from the east by lord Amawari.
Shuri, Naha City. The royal court and administrative center during the Ryukyu Kingdom period, Shuri Castle is the most famous of all castles on Okinawa.
Shikina, Naha City. Shikina Royal Garden was the residence of the royal family and also used for the reception of convoys from China.
Chinen, Nanjo City. Sefa Utaki was a key location for the Ryukyuan native religion and till today considered a sacred place.