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Nakagusuku Castle

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Type  Gusuku
Condition  Ruins
Phone  +81 98-935-5719
Open to the public  yes
In use  early 1440-1611
Built by  Gosamaru
Nakagusuku Castle
Controlled by  Ryūkyū Kingdom (1440–1879)  Empire of Japan (1879–1945) United States Military Government of the Ryukyu Islands(1945-1950) United States Civil Administration of the Ryukyu Islands(1950-1972)  Japan(1972-present)
Materials  Ryūkyūan limestone, wood
Address  503 Ogusuku, Kitanakagusuku, Nakagami District, Okinawa Prefecture 901-2314, Japan
Hours  Open today · 8:30AM–5PMVernal Equinox Day might affect these hoursMonday(Vernal Equinox Day)8:30AM–5PMHours might differTuesday8:30AM–5PMWednesday8:30AM–5PMThursday8:30AM–5PMFriday8:30AM–5PMSaturday8:30AM–5PMSunday8:30AM–5PM
Similar  Katsuren Castle, Zakimi Castle, Gusuku, Nakijin Castle, Tamaudun

Nakagusuku Castle (中城城, Nakagusuku-jō) is a gusuku in the village of Kitanakagusuku, Okinawa, Japan. It is one of a number of castles built on the island of Okinawa by the Ryukyu Kingdom now in ruins. The legendary Ryukyuan commander, Gosamaru, built the fortress in the early 15th century to defend against attacks from the east by Lord Amawari of Katsuren Castle. Amawari attacked the castle in 1458 and defeated Gosamaru shortly before his own castle was attacked by Uni-Ufugusuku. The castle was visited by Commodore Matthew C. Perry in 1853, who noted that the walls seemed to be designed to absorb cannon fire. The six courtyards of this fortress with stacked stone walls make it a prime example of a gusuku. It was added to the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 2000. It is regarded as one of the 100 most famous castles in Japan. Less than 50 meters away from the castle is the Nakagusuku Hotel ruins.


  • Motoo, Hinago (1986). Japanese Castles. Tokyo: Kodansha. p. 200 pages. ISBN 0-87011-766-1. 
  • References

    Nakagusuku Castle Wikipedia

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