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Shikina En is the summer palace of the King of the Ryukyu Kingdom.  Although it is nowhere near a monorail station so less convenient to visit it is well worth making the effort.  Either by doing the Shuri area walking tour or by taking a bus.  

Shikina En was completely destroyed during World War II so had to be reconstructed using plans and photographs of the original buildings and gardens.  In 2000 it was made a Unesco World Heritage Site.  It is a lot less showy than Shuri Castle and is built in the traditional Okinawan style using unadorned wood and red clay roof tiles.  The palace building is set amongst a beautifully laid out garden complete with Koi pond and tea pavilion, a fruit tree orchard and various streams and springs.  Shikina En is an ideal spot to wander around, cool down and relax after the Shuri Area walking tour. 


From Naha Bus Terminal take bus number 2,3,5 or 14 to Shikine En Mae Bus Stop.  Bus number 5 travels along Kokusai Dori so is the most convenient if you are staying in the area. 

Type: Park
Costs: Adults ¥400, Children ¥200
Location: Naha, Japan
Street address: 421-7 Maaji
Nearest public transport: Shikina En Mae Bus Stop
Opening hours: 9am-5:30pm or 5pm in winter. Closed on Wednesday
Telephone: +81988555936

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