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Zakimi Castle Ruins

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Zakimi Castle is found off route 6 in Yomitan.  The castle ruins are a Unesco World Heritage Site.  The castle areas are well cared for and the walls carefully restored.  There are some wonderful views of the surrounding area from the top of the walls. 

At the base of the castle, next to the parking lot, is a small museum.  The Yomitan Historical and Folk Craft Museum.  They have two English language pamphlets available, one giving information on the items found in the museum and another on the history of Zakimi Castle.  These two informative documents make the, very reasonable, entry fee well worthwhile.  The museum artefacts themselves are interesting but nothing spectacular.  There are some English signs and the explanations in the pamphlet are very good.  On the second floor is a small art gallery, which is included in the price.  In front of the museum look out for a series of elaborate old funeral pots which once held human remains.  Here too is a sign containing an English explanation.


From Naha Bus Terminal take bus number 28 to Takashiho Iriguchi Bus Stop.  It takes about 80 minutes and costs ¥1030 one way.  There are 2-4 buses per hour.  From the bus stop it is a 20 to 30 minute walk to the ruins.

Alternatively, from Naha Bus Terminal take bus number 29 which stops at Zakimi Bus Stop.  It also takes about 80 minutes but costs ¥990.  There are only 5 or 6 buses per day. The ruins are only a 10 minute walk away.

Type: Monument/Building
Costs: Ruins free. Museum ¥200.
Location: Yomitan, Japan
Street address: 708-4 Zakimi
Nearest public transport: Zakimi Bus Stop
Opening hours: Ruins always open. Museum 9am-5pm closed Mon.
Telephone: +81989583141

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