Urasoe Castle

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  • Address: 2 Chome-2 Nakama, Urasoe-shi, Okinawa-ken 901-2103, Japan
  • Timings: 24-hrs Details
  • Time Required: 00:40 Mins
  • Tags: Ancient Ruin, Castle, Family And Kids
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The Urasoe Castle Ruins dates back to the 13th century-starting off as a foundation for the Chuzan and serving the Ryukyu dynasty from the 15th to the 18th century to later be used by the US military post the Second World War. The castle was handed back to Japan in the 1970’s and currently sit around 140 meters above the sea level. The place is one of the best spots to see the skyline of Okinawa.

Fun fact- the movie “Hacksaw Ridge” directed by Mel Gibson was shot here. Even though this castle today lies in ruins, it is still served as an ideal defence spot against the US troops during the Second World War. A majority of the caste was ruined in the war but a small portion of it still remains. You can find historic masonry walls, stone pathways and the remains of a nearby cemetery where royals of the Ryukyu family are buried. A nearby park has a play area for children and is a loved spot for nature lovers. When here don’t miss the ceremonial path that was excavated in the 20th century and was used to connect the castle to the tombs. The excavation unearthed more than 30,000 objects and the cemetery itself shows a number of Buddhist statues and sculptures.

Other highlights of the place include the Needle Rock or “Tametomo iwa” which is a vertical geological rock formation that can be seen from one of the viewing points around the city.

Urasoe Castle Travel Tips

  • Carry bottled drinking water and wear comfortable shoes.

Entrance Ticket Details For Urasoe Castle

  • Admission to the place is free of cost.

How to Reach Urasoe Castle

  • By Bus: Kakazu (around 3 kilometres away)
  • By renting a Car/Bike

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  • Urasoe Castle Address: 2 Chome-2 Nakama, Urasoe-shi, Okinawa-ken 901-2103, Japan
  • Urasoe Castle Timing: 24-hrs
  • Best time to visit Urasoe Castle(preferred time): 08:00 am - 05:00 pm
  • Time required to visit Urasoe Castle: 00:40 Mins
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