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Nakamura house is an historical building that inherites old Okinawan lifestyle. Free parking lots and cafe is available at the center.
- Phone number0989-35-3500
- ParkingFree parking lots available for 20 cars
- TagAn important cultural propertyOkinawan houseField tourSouvenirKitanakagusuku
Nakamura house that is a symbol of an good and old days of Okinawa was built in around mid 18th century. The house survived through the harsh battle of Okinawa miraculously and it was designated by the Ryukyu kingdom as the traditional Okinawan residence in 1956, as important cultural property by Japanese government in 1972. The owner of the house was Ugaji who was a upper classes farmer. Hence there are barns at the house on site. You can see the stone fences for keeping pigs and the goddess of fire is deified. The stone wall made from Ryukyu lime stone and Garcinia spicata trees are surounded the house to protect the house from typhoon wind. The house has a culm atmosphere. The state of preservation of the house is very good. You can enter the house to observe.
Okinawan premises made use of Japanese style and Chinese style
During the Ryukyu kingdom era, from the influence of trading with Japan and China, people started to adopt the method of architecture. They adopted the method of not using nails by learning Japanese style, and the feng shui from Chinese style. People adopted the good points from both countries like they use red roof tile to mathes with Okinawan humid weather.
Uhuya (The main building)
There is Shisa sitting on the vivid red roof tile. There are livingroom, bedroom, and room for buddhist altar. There is a cottage separate from the main building. It was used to welcome the officers from Ryukyu government when they are visiting for inspection. moreover, there is a fire god called "Hinukan" is deyfied at the kichen called "Tunguwa".
A sheer wall
There is no gate at the main building. Hence, they used a sheer wall to seperate the gate and house. Other than that, the wall is also good for sunshae, protection of strong wind, and also prevention from bad evils. Some people say that Chinese wall was inherited to Okinawa. The sheer wall towards at the southeast the spot which gets damage from the typhoon the most. Back then, Men used the right entrance and women used the left entrance across the wall.
A little tidbits about Nakamura house
After you observed the house, you can have home-made brown sugar jelly and tea at the Nakamura house souvenir shop. The jelly is so delicious especially when it's hot. It has mellow and bitter-sweet taste. There is a recipe of how to make the jelly, it's recommended to try making at home!
At the souvenir shop, you can get Okinawan traditional artworks such as, pottery,minsah weaving, Uji-zome(sugarcane dyeing). Moreover, if you are interested in okinawan music, there are CDs at the shop so please check out! You can enjoy shopping and having a break at the souvenir shop!
Koi fish are swimming at the pond in the garden. There are tables and chairs you can sit and relax. It's recommended to sit at the table and see the Nakamura house in a distance. You may feel the eternal time from the past to the future.
Nakamura house Information
Postcode: 901-2314 106 Aza Oshiro Kitanakagusuku village Chutogun Okinawa
It takes about 50 minutes from Naha-airport by a car(about 18.6 miles)
It takes aboout 20 minutes from Kisyaba bus stop by walking
Tuesday (Tuesday will be open on New year's day)
Adult : 500 yen (Group:more than 20 people 450 yen) (Handicapped visitor : 400 yen)
How to pay
Available only at the souvenir shop(VISA,Master,JCB,AMEX,DINERS,DC,UFJ)
Reservation is available
Reservation is available only for group visitor
Free parking lots for 20 cars available
About 30 minutes
You are not allowed to bring pets
A little advise from Churashima travel
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Nakamura house is in a good state of the preservation. The house that is a mixture of Japanese and Chinese culture is must-see!
Credit card is only available at the souvenir shop. *Not at the ticket shop.
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