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Urasoe-joseki is a castle ruins in Okinawa that was built in 13th century during the ryukyu Kingdom era. If you have reservation, the staff will guide you.
- Phone number0988-74-9345
- AreaMiddle part
- Parkingcars 40 free lots
- TagCastle ruinswar-related siteNatureUrasoe-city
- Hoursopen yearly
Urasoe-city is located in the southern part of mainland Okinawa and is next to Naha-city(the seat of the prefectural government). It it the 4th biggest city in Okinawa where 11 million people are living. You can easily access the popular tourist spot Chatan.The city is surrounded by beautiful nature and the ocean. This is a good place to live. There are many good cafes in the city. A&W and Blue seal ice cream are very popular among the tourists and locals. At the Urasoe-joseki, there is a hill that is overlooking Urasoe-city and a castle ruin which was built in Ryukyu kingdom era, during the 13the century. The castle has been repaired many times after the battle of Okinawa. The castle was nearly destroyed from the war, However, some parts of the castle still remains. Uraso joseki is one of the rare and few castles that you can feel the atmosphere of Ryukyu kingdom.
Urasoe Gusuku/ Youdore center
Urasoe-city is located at more elevated land than Naha-city, The Urasoe-joseki is located at the highest spot in the city, you can get there in 20 minutes from Naha-airport by a car. Before the Castle, there is a Urasoe-gusuku and Youdore center. At the center you can get a guide map of Urasoe-joseki ruins and Youdore center. For 100 yen you can learn and see the history of Urasoe-city and Urasoe-joseki ruins through observing the exhibitions of earthenware and goods from WWⅡ. The place is the stage of the movie "Hacksaw ridge". Many people are now interested in the history and the place. Many visitors from overseas come here to see the place. There is a guided tour only for weekends that explain the history of the castle. (※must have reservation Adults:1500yen/hour 3000yen/2hours)
Once you enter the Urasoe-joseki, there is a big hill. From the entrance, at the left side, there is a way to "Urasoe youdore". If you go down the stairs, you'll see the “Urasoe youdore”. “Youdore” means “no wind” in the language of Ryukyu Kingdom and they named the place to pray for the King to rest in peace. Back in the time of the Ryukyu Kingdom era, Eiso King and Syounei King built the castle. Their grave is surrounded by the forest and rocks, you can overlook the west coast from the hill. Now the inside of the grave is closed, You can see the replica of the grave at the Youdore center.
Scenery that you can feel the time flow
Once you go up the stairs and walk the street of the Castle, there is a hill that you can overlook Naha-city, and West coast ocean. If you go further, you will find yourself in restricted area a place has sign of keep out. That place was a powerful battle between Japanese and American armies that lasted over 3 weeks. Still today, some remains from the battle are being dug up. There is a green grassy yard at the castle, and the wind there feels awesome. You can imagine why the king thought this would be a good place for a castle. The place is very calm and has a peaceful atmosphere.
Features of Urasoe-joseki
Urasoe-city was a city that the Eiso King built in the 13th to 14th century during the Ryukyu kingdom era. At that time, the city was called “Uraosoi” which means “attack and concur the cities”, Hence Urasoe-city used to have a strong power and prospered as a strong city.
The view from the castle is very a worthy sight. Because of its location, you can overlook Naha-city and Ginowan-city, especially during a hot summer day.
The Castle is where you can feel the old days of Okinawa and its importants. You can learn about crucial event that happened in Okinawan history. Come visit the Urasoe-jyouseki castle ruin to learn Okinawan history and a unique place.
In the long history, the castle got an attack from the battle of Okinawa. The Shinto priest brought 御神体(the object worship in the Shinto religion) and made a temporal Shrine in Uruma-city. They protected the 御神体 until it was moved to a cave in Futenma. Please visit the Futenma shrine and feel the history inside the cave as well.
Urasoe-joseki Castle ruins Information
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Postcode:901-2103 2Nakama Uruma-city Okinawa
It takes 30 minutes from Naha air port by a car
It takes 10 minutes from NakamaIriguchi bus stop by walking
Inside the castle is yearly open
Urasoe Gusuku/Youdore center: 9:00-17:00
Inside the castle : open yearly
Urasoe Gusuku/Youdore center (Close: Monday/New year)
Urasoe Gusuku/Youdore center
a walk around the castle tour
How to pay
Reservation is only available for group visitor
Urasoe Gusuku/Youdore center 22 free parking lots
You are not allowed to smoke in non-smorking area. There are several smorking areas in Youdore/ Urasoe gusuku center
A little advise from Churashima travel
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You can enjoy the magnificent okinawan nature and learn important history of Okinawa. There are shops and restaurants close to the castle and you can enjoy shopping and delicious food.
Avoid wearing heels and sandals to prevent fall. It's recommended to wear shoes. If you want a guided tour, You'll need a reservation.
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