Nakijin Castle 今帰仁城
|Alternate Name||Nakijin-gusuku, Hokuzan-jo|
|Admin's Rating||★ ★ ★ ★ ☆|
|Historical Site||National Historic Site|
|Historical Value||Top 100 Castles, UNESCO World Heritage Site|
|Website||Gusuku Sites - Nakijin Castle|
|Notes||not personally visited|
Nakijin castle is estimated to have been built in the 13th Century by the AJi lords. It was the home of the Aji until the Hanji took control in the 14th century and established the Hokuzan Kingdom whose base was Nakijin Castle. In 1416 the Chuzan Kingdom conquered the Hokuzan Kingdom and stationed their governor at Nakijin Castle. The governor, Lord Gosamaru, was said to have been a descendent of the Aji lords who originally built Nakijin Castle.
Nakijin Castle, along with Shuri Castle and several other related sites in Okinawa, were desiganted a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site in 2000. They are also designated a National Historical Site.
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