List of Historic Sites of Japan (Okinawa)

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This list is of the Historic Sites of Japan located within the Prefecture of Okinawa.[1] Much of the heritage of the Ryūkyū Kingdom and Islands was destroyed during the Battle of Okinawa. The mausoleum complex of Tamaudun, Shuri Castle, Katsuren Castle, Nakagusuku Castle, Nakijin Castle, Zakimi Castle, Sefa-utaki, and Sonohyan-utaki all form part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site Gusuku Sites and Related Properties of the Kingdom of Ryukyu.[2]

National Historic Sites[edit]

As of 1 September 2017, forty Sites have been designated as being of national significance.[3][4][5]

Site Island Municipality Comments Image Coordinates Type Ref.
Furusutobaru Castle
Furusutobaru iseki
Ishigaki Island Ishigaki C13-C15 gusuku-style fortifications, domestic buildings, utaki, and tombs extending for 12.3 ha on the Ryūkyū limestone (琉球石灰岩) hills overlooking Miyara Bay; said to have been used by Oyake Akahachi and suppressed by the forces of Shō Shin in 1500; finds include local pottery, white porcelain and celadon from China, and the bones of horses and cows[6][7] Ishigaki furusutobaru iseki.jpg 24°21′04″N 124°11′42″E / 24.3511203°N 124.19500445°E / 24.3511203; 124.19500445 (Furusutobaru Site) 2 [1]
Agena Castle Site
Agena-jō ato
Okinawa Island Uruma gusuku fortified in the fifteenth century[8] Agenagusuku.jpg 26°22′51″N 127°51′01″E / 26.38088963°N 127.85036561°E / 26.38088963; 127.85036561 (Agena Castle Site) 2 [2]
Iha Shell Mound
Iha kaizuka
Okinawa Island Uruma Jōmon site discovered in 1920; finds include shells, fish bones, animal borns, earthenware, stoneware, and goods made of horn[8][9] Iha Shell Mound.jpg 26°25′14″N 127°49′15″E / 26.42047542°N 127.82081653°E / 26.42047542; 127.82081653 (Iha Shell Mound) 1 [3]
Ireibaru Site
Ireibaru iseki
Okinawa Island Chatan early Jōmon site; goods of jade and obsidian are evidence of early maritime trade 26°19′28″N 127°45′31″E / 26.32434512°N 127.7586994°E / 26.32434512; 127.7586994 (Ireibaru Site) 1 [4]
Uegusuku Castle Site
Uegusuku-jō ato
Kumejima Island Kumejima of uncertain date, but probably razed at the time of assimilation into the Ryūkyū Kingdom c.1500; finds include Chinese ceramics and fish bones; the view extends over the entire island[10] 26°22′37″N 126°46′12″E / 26.37696201°N 126.77013595°E / 26.37696201; 126.77013595 (Uegusuku Castle Site) 2 [5]
Uzahama Site
Uzahama iseki
Okinawa Island Kunigami Yayoi site on the northern tip of the island[11] 26°51′58″N 128°15′37″E / 26.86602391°N 128.26020475°E / 26.86602391; 128.26020475 (Uzahama Site) 1 [6]
Urasoe Castle Site
Urazoe-jō ato
Okinawa Island Urasoe fortifications date back to C13/C14; incurred heavy damage during the Battle of Okinawa[12] Urasoe Castle Walls.jpg 26°14′47″N 127°43′56″E / 26.24648788°N 127.73227642°E / 26.24648788; 127.73227642 (Urazoe Castle Site) 2 [7]
Enkaku-ji Site
Enkaku-ji ato
Okinawa Island Naha founded in 1492 by Shō Shin; the wooden temple buildings were destroyed during the war, an ornately carved stone bridge (ICP) survives[13] Enkaku-ji(Shuri)200703.jpg 26°13′06″N 127°43′11″E / 26.21832884°N 127.71963726°E / 26.21832884; 127.71963726 (Enkakuji Site) 3 [8]
Ogidō Shell Mound
Ogidō kaizuka
Okinawa Island Kitanakagusuku Jōmon period, with a 1.2 m thick deposit of shells[14] 26°17′36″N 127°47′55″E / 26.29323453°N 127.79865309°E / 26.29323453; 127.79865309 (Ogidō Shell Mound) 1 [9]
Shimotabaru Castle Site
Shimotabaru-jō ato
Hateruma Island Taketomi 2016-02-26 Shimotabaru-jou,Hateruma 下田原城・ぶりぶち公園 波照間島 DSCF2525.JPG 24°04′10″N 123°46′45″E / 24.06934384°N 123.77915508°E / 24.06934384; 123.77915508 (Shimotabaru Castle Site) 2 [10]
Tamagusuku Castle Site
Tamagusuku-jō ato
Okinawa Island Nanjō Tamagusuku arch.jpg 26°08′39″N 127°46′50″E / 26.1441253°N 127.78067218°E / 26.1441253; 127.78067218 (Tamagusuku Castle Site) 2 [11]
Okinawa Island Naha royal mausoleum complex constructed in 1501; World Heritage Site Tamaudun03bs3200.jpg 26°13′06″N 127°42′53″E / 26.21831078°N 127.71465507°E / 26.21831078; 127.71465507 (Tamaudūn) 7 [12]
Kushibaru Shell Mound
Kushibaru kaizuka
Ie Island Ie variety of shells and Jōmon and Yayoi earthenware[15] 26°42′30″N 127°48′03″E / 26.7083557°N 127.80085456°E / 26.7083557; 127.80085456 (Kushibaru Shell Mound) 1 [13]
Gushikawa Castle Site
Gushikawa-jō ato
Okinawa Island Itoman C13-C15 Chinese ceramics found during excavations; thirteen-year restoration project between 2000 and 2012[16] Historic sites of Gushikawa Castle 01 at Itoman city.JPG 26°04′49″N 127°39′52″E / 26.08027649°N 127.66431713°E / 26.08027649; 127.66431713 (Gushikawa Castle Site (Itoman)) 2 [14]
Gushikawa Castle Site
Gushikawa-jō ato
Kumejima Island Kumejima same name but distinct from the castle in Itoman 26°23′05″N 126°45′07″E / 26.38470951°N 126.75190674°E / 26.38470951; 126.75190674 (Gushikawa Castle (Kumejima)) 2 [15]
Kunigami Hōsei Kaidō
Kunigami hōsei kaidō
Okinawa Island Onna historic route on the west coast of the island[17] 26°26′05″N 127°47′23″E / 26.43476258°N 127.78981966°E / 26.43476258; 127.78981966 (Kunigamihōseikaidō) 6 [16]
Nakijin Castle Site
今帰仁城跡 附シイナ城跡
Nakijin-jō ato tsuketari Shiina-jō ato
Okinawa Island Nakijin sacked in 1432; World Heritage Site; designation includes the site of Shiina Castle (シイナ城)[18] Nakijinjyousi.jpg 26°41′28″N 127°55′47″E / 26.69108846°N 127.92975556°E / 26.69108846; 127.92975556 (Nakijin Castle Site) 2 [17]
Zakimi Castle Site
Zakimi-jō ato
Okinawa Island Yomitan constructed c. 1420 by Gosamaru; World Heritage Site[19] Zakimigusuku.jpg 26°24′30″N 127°44′30″E / 26.40840356°N 127.74176086°E / 26.40840356; 127.74176086 (Zakimi Castle Site) 2 [18]
Okinawa Island Nanjō shrine; excavated artefacts including magatama are an ICP; World Heritage Site[20] Yuinchi.jpg 26°10′24″N 127°49′38″E / 26.17325543°N 127.82717685°E / 26.17325543; 127.82717685 (Seifā Utaki) 3 [19]
Yamada Castle Site
Yamada-jō ato
Okinawa Island Onna Home of Gosamaru. Partially deconstructed to build Zakimi Castle. 26°25′11″N 127°47′12″E / 26.419737°N 127.786575°E / 26.419737; 127.786575 (Yamada Castle Site) 2 [20]
Itokazu Castle Site
Itokazu-jō ato
Okinawa Island Nanjō damaged during the war[21] Itokazu Castle.jpg 26°09′06″N 127°45′46″E / 26.15163312°N 127.76271914°E / 26.15163312; 127.76271914 (Itokazu Castle Site) 2 [21]
Shuri Castle Site
Shuri-jō ato
Okinawa Island Naha palace of the Ryūkyū Kings; the main hall was repurposed as the haiden of Okinawa Shrine; reconstructed after near-total destruction during the war; World Heritage Site Karate ShuriCastle.jpg 26°13′01″N 127°43′09″E / 26.21699426°N 127.71903149°E / 26.21699426; 127.71903149 (Shuri Castle Site) 2 [22]
Katsuren Castle Site
Katsuren-jō ato
Okinawa Island Uruma C15 fortified residence of Amawari; World Heritage Site[8] Katsuren Castle ruins.jpg 26°19′50″N 127°52′43″E / 26.33064943°N 127.8787427°E / 26.33064943; 127.8787427 (Katsuren Castle Site) 2 [23]
Sakishima Beacons
Sakishima-shotō hibanmui
Sakishima Islands Miyakojima, Ishigaki, Tarama, Taketomi, Yonaguni beacon network established in 1644 by the Ryūkyū Kings, under the influence of the Satsuma Domain, to monitor shipping in relation to the policy of sakoku[22] Koto-mori.jpg 24°40′21″N 124°42′17″E / 24.672602°N 124.704697°E / 24.672602; 124.704697 (Sakishima Beacons) 2 [24]
Kabira Shell Mound
Kabira kaizuka
Ishigaki Island Ishigaki inland to the northwest of Kabira Bay 24°28′01″N 124°07′58″E / 24.46695318°N 124.1327838°E / 24.46695318; 124.1327838 (Kabira Shell Mound) 1 [25]
Ōyama Shell Mound
Ōyama kaizuka
Okinawa Island Ginowan 26°16′25″N 127°44′42″E / 26.27372255°N 127.74506971°E / 26.27372255; 127.74506971 (Ōyama Shell Mound) 1 [26]
Yamato Spring
Yamato gā
Miyakojima Island Miyakojima constructed c.1720 and mentioned in Yōsei-kyūki (雍正旧記) (1727); reserved for official use[23] (see also Water supply in Miyakojima) Miyako yamato ga.jpg 24°48′40″N 125°17′09″E / 24.81119218°N 125.28581142°E / 24.81119218; 125.28581142 (Yamato Spring) 8 [27]
Chinen Castle Site
Chinen-jō ato
Okinawa Island Nanjō repaired in C18 by Shō Kei[24] 26°09′38″N 127°48′41″E / 26.16043586°N 127.8113489°E / 26.16043586; 127.8113489 (Chinen Castle Site) 2 [28]
Nakagusuku Castle Site
Nakagusuku-jō ato
Okinawa Island Kitanakagusuku built by Gosamaru of Zakimi Castle to defend against Amawari of Katsuren Castle; World Heritage Site[25][26] Nakagusuku Castle05n3104.jpg 26°17′02″N 127°48′05″E / 26.28401819°N 127.8014842°E / 26.28401819; 127.8014842 (Nakagusuku Castle Site) 2 [29]
Nakagami Hōsei Kaidō
Nakagami hōsei aidō oyobi Futenma sankeimichi
Okinawa Island Urasoe 26°14′45″N 127°43′19″E / 26.24594166°N 127.72194722°E / 26.24594166; 127.72194722 (Nakagami Hōsei Kaidō) 6 [30]
Nakabaru Site
Nakabaru iseki
Ikeijima Island Uruma C5 BC settlement with eleven sunken stone hearths[8] Nakabaruiseki 01.JPG 26°23′30″N 127°59′39″E / 26.39172832°N 127.99421926°E / 26.39172832; 127.99421926 (Nakabaru Site) 1 [31]
Nakadomari Site
Nakadomari iseki
Okinawa Island Onna cave dwellings and shell mound[27] Nakadomari-iseki.JPG 26°26′07″N 127°47′28″E / 26.43534998°N 127.79112758°E / 26.43534998; 127.79112758 (Nakadomari Site) 1 [32]
Shimashīi-Ōzato Castle Site
Shimashīōzato-jō ato
Okinawa Island Nanjō captured by Shō Hashi in the early C15; excavations have uncovered Chinese ceramics and items of iron and bronze[28] 26°08′26″N 127°46′07″E / 26.140664°N 127.768604°E / 26.140664; 127.768604 (Shimashīōzato Castle Site) 2 [33]
Okinawa Island Nishihara centre for veneration of the Ryūkyū Kings, founded on the site of the residence of Shō En before he became king; damaged during the war 26°13′42″N 127°46′05″E / 26.2283337°N 127.7680754°E / 26.2283337; 127.7680754 (Uchimaudūn) 3 [34]
Sueyoshi-gū Site
Sueyoshigū ato
Okinawa Island Naha shrine to Kumano Gongen dating to the time of Shō Taikyū, destroyed during the war[29] Sueyoshi-gū Haiden 2.JPG 26°13′47″N 127°42′50″E / 26.22984537°N 127.71385161°E / 26.22984537; 127.71385161 (Sueyoshigū Site) 3 [35]
Mekaru Tomb Cluster
Mekaru haka ato gun
Okinawa Island Naha group of 330 C14/15 tombs with a large C18 turtle-back tomb; includes the Izenadunchi Tomb (伊是名殿内の墓)[30] Izena Dunchi Tomb6.JPG 26°13′50″N 127°41′51″E / 26.23057554°N 127.69758267°E / 26.23057554; 127.69758267 (Mekaru Tomb Cluster) 7 [36]
Momenbaru Site
Momenbaru iseki
Okinawa Island Yomitan includes a burial with a stone sarcophagus and Yayoi ceramics[31] 26°22′12″N 127°44′06″E / 26.37007559°N 127.73498297°E / 26.37007559; 127.73498297 (Momenbaru Site) 1 [37]
Sashiki Castle Site
Sashiki-jō ato
Okinawa Island Nanjō 26°09′58″N 127°47′14″E / 26.16615068°N 127.78716622°E / 26.16615068; 127.78716622 (Sashiki Castle Site) 2 [38]
Nakagusuku Hanta Road
Nakagusuku Hanta michi
Okinawa Island Nakagusuku 26°16′46″N 127°47′46″E / 26.279342°N 127.796043°E / 26.279342; 127.796043 (Nakagusuku Hanta Road) [39]
Kitadaitōjima Phosphorus Mining Site
Kitadaitō-jima rinkōzan iseki
Kitadaitōjima Island Kitadaitō Kitadaitoucyozouko.jpg 25°57′14″N 131°17′06″E / 25.954002°N 131.28511°E / 25.954002; 131.28511 (Kitadaitōjima Phosphorus Mining Site) [40]

Prefectural Historic Sites[edit]

As of 1 May 2017, fifty-four Sites have been designated as being of prefectural importance.[5][32]

Site Island Municipality Comments Image Coordinates Type Ref.
Ryūtan and its Surroundings
Ryūtan oyobi sono shūhen
Okinawa Island Naha 26°13′12″N 127°43′02″E / 26.220039°N 127.717277°E / 26.220039; 127.717277 (Ryūtan and its Surroundings) for all refs see [41]
Sonohyan utaki
Okinawa Island Naha World Heritage Site Naha Shuri Castle04bs3200.jpg 26°13′05″N 127°43′02″E / 26.218114°N 127.717309°E / 26.218114; 127.717309 (Sonohyan-utaki)
Noguni Sōkan Grave
Noguni Sōkan no haka
Okinawa Island Kadena 26°20′56″N 127°44′43″E / 26.348806°N 127.745311°E / 26.348806; 127.745311 (Noguni Sōkan Grave)
German Emperor's Tributary Monument
Doitsu kōtei hakuai kinen hi
Miyakojima Island Miyakojima 24°48′24″N 125°16′45″E / 24.806628°N 125.279058°E / 24.806628; 125.279058 (German Emperor's Tributary Monument)
Nakasone Toyomiya Grave
Nakasone Toyomiya no haka
Miyakojima Island Miyakojima Nakasone tyumiya tomb.jpg 24°48′32″N 125°16′45″E / 24.808980°N 125.279138°E / 24.808980; 125.279138 (Nakasone Toyomiya Grave)
Uehiyayama Site
Uehiyayama iseki
Miyakojima Island Miyakojima 24°43′43″N 125°21′04″E / 24.728746°N 125.351086°E / 24.728746; 125.351086 (Uehiyayama Site)
Noborudake Spirit Stones
Noborudake no tamaishi
Miyakojima Island Miyakojima 24°45′54″N 125°19′27″E / 24.765109°N 125.324178°E / 24.765109; 125.324178 (Noborudake Spirit Stones)
Nakazato Warehouse Overseer Site
Nakazato magiri kuramoto ato
Kumejima Island Kumejima 26°21′17″N 126°48′29″E / 26.354805°N 126.808019°E / 26.354805; 126.808019 (Nakazato Warehouse Overseer Site)
Ishigaki Island Ishigaki 24°20′07″N 124°09′30″E / 24.335298°N 124.158350°E / 24.335298; 124.158350 (Misakion)
Yagaji Untenbaru Sabaya Shell Mound
Yagaji Untenbaru Sabaya kaizuka
Yagaji Island Nago 26°40′17″N 128°00′10″E / 26.671468°N 128.002825°E / 26.671468; 128.002825 (Yagaji Untenbaru Sabaya Shell Mound)
Noguni Shell Mound Cluster
Noguni kaizuka-gun
Okinawa Island Kadena 26°22′00″N 127°45′13″E / 26.366562°N 127.753530°E / 26.366562; 127.753530 (Noguni Shell Mound Cluster)
Sachihijā Shell Mound
Sachihijā kaizuka
Okinawa Island Naha 26°14′15″N 127°41′00″E / 26.237516°N 127.683363°E / 26.237516; 127.683363 (Sachihijā Shell Mound)
Henna Shell Mound
Henna kaizuka
Okinawa Island Uruma 26°19′05″N 127°53′17″E / 26.318167°N 127.888000°E / 26.318167; 127.888000 (Henna Shell Mound)
Komesu Shell Mound
Komesu kaizuka
Okinawa Island Itoman 26°05′19″N 127°42′04″E / 26.088585°N 127.701023°E / 26.088585; 127.701023 (Komesu Shell Mound)
Kumejima Ōhara Shell Mound
Kumejima Ōhara kaizuka
Kumejima Island Kumejima 26°21′01″N 126°43′38″E / 26.350344°N 126.727252°E / 26.350344; 126.727252 (Kumejima Ōhara Shell Mound)
Shimotabaru Shell Mound
Shimotabaru kaizuka
Hateruma Island Taketomi 24°04′13″N 123°46′39″E / 24.070172°N 123.777509°E / 24.070172; 123.777509 (Shimotabaru Shell Mound)
Nakama No.1 Shell Mound
Nakama daiichi kaizuka
Iriomote Island Taketomi 24°16′31″N 123°52′58″E / 24.275291°N 123.882694°E / 24.275291; 123.882694 (Nakama No.1 Shell Mound)
Nakama No.2 Shell Mound
Nakama daini kaizuka
Iriomote Island Taketomi 24°16′50″N 123°53′23″E / 24.280533°N 123.889818°E / 24.280533; 123.889818 (Nakama No.2 Shell Mound)
Binishi Shell Mound
Binishi kaizuka
Iriomote Island Taketomi 24°19′33″N 123°55′02″E / 24.325708°N 123.917177°E / 24.325708; 123.917177 (Binishi Shell Mound)
Iejima Deer Fossils
Iejima shika no kaseki
Iejima Island Ie 26°44′08″N 127°48′49″E / 26.735531°N 127.813525°E / 26.735531; 127.813525 (Iejima Deer Fossils)
Okinawa Island Naha 26°13′04″N 127°43′54″E / 26.217902°N 127.731552°E / 26.217902; 127.731552 (Bengadake)
Izena Tamaudun
Izena Tamaudun
Izena Island Izena Izena Tamaudun.jpg 26°54′57″N 127°57′06″E / 26.915713°N 127.951552°E / 26.915713; 127.951552 (Izena Tamaudun)
Izena Castle Site
Izena-jō ato
Izena Island Izena 26°54′53″N 127°57′09″E / 26.914685°N 127.952410°E / 26.914685; 127.952410 (Izena Castle Site)
Birthplace of King Shō En
Shō En ō seitanchi yashiki nai (Mihoso-dokoro)
Izena Island Izena 26°56′00″N 127°57′00″E / 26.933252°N 127.949964°E / 26.933252; 127.949964 (Birthplace of King Shō En)
Sashiki Yodore
Sashiki yōdore
Okinawa Island Nanjō family mausoleum of Shō Shishō, father of Shō Hashi; relocated from Sashiki Nishiuehara in 1764[33] 26°09′44″N 127°47′20″E / 26.162237°N 127.788752°E / 26.162237; 127.788752 (Sashiki Yodore)
Large Stones of Nakashima
Nakashima no ōishi
Okinawa Island Naha Nakajima no Ooishi.JPG 26°12′41″N 127°40′37″E / 26.211289°N 127.677044°E / 26.211289; 127.677044 (Large Stones of Nakashima)
Nakijin Village Nakahara Baba
Nakijin-son Nakahara baba
Okinawa Island Nakijin Ryūkyū Keiba 001.jpg 26°41′17″N 127°57′56″E / 26.688038°N 127.965564°E / 26.688038; 127.965564 (Nakijin Village Nakahara Baba)
Taketomi Island Taketomi Nishito-On Taketomijima03s3s4500.jpg 24°19′46″N 124°05′06″E / 24.329462°N 124.085051°E / 24.329462; 124.085051 (Nishitō-utaki)
Kuramoto Site
Kuramoto ato
Taketomi Island Taketomi 24°19′09″N 124°04′38″E / 24.319177°N 124.077315°E / 24.319177; 124.077315 (Kuramoto Site)
Kakinohana Castle Site
Kakinohana-jō ato
Okinawa Island Nanjō 26°08′52″N 127°47′32″E / 26.147859°N 127.792314°E / 26.147859; 127.792314 (Kakinohana Castle Site)
Iso Castle Site
Iso-jō ato
Okinawa Island Urasoe 26°15′26″N 127°43′22″E / 26.257247°N 127.722850°E / 26.257247; 127.722850 (Iso Castle Site)
Iha Castle Site
Iha-jō ato
Okinawa Island Uruma 26°25′18″N 127°49′05″E / 26.421755°N 127.817999°E / 26.421755; 127.817999 (Iha Castle Site)
Ishikinawa Castle Site
Ishikinawa-jō ato
Kumejima Island Kumejima also pronounced Chinaha Castle 26°20′33″N 126°45′46″E / 26.342364°N 126.762915°E / 26.342364; 126.762915 (Ishikinawa Castle Site)
Shurikinjō-chō Ishidatami-michi
Shurikinjō-chō ishidatami-michi
Okinawa Island Naha also a Prefectural Place of Scenic Beauty Kinjocho ishidatami-michi Shuri Naha11bs5s4500.jpg 26°12′58″N 127°42′55″E / 26.216035°N 127.715335°E / 26.216035; 127.715335 (Shurikinjō-chō Ishidatami-michi)
Kaiketsu Haneji River Monument
Kaiketsu Haneji-gawa hiki
Okinawa Island Nago 26°37′08″N 128°01′02″E / 26.618841°N 128.017116°E / 26.618841; 128.017116 (Kaiketsu Haneji River Monument)
Yamashita No.1 Cave
Yamashita-chō daiichi dōketsu
Okinawa Island Naha 26°12′12″N 127°40′04″E / 26.203233°N 127.667913°E / 26.203233; 127.667913 (Yamashita No.1 Cave)
Urasoe Shell Mound
Urasoe kaizuka
Okinawa Island Urasoe 26°15′18″N 127°43′31″E / 26.255054°N 127.725189°E / 26.255054; 127.725189 (Urasoe Shell Mound)
Kogachi Ware Kiln Site
Kogachi-yaki kama ato
Okinawa Island Nago 26°37′37″N 127°59′28″E / 26.626907°N 127.991205°E / 26.626907; 127.991205 (Kogachi Ware Kiln Site)
Hamasaki Shell Mound
Hamasaki kaizuka
Iejima Island Ie 26°42′47″N 127°49′44″E / 26.713011°N 127.828825°E / 26.713011; 127.828825 (Hamasaki Shell Mound)
Utida Stones
Utida ishi
Kumejima Island Kumejima 26°22′50″N 126°46′52″E / 26.380529°N 126.780982°E / 26.380529; 126.780982 (Utida Stones)
Taramajima Ntabaru Tōyumya Myāka
Taramajima no Ntabaru Tōyumya no myāka
Taramajima Island Miyako 24°40′17″N 124°42′04″E / 24.671374°N 124.701111°E / 24.671374; 124.701111 (Taramajima Ntabaru Tōyumya Myāka)
Terayama Site
Terayama no iseki
Taramajima Island Miyako 24°40′13″N 124°42′17″E / 24.670145°N 124.704652°E / 24.670145; 124.704652 (Terayama Site)
Hamamoto Sachipin Shell Mound
Hamamoto Sachipin kaizuka
Okinawa Island Motobu 26°40′16″N 127°53′24″E / 26.671046°N 127.890022°E / 26.671046; 127.890022 (Hamamoto Sachipin Shell Mound)
Yamakawa Minatobaru Site
Yamakawa Minatobaru iseki
Okinawa Island Motobu 26°41′00″N 127°52′58″E / 26.683240°N 127.882769°E / 26.683240; 127.882769 (Yamakawa Minatobaru Site)
Yamakawa Kakiuchi Gongen Cave Site
Yamakawa Kakiuchi Gongen dōketsu iseki
Okinawa Island Motobu 26°41′00″N 127°52′58″E / 26.683240°N 127.882769°E / 26.683240; 127.882769 (Yamakawa Kakiuchi Gongen Cave Site)
Sumaryā Myāka
Sumaryā Myāka
Kurima Island Miyako 24°43′26″N 125°15′19″E / 24.723990°N 125.255299°E / 24.723990; 125.255299 (Sumaryā Myāka)
Minton Gusuku
Minton gusuku
Okinawa Island Nanjō 26°08′43″N 127°47′30″E / 26.145263°N 127.791574°E / 26.145263; 127.791574 (Minton Gusuku)
Iejima Gohezu Cave Site
Iejima no Gohezu dōketsu iseki
Iejima Island Ie 26°43′25″N 127°46′55″E / 26.723744°N 127.781940°E / 26.723744; 127.781940 (Iejima Gohezu Cave Site)
Shimoji-chō Ikeda Bridge
Shimoji-chō no Ikeda-bashi
Miyakojima Island Miyakojima Ikeda-bashi.JPG 24°45′12″N 125°17′08″E / 24.753333°N 125.285556°E / 24.753333; 125.285556 (Shimoji-chō Ikeda Bridge)
Hirae Arasuku Village Site
Hirae Arasuku-mura iseki
Ishigaki Island Ishigaki 24°21′23″N 124°10′37″E / 24.356265°N 124.177051°E / 24.356265; 124.177051 (Hirae Arasuku Village Site)
Kusatobaru Shell Mound
Kusatobaru kaizuka
Iheyajima Island Iheya 27°02′31″N 127°58′31″E / 27.042022°N 127.975402°E / 27.042022; 127.975402 (Kusatobaru Shell Mound)
Tōzato Onda Site
Tōzato Onda iseki
Ishigaki Island Ishigaki 24°25′38″N 124°14′46″E / 24.427184°N 124.245973°E / 24.427184; 124.245973 (Tōzato Onda Site)
Takausu Castle Site
Takausu-jō ato
Miyakojima Island Miyako 24°47′17″N 125°22′28″E / 24.788176°N 125.374475°E / 24.788176; 125.374475 (Takausu Castle Site)
Kokugaku - Shuri Seibyō Stone Wall
Kokugaku・Shuri Seibyō ishigaki
Okinawa Island Naha 26°13′08″N 127°43′06″E / 26.218783°N 127.718285°E / 26.218783; 127.718285 (Kokugaku - Shuri Seibyō Stone Wall)

Municipal Historic Sites[edit]

As of 1 May 2017, a further three hundred Sites have been designated as being of municipal importance.[5][34]

Site Island Municipality Comments Image Coordinates Type Ref.
Nanzan Castle Site
Nanzan-gusuku ato
Okinawa Island Itoman Nanzan Gusuku (Itoman).jpg 26°07′41″N 127°41′22″E / 26.128145°N 127.689417°E / 26.128145; 127.689417 (Nanzan Castle Site) for all refs see [42]

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ "Gusuku Sites and Related Properties of the Kingdom of Ryukyu". UNESCO. Retrieved 24 September 2017. 
  3. ^ 史跡名勝天然記念物 [Number of Monuments of Japan by Prefecture] (in Japanese). Agency for Cultural Affairs. 1 December 2014. Archived from the original on 30 June 2011. Retrieved 24 December 2014. 
  4. ^ "Database of National Cultural Properties: 国宝・重要文化財(建造物) (沖縄県)" (in Japanese). Agency for Cultural Affairs. Retrieved 24 September 2017. 
  5. ^ a b c 国・県・市町村指定文化財 [National, Prefectural, and Municipal Cultural Properties] (PDF) (in Japanese). Okinawa Prefecture. 1 May 2016. Retrieved 24 September 2017. 
  6. ^ フルスト原遺跡 [Furusutobaru Site] (in Japanese). Okinawa Prefecture. Retrieved 30 May 2012. 
  7. ^ フルスト原遺跡の概要 [Overview of the Furusutobaru Site] (in Japanese). Ishigaki City. Archived from the original on 2 May 2007. Retrieved 30 May 2012. 
  8. ^ a b c d 見どころ:国指定の文化財 [Sightseeing Places - Nationally designated Cultural Properties] (in Japanese). Uruma City. Archived from the original on 2 May 2012. Retrieved 30 May 2012. 
  9. ^ 伊波貝塚 [Iha Shell Mound] (in Japanese). Agency for Cultural Affairs. Retrieved 30 May 2012. 
  10. ^ 宇江城城跡 [Uegusuku Castle Site] (in Japanese). Agency for Cultural Affairs. Retrieved 30 May 2012. 
  11. ^ 宇佐浜遺跡 [Uzahama Site] (in Japanese). Agency for Cultural Affairs. Archived from the original on 8 July 2012. Retrieved 31 May 2012. 
  12. ^ 浦添城跡 [Urazoe Castle Site] (in Japanese). Agency for Cultural Affairs. Retrieved 31 May 2012. 
  13. ^ 旧円覚寺放生橋 [Engaku-ji Hōjō Bridge] (in Japanese). Agency for Cultural Affairs. Retrieved 31 May 2012. 
  14. ^ 荻堂貝塚 [Ogidō Shell Mound] (in Japanese). Agency for Cultural Affairs. Retrieved 31 May 2012. 
  15. ^ 具志原貝塚 [Kushibaru Shell Mound] (in Japanese). Ie Village. Retrieved 31 May 2012. 
  16. ^ 具志川城跡保存修理事業 [Restoration of Gushikawa Castle] (in Japanese). Itoman City. Archived from the original on 29 July 2012. Retrieved 31 May 2012. 
  17. ^ 国頭方西海道 [Kunigami Hōsei Kaidō] (in Japanese). Agency for Cultural Affairs. Retrieved 31 May 2012. 
  18. ^ 今帰仁城跡 附シイナ城跡 [Nakijin Castle Site] (in Japanese). Agency for Cultural Affairs. Retrieved 31 May 2012. 
  19. ^ 座喜味城跡 [Zakimi Castle Site] (in Japanese). Agency for Cultural Affairs. Retrieved 8 June 2012. 
  20. ^ 沖縄県斎場御嶽出土品 [Items excavated from Seifā Utaki (Okinawa Prefecture)] (in Japanese). Agency for Cultural Affairs. Retrieved 8 June 2012. 
  21. ^ 糸数城跡 [Itokazu Castle Site] (in Japanese). Agency for Cultural Affairs. Retrieved 8 June 2012. 
  22. ^ 先島諸島火番盛 [Sakishima Beacon Sites] (in Japanese). Agency for Cultural Affairs. Retrieved 8 June 2012. 
  23. ^ 宮古島市野文化財 国関係 [Cultural Properties of Miyakojima City (National)] (in Japanese). Miyakojima City. Archived from the original on 19 January 2012. Retrieved 8 June 2012. 
  24. ^ 知念城跡 [Chinen Castle Site] (in Japanese). Agency for Cultural Affairs. Retrieved 8 June 2012. 
  25. ^ 中城城跡 [Nakagusuku Castle Site] (in Japanese). Okinawa Prefecture. Archived from the original on 6 August 2010. Retrieved 8 June 2012. 
  26. ^ Okinawa Prefectural reserve cultural assets center (2016). "中城御殿跡". Comprehensive Database of Archaeological Site Reports in Japan. Retrieved 2016-09-02. 
  27. ^ 仲泊遺跡 [Nakadomari Site] (in Japanese). Agency for Cultural Affairs. Archived from the original on 19 December 2012. Retrieved 8 June 2012. 
  28. ^ 島添大里城跡 [Shimashīōzato Castle Site] (in Japanese). Agency for Cultural Affairs. Retrieved 8 June 2012. 
  29. ^ 末吉宮跡 [Sueyoshigū Site] (in Japanese). Agency for Cultural Affairs. Retrieved 8 June 2012. 
  30. ^ 銘苅墓跡群 [Mekaru Tomb Cluster] (in Japanese). Agency for Cultural Affairs. Retrieved 8 June 2012. 
  31. ^ 木綿原遺跡 [Momenbaru Site] (in Japanese). Agency for Cultural Affairs. Retrieved 8 June 2012. 
  32. ^ 都道府県別指定等文化財件数(都道府県分) [Number of Prefectural Cultural Properties by Prefecture] (in Japanese). Agency for Cultural Affairs. 1 May 2017. Retrieved 24 September 2017. 
  33. ^ 佐敷ようどれ [Sashiki Yodore] (in Japanese). Nanjō City. Retrieved 14 October 2013. 
  34. ^ 都道府県別指定等文化財件数(市町村分) [Number of Municipal Cultural Properties by Prefecture] (in Japanese). Agency for Cultural Affairs. 1 May 2017. Retrieved 24 September 2017. 

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