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Katsuren Castle Ruins

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Castle ruins with a great view, plenty of stairs to climb

This is a relatively well preserved castle site in a beautiful area. Although the castle buildings... read more

Reviewed 12 September 2018
Hong Kong, China
World’s Heritage Castle With Nice View And Wind

Before this trip, I was expecting something grand and big. But, it was quite of the opposite... read more

Reviewed 3 September 2018
Singapore, Singapore
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3908 Katsuren Haebaru, Uruma 904-2311, Okinawa Prefecture
+81 98-978-7373
Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 31 December 2009

Katsuren-jo Located on a peninsula jutting out on the Pacific side of Okinawa, this castle was built sometime between the 12th and 13th Centuries. This is the view of Katsuren-jo (Castle) from across the highway. If you wish to use restrooms or get something to...More

6  Thank RyukyuMike
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Reviewed 26 February 2016

This was a nice site because it had spots throughout where you could scan a code and they would tell you the history in whatever language you select. This site is very clean and well maintained. It won't take you long to tour it but...More

1  Thank usmcmvp
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Reviewed 12 September 2018

This is a relatively well preserved castle site in a beautiful area. Although the castle buildings are gone a number of features and walls are still in place and there is good multilingual signage. It took us about an hour to get up and down,...More

Thank JonG88
Reviewed 3 September 2018 via mobile

Before this trip, I was expecting something grand and big. But, it was quite of the opposite. Despite that, this castle ruins still offers a strong sense of historical feel and a stunning view when going to the top. I was also lucky to have...More

Thank TyronH03
Reviewed 10 August 2018 via mobile

We had little ones in a stroller which made it a little difficult to get to the very top, you do have to take stairs and some are the ruins stairs that can be a little scary going down. So make sure to take your...More

Thank insanenurse
Reviewed 26 June 2018

A good half hour diversion on route to something else but probably not a destination in itself. There is a little visitor centre with parking at the foot of the hill, inside is some information, artifacts and a model of what the castle used to...More

Thank EMD100
Reviewed 28 May 2018

Bring your camera, stunning view from the top. Wear casual shoes to go. Park your car at the opposite of the Katsuren Castle. This is good for family, couples, or alone.

Thank Venus L
Reviewed 7 May 2018

We spent a Saturday afternoon walking the ruins and learning about local history. It is important to our family to get as much out of our experience here in Okinawa. This ruin has a detailed map by the gift shop of what the castle looked...More

Thank VioletDragon76
Reviewed 20 April 2018 via mobile

Great story behind these ruins, very interesting and wonderful views from the top. Some items nicely preserved and a free exhibit.

Thank colin1957
Reviewed 26 February 2018

I didn't expect much, since it has the word "ruins." However, I am so glad I went. I read it is still being excavated and was just discovered this century when they went to start a housing development there. Turns out it is the oldest...More

1  Thank DonCapeMayBeach
Reviewed 6 February 2018 via mobile

This gusk (castle) trace is one of the world heritage site but you can enter without any charge. Because most of gusks are located on the hills, scenery is nice. But I think this place has most beautiful scenery of all. 30 minutes is enough...More

Thank RabbitMan41
Reviewed 2 January 2018

This castle ruin is a little difficult to locate using the car rental GPS. Worth visiting. if you manage to log in to the wifi, the website also provides information on the castle ruin.

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24 July 2015|
Response from RachelPYC | Reviewed this property |
Yes, this historical site is free of admission :-)