World Heritage Site : Shikinaen Royal Garden

Fun Flying Four Shikinaen Royal Garden (1 of 1)

There are nine separate properties that all come under the 1 World Heritage Site listing for Okinawa known as the ‘Gusuku Sites and Related Properties of the Kingdom of Ryukyu’ out of these 9 properties we have now made it to 8, the latest being Shikinaen Royal Garden.

Banya (guard house)

Banya (guard house)

The Gardens located in Naha, not too far from Shuri Castle (about a 10 minute drive) were the largest second residence for the Ryukyu Royal family.

another one of the guard house

another one of the guard house

The gardens & buildings, which were originally constructed near the end of the 18th century, have a land area of almost 42,000 meters squared.

Fun Flying Four Shikinaen Garden 7

Unfortunately the gardens, which were designated as a national place of scenic beauty in 1914 were completely destroyed during World War 2.

Itkutoku-Sen (natural spring)

Itkutoku-Sen (natural spring), inside Udun Palace

Thankfully in 1975 the gardens began restoration and after 20 years and 800,000,000 Yen (approx. 8 million dollars) the restoration was complete.

Pond with Ishi-Bashi (stone bridge)

Pond

I am really pleased they restored these garden because it really is a beautiful place to stroll around and the buildings are super neat.

Eden as the navigator

Eden as the navigator, a glimpse of Rokkaku-do

A favorite was the Rokkaku-do a hexagonal building which was used as a place to rest, built on a small island on the pond.  Unfortunately this cute little building is kept locked so visitors are unable to climb inside and relax!

Kago House & Udun Palace

Kago House & Udun Palace

Eden navigated us around the entire gardens using the map provided and it took us about an hour to walk through the entire place.

the back of the guard house

the back of the guard house

I am guessing it wouldn’t normally take that long but with it being the middle of summer  it was pretty hot and humid, plus we stopped to chat with a friendly chap visiting from Mainland.  There was a little shade provided by the trees but for the most part you are walking in direct sunlight.

Fun Flying Four Shikinaen Royal Garden (4 of 4)

Now we need to make it to the last of the World Heritage Sites here in Okinawa.  Do you ever check the UNESCO World Heritage listing when you visit somewhere new?

Matt lasted all of 30 seconds like this! Eden was too close to the spiders up there so she was eager to get down!

Matt lasted all of 30 seconds like this! Eden was too close to the spiders up there so she was eager to get down!

Hours : 9.00 – 17.30 (closed every Wednesday)
Cost : Adult 400 Yen / Child 200 Yen (pre-school age free)
Address : 902-0072 421-7, Aza Maji, Naha City
Telephone : (098) 855-5936

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6 responses to “World Heritage Site : Shikinaen Royal Garden

  1. As always, stunning pictures! I think I’ve actually been there I just assumed it all part of the castle grounds( if I’m not mistaken) I had no idea the history behind it!

  2. Pingback: 9 UNESCO Properties in Okinawa | FUN FLYING FOUR·

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