9 UNESCO Properties in Okinawa

UNESCO

We recently checked off all nine of the properties listed under the “Gusuku Sites and Related Properties of the Kingdom of Ryukyu” of the UNESCO World Heritage list; the only entry for Okinawa.

Whenever we visit a new place one thing we always do is check out the UNESCO World Heritage List; I think learning a little about a history of a country is not only interesting but important and visiting world heritage sites is one way to learn a little more.

Since we live in Okinawa we really had no excuse to not see all 9 of the properties and of course they made some really fun family adventures.

How many have you visited? Do you think you will make it to them all?

Girls at Katsuren-jo in a gorgeous summer day

Girls at Katsuren-jo in a gorgeous summer day

Katsuren-jo

Nakagusuku-jo

Nakagusuku-jo

Nakagusuku-jo

Clio loved exploring at Nakijin-jo

Clio loved exploring at Nakijin-jo

Nakijin-jo 

rare family photo at Sefa Utaki

rare family photo at Sefa Utaki

Sefa Utaki 

beautiful Shikinaen Royal Gardens

beautiful Shikinaen Royal Gardens

Shikinaen Royal Gardens 

Shuri-jo

Shuri-jo

Shuri-jo 

Matt at Sonohyan Utaki

Matt at Sonohyan Utaki

Sonohyan-Utaki-Ishimon 

Tamaudun Royal Mausoleum

Tamaudun Royal Mausoleum

Tamaudun Royal Mausoleum 

exploring Zakimi with GG

exploring Zakimi with GG

Zakimi-jo

 

 

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14 responses to “9 UNESCO Properties in Okinawa

  1. I absolutely love this post. You are right, there is no excuse why we shouldn’t visit these sites if we live here! It’s the perfect weather to do so, too! Humidity is gone 😀

    • the weather is definitely great for exploring, although I am finding it a bit chilly at nights now…I even wore a snowboarding jacket one evening at Eden’s cheer practice lol

    • I hope you do Dina! Okinawa has so much to do…which I know I have said over and over again, I think I am still surprised by it myself!

  2. Beautiful places! Particularly like the Nakagusuku-jo. Now I know what I must see when I’m in Okinawa.

    • Oh you will have them all crossed off in no time at all! The Zakimi Castle lights up at Christmas time in the evening. I haven’t been to see it yet but I think we will this year!

    • lol I never studied history (not even in high school) but when I travel to a new country I definitely want to learn a little more about the country/culture and of course food!! I also enjoy taking photos and find historic/interesting buildings fun to photograph.

    • You will just have to come back Kassie to knock out the rest lol! Thanks, sometimes I feel a little selfish because Matt & I aren’t all that enthusiastic about just doing kids stuff (parks, zoo’s etc) but I have decided like anything balance is good and our girls definitely like the typical non-kid friendly places, so its a win-win

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