Japanese Castle Explorer

by Daniel O'Grady

Japanese Castles 1540-1640 Imjin War book cover

Zakimi Castle

Zakimi Castle is classified as a mountain castle, and is located in Okinawa Prefecture It is associated with the Gosamaru clan. Dates in use: 1422 - 16C.

This castle was built to guard northern Okinawa and features zigzagged stone walls which allowed the defenders a clearer view of attacking soldiers. The archways joining the defensive enclosures feature a keystone whose style is unique to Okinawa.

As the castle was used as a gun placement during WWII, allied forced heavily bombed the site. The U.S. later placed a radar station here. There is a museum nearby.


1416 The castle was built. It was completed six years later.
1500's The castle was abandoned. (unable to determine the exact date)
2000 Designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site along with Okinawa's other significant Gusuku sites.

Historical recognition

SiteNational Historic Site
SiteUNESCO World Heritage Site