Japanese Castle Explorer

by Daniel O'Grady

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Katsuren Castle

Katsuren Castle is classified as a mountain castle, and is located in Okinawa Prefecture It is associated with the Eiso clan. Dates in use: 13C - 1458.

Research at the site of Katsuren Castle indicate the fortifications had been expanded upon over a long period of time. Many examples of roof tiles & Chinese porcelain have also been excavated suggesting the castle played a role in foreign trade.

The castle is located on a hill facing the vastness of the Pacific ocean. The main enclosure measures 140 metres from East to West & 85 metres from North to South.


13C The castle was built for the lord of the area, Katsuren Anji.
1458 The lord of this castle made an attempt to attack the King's castle of Shuri but was crushed.
2000 Designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site along with Okinawa's other significant Gusuku sites.

Historical recognition

SiteNational Historic Site
SiteUNESCO World Heritage Site