今帰仁城Nakijin Castle is classified as a mountain castle, and is located in Okinawa Prefecture It is associated with the Haniji clan. Dates in use: 13C - 1665.
This castle has sustained much damage in its long history. In 1416 it fell to the forces of the Central Kingdom. In the early 1600's, a fire raged through the castle. And finally, during WWII, the castle was bombed by the U.S.
Little else remains today apart from the 1500 or so metres of beautifully undulating but roughly cut stone walls.
|13C||The castle was built.|
|1416||This castle, which was controlled by the Northern Kingdom, fell to the forces of Okinawa's Central Kingdom.|
|1422||The Central Kingdom transferred one of their generals here.|
|1609||The Shimazu clan of southern Kyūshū invade and seize control.|
|1665||The castle was abandoned.|
|2000||Designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site along with Okinawa's other significant Gusuku sites.|
|Site||National Historic Site|
|Site||UNESCO World Heritage Site|