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Zakimi Castle [1/2] Two Guo, a lovely gousk with two arch gates.

Zakimi Castle [1/2] Two Guo, a lovely gousk with two arch gates.

Zakimi Castle is said to have been built in the early 15th century due to the attack on the Nakijin Castle of Kitayama, King Nakayama. After that, he will become the Lord of Kitanakagusuku Castle , but he will be self-edged by the conspiracy of the Lord Katsuren . After that, it became a flak base by the former Japan army in 1944, and after the war, the destruction of the ruins continued to become a radar base by the US Army. After returning to Okinawa Japan, excavation and restoration were conducted. In 2000, the World Heritage “GSK and related heritage group of the Ryukyu Kingdom” was registered with other GSK groups. The stone walls that depict the arched gates and the beautiful curves are common with other GSK, but the feature is that the wedge stones are buried at the top of the gate. Japan 100 Castle.

Basic Data >
Name: Zakimi Castle (Wikipedia)
● Location: Yomitan-mura, Nakagami-gun, Okinawa ( map )
● Main building: Mamoru-Maru
● Castle: Early 15th century (1416-1422)
-Remains: Ishigaki, gate, Cornerstone, etc.
● Information: Japan 100 Meijo No.199 ( list )

Links: Zakimi Castle No. 1 , 2 .

Visit >

I headed to Zakimi Castle by bus. I get off at a bus stop called Shiho, and found a signboard of 1.8 km to Zakimi Castle Ruins Park, and Dent suddenly. And GoogleMap to walk in one hand 15 minutes, the opposite side of the main gate (and no rearm gate) has arrived. It becomes the reverse route, but let’s admission from the other side as it is.

To Zakimi Castle Ruins Park. It is written as the castle Ruins Park, but it seems to be a big park including not only the castle ruins but also surroundings. Let’s take a look at the guide map.

Zakimi Castle Ruins Park guide. The ruins of a Gusuku castle are drawn in a curved roll. The folk museum etc. are drawn on the right though it is left toward the present, and the other side is the original entrance (front). According to the map, it seems to be able to go to the castle ruins by the Green road from this side, and the museum will stop at the end, and go to the castle ruins first of all. If you look closely, the map is not “castle ruins” but “wall” is written. Indeed, there is only a wall of stone walls.

Take the map to the wall. It is not possible to be lost even if the stone wall is not seen because such a guide board is installed here and there quite here and there.

The explanation board which is involved in the world heritage is discovered.

Zakimi Castle Ruins part of the description. Kitanakagusuku Lord is also known as “the Castle architect.” Kato Kiyomasa of the old Ryukyu and Takora Todo.

Before long, the stone wall came into view in the right back! However, this is not put in the inside if it does not turn to the other side of the stone wall. To the stone wall for the time being.

I came to the side of the stone wall. The stone wall was unexpectedly low. According to the pamphlet, the height varies greatly depending on the location, and it is written that it is 3m at a low place and 13m high. It’s going to be low here. There was a way to go to the front near the stone wall. Go around the stone wall and head to the front.

It passes in the vicinity of the stone wall. The stone wall of this area is piled up with a comparatively new technology called “partner piling”.

To the tip of the stone wall. The view is good because it is built at the top of the hill. It would be better to see from the top of the stone wall.

I thought it was the tip of the stone wall, and it continued winding stone wall when turning the corner. The stone wall of GSK is forming a polygon by combining several curved stone walls which draw an arc like this (shape like a surprise balloon of the cartoon).

When it looks back, it seems to hit the main Guo in the back where it has passed before (one Guo). The stone wall of two Guo is connected to the left.

View of the outer wall of one enclosure.

The ground is going downhill. The two Guo seems to be built in a slightly lower position than the one enclosure. Accordingly, the stone wall has become high.

I turn around and arrive at the front. You can see the arch gate. This is the only entrance to the castle.

The Arch gate leads to the second enclosure. It is said that the feature is “wedge stone” which is driven to the apex of the arch. Let’s expand the roof of the gate and see.

The top of the two Guo arch gates. The stone which shaped like the slender Kusabi certainly is embedded. Although the stone wall of the Zakimi castle ruins is almost restored, the vicinity of the castle gate of the enclosure of two here seems to have remained barely, and this Kabi stone is the ruins at that time, too.

To the inside of two Guo. You can see the road to one enclosure and the arch gate in front of the entrance. The ground is diagonally inside, and the height is considerably different in the right and the left toward the stone wall of one enclosure.

The two Guo arch gates are seen from the inside. Of course, the inside is also embedded with the Kusabi stone.

The second enclosure has a complex shape. It seems to wrap around the circumference of one enclosure. It was a role to confuse and disperse the enemy by making the inside a maze-like structure. The feeling of the maze is increasing thanks to the stone wall which draws the curve.

One Guo Arch gate. The gate itself is built in a high position, and there are more than ten steps in front of it. According to the pamphlet, the flak of the former Japan army was reclaimed and the gates were buried. It has been discovered and repaired by excavations. Photo of the broken stone steps found in the pamphlet.

One Guo Arch gate. From the inside (one Guo side).

One enclosure had become a square Kusabi stone when the Kusabi stone was seen, and two Guo was an elongated, isosceles triangle. The castle gate is “restored”. Square Kusabi Stone was also square at that time, whether it became this at the time of restoration, etc. is unknown.

To the one Guo. It was surrounded by a high stone wall, and it seemed that a building with a huge cornerstone was built inside. Currently, only the cornerstone is lined with Zulari.

One Guo Cornerstone building traces.

The traces of masonry in one enclosure may have been the city wall. There are stairs that can be lifted up the wall of the stone wall in the back, so let’s go up. The view is not seen if it does not climb up.

To the top of the Guo City wall. It is not possible to go around, only a limited place seems to be entering OK. Walk from end to end to enjoy the appearance of various Zakimi castle.

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Date of Visit: December, 2015
Photographic equipment: FUJIFILM X-M1 + XF14mm/FISHEYE 8mm
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