Tag Archives: World Heritage Site

Udun Palace – Okinawa

Last Wednesday I took you on a virtual tour around the Shikina Royal Gardens in Naha.  You might have noticed a glaring omission, there were almost no buildings among the pictures.  Though the gardens are beautiful and expansive, the main attraction of Shikina is the pond-side Udun Palace.  The palace is an expansive building built as a second home for the Ryukyu Royal Family. The building was also used to house visiting dignitaries from China who came for the crowning

Shikina Royal Garden

The Shikina Garden dates to the end of the 18th century and the Ryukyu Kingdom.  A UNESCO registered World Heritage site located in Naha City, Okinawa, the gardens are a located on large grounds with a multitude of historic buildings, views, memorials, and sights.  I was lucky  enough to be introduced to this less known historic landmark during my Golden Week trip to Naha. The grounds are the site of the largest second residence of the Ryukyu royal family.  There

Katsuren Castle

When you hear about Okinawa, you probably envision white sandy beaches, tropical forests, and a bunch of American military.  Well you’re right on those, but Okinawa also has a lot of history, and along with that history are a lot of castles.  A friend of mine on the mainland knows about my interest in those so every once in a while when I fly in, he loads up his family and we all go sightseeing. Last time I was in