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NAKIJIN CASTLE RemainsbFACILITIES

NAKIJIN CASTLE RemainsbFACILITIES

‡@Heirojo Gate

The main gate to the gusuku,restored in 1962. Gatemen stood guard in the battlements on both sides of the gate

‡AUshimi Riding Field

It is believed that this field was used to raise and train war horses. This is a robust ward protected with the highest ramparts.

‡BKazafu Ground

In Okinawan dialect,"ka"means river or spring and "zafu" means valley. This valley shaped area shows a unique landscape with natural rock exposed on the surface.

‡CUmiya Court

It is said that Seiden (Main Hall), Hokuden (North Hall) and Nanden(South Hall) were once positioned around the court. This was an important place used on ceremonial occasions.

‡DUchibaru Ground (Photo : the worship site in the gusuku)

One of the holiest sites in the gusuku, this was reportedly the living quarters for the court ladies. The ocean can be seen from the north end of the grounds.

‡EMain Ward (or commonly called Honmaru)

Excavation surveys have identified the different transition periods of the gusuku from construction to its abandonment. This ward once held the main gusuku structures.

‡FNakijin Hamlet Remains

The village was once located just before the gusuku. Some aspects of village lives have been revealed through archeological excavations.

‡GShijimajokaku Ward

It is believed that the king's most important subjects lived in this area. Excavation surveys show there were once four structures.

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NAKIJIN CASTLE Remains JAPANESE Site Heirojo Gate Ushimi Riding Field Kazafu Ground Umiya Court Uchibaru Ground Main Ward Nakijin Hamlet Remains Shijimajokaku Ward