World Heritage: Shikinaen Garden4.1
Shikinaen Garden dating from the late 18th century is a former royal villa and guesthouse. The complex with a stroll garden, used to host welcoming receptions for Chinese envoys, has a syncretised design of Chinese, Japanese and Okinawa styles. You can stroll through walkways around the pond with an islet, surrounded by artificial hills and orchards.
The limestone arch bridge to the islet and a mall hexagonal pavilion by the pond are of Chinese style. The garden is supplied with fresh water from a spring, ringed by limestone walls, where a type of red algae (national natural monument) grow. Sit in the main pavilion and enjoy bukubku-cha, jasmine tea topped with toasty rice foam and crushed peanuts.
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5.02 months ago
Amazing place! Go first thing in the morning when they open and you can practically have the place to yourself. The price of entry is more than worth it when you see the meticulous maintenance. You are in the heart of a busy city but once you enter you'd swear you were in a peaceful wooded area. A great place to relax and take a walk. My visit would have been perfect if it weren't for a near constant roar of American military aircraft flying over...thanks America...
5.04 months ago
Its a great park. You can go into the main historical buildings. (Not sure if you can go into some of the others normally as there was storm damage when I went there). No outside food allowed which is a bit of a shame, it would be amazing for picnics. But at least you don't have to see other people's trash either.
5.03 months ago
An ancient Japanese royal landscaped garden in Okinawa. The area is relaxing that one can spend at least one hour of visiting and experiencing the ancient royal living space.
5.03 months ago
Beautiful walk. Wouldn't be good for strollers or small children but a great date spot.
4.0a month ago
Small garden. But worth to go if you like to take a walk.
Spot Reviews (1)
Strolling around the Shikinaen takes you back to the era of Ryukyu Kingdom, but be careful of poisonous snake habu. I'm joking. Habu is a nocturnal animal and coward.
Strolling around the Shikinaen takes you back to the era of Ryukyu Kingdom, but be careful of poisonous snake habu. I'm joking. Habu is a nocturnal animal and coward.Read moreClose