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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4.04 months ago
This was a really cool stop along our journeys in Okinawa. Gorgeous gardens with plenty of native vegetation, architecture and wildlife (Coy) to see and enjoy! So much history and culture! Not a super huge place (not Shurijo Castle size) but plenty of walking on sidewalks and some natural (grass, dirt, tree rooted) terrain, so be prepared! I'll post a few pics of various sights... but please go see for yourself!
1.0a month ago
Place is beautiful, but if you're afraid of snakes. I suggest you not to. There are signs everywhere.
5.0a month ago
Surprisingly tranquil and interesting garden. It’s a hidden treasure.
5.05 months ago
Beautiful Japanese garden, peaceful and relaxing. Place were you'll find your Zen 😅 in all honesty, it is a beautiful place, you can walk barefoot on a pleasant wooden floor in the main house
4.05 months ago
It wasn’t as exciting as I thought it would be. It’s nice and relaxing, but I wish it would have been appropriate for me to take a blanket, spread it out, and just relax/sunbathe by the pond. There is a big sign when you enter saying no food or drinks, so our plan to relax and eat fruit by the pond was thwarted! It costs 400 yen for adults. It was my last stop on my tour of Okinawa world heritage sites. It wasn’t the best (best is Katsuren Castle ruins—nice climb and views or Najikin Castle ruins—pretty atmosphere and trees) or the worst (seifa utaki, sp?, was the worst if you’re wondering-great view, but kind of just a pile of rocks in my opinion).
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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