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.
Airport/Sta.Naha Airport (about 6.4km) Google Transit
4.03 months ago
Gardens were lovely, pleasantly surprised. They were full of history, nature and pretty views.
Well worth the money, recommended as it's still a place you can get to without a car.
5.0a month ago
Lovely, well kept historical gardens and building.
Be careful of the huge spiders!
5.0in the last week
Very relaxing royal park, with a beautiful pond and nice nature.
5.09 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...
5.06 months ago
Absolutely gorgeous. Meticulously and carefully decorated and maintained. Would highly recommend visiting at the height of summer.
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