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
1.0a year ago
The park is closed, they could at least update it on the Internet so we won't have to travel there for nothing.
5.04 months ago
Very peaceful and beautiful park.
The Naha bus will drop you off in front of the entrance.
The nearby castle is NOT walking distance for most people because of the hilly terrain.
5.06 months ago
Beautiful, absolutely gorgeous, I loved the banyan, the lake, the rustic stone Bridge, all the information the had up about the history, and it was much larger than I had expected. The picturesque blend of nature and culture, the whole felt balanced and at tune with the world. Was definitely a worthwhile visit.
5.09 months ago
Unexpected beautiful and quiet garden and traditional buildings. Not too large as to be boring, and not to small to be insignificant. Apparently the Ryuku monarchs would have coronations here and delegations from China would visit. A natural spring feeds the pond, and they have an interesting drainage system on the other side of the pond. Very culturally relevant when a lot of the surrounding area just looks like anywhere else in Japan.
5.08 months ago
Awesome little place tucked into the city! Great to explore with kids. Pets are not allowed and its costs ¥400 per person. There is a big parking lot on site. Overall great! Oh and there was this cool cat that followed us most of the way...almost like it was our guide.
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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