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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5.0a week ago
Amazing place! You have to come here if you are in Okinawa. Just make sure you keep going when it gets tough!
4.03 weeks ago
I saw it a month after a typhoon and was in a state of disrepair unfortunately. The staff were very helpful. I liked what I saw.
4.06 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!
1.03 months ago
Place is beautiful, but if you're afraid of snakes. I suggest you not to. There are signs everywhere.
5.02 months ago
Surprisingly tranquil and interesting garden. It’s a hidden treasure.
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