It was built in the 18th Century as the second residence of the Ryukyu Kings. Shikinaen is 42,000 square meters. It was completely destroyed in the Battle of Okinawa of 1945 but has been restored in the post-war years.
In 2000, the garden was added to the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites under the title Gusuku Sites and Related Properties of the Kingdom of Ryukyu.
The Shikinaen garden is meant to be walked around rather than to viewed in a particular point. The garden can be viewed from a 300 meter circular path which leads through a forested area before reaching a pond.
Once you walked into the garden, visitors will see two stone bridges that connects the small islet in the middles of the water that allows visitor to cross from one side to another.
Then, a small hexagon pavillion stands on the second islet and artificial hills surround the pond.
The palace building stands near the pond's shore. The wooden structure used to serve the entertainment of the royal family and important guests. Now, the visitors can see the building's large tatami floored rooms that look out onto the garden.
From central Naha, take bus numbers 2, 5 or 14 for about 20 minutes for 230 Yen. Among the three lines, bus number 5 can be boarded along Kokusaidori and bus number 14 at Naha Bus Center and Asahibashi Station.
Opening hours is 9:00 to 18:00 and until 17:30 from October to March. Admission ends 30 minutes before closing.
It is closed on Wednesdays (If Wednesday falls in holiday, it is closed on Thursday)
Admission fee cost 400 Yen.
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