Home to impressive UNESCO-listed castle ruins, Nakijin features picturesque beaches, historic landmarks and family-friendly attractions. Immerse yourself in unique cultural experiences at this Okinawa Island destination or enjoy the city’s scenic coastal views from a waterside restaurant or plush sunbed.
Things to do in Nakijin
Picture yourself thousands of years ago as a resident of the fortress as you wander the site of the 13th-century Niakijin ruins. The site is a great place to admire cherry blossoms, the East China Sea and its 1.5-kilometre-long castle walls. The on-site museum features artefacts excavated from the remnants that were part of the Ryukyu Kingdom.
Looking for a unique experience? Visit Aiai Farm to participate in tofu or sausage-making classes. It’s housed in an old elementary school that was converted into a functioning farm where you’ll find adorable goats to feed and family-friendly hands-on experiences.
Take your meal to new heights with dinner at Kouri Ocean Tower. Dine on Okinawan specialties while marvelling at the clear cobalt blue sea from 82 meters high. Afterwards, visit the tower’s Shell Museum to see more than 10,000 colourful seashells from around the globe.
Soak up the turquoise water views at one of the beaches on Kouri Jima Island or snap a photo of the famous Heart Rock, an unusual phenomenon where cliffs resemble a heart. If you’re travelling with the kids, stop at the Tropical Dream Center in Motobu to see greenhouses filled with tropical plants and orchids.
Getting around Nakijin
Located on Okinawa Island, Nakijin is best navigated by car, bus or taxi. You can fly into Naha International Airport, which is a 1.5-hour drive from the city centre.