A visit to Shikina-en

Shikina-en in Okinawa’s Naha is famous as a garden which was registered as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2000. It was created in the late 18th century as a large second residence for the Ryukyu royal family. It was then carefully reconstructed over a 20 year period following its complete destruction in the Battle of Okinawa. The garden’s design shows many differences from the gardens of Japan and many similarities with China. Not least is the small hexagonal Chinese style pavilion known as Rokkaku-do, while the arch leading to the pavilion was carved from a single piece of Ryukyu limestone. The plants and foliage of Shikina-en also remind us that this is very much a Ryukyu garden situated in the subtropics. Despite having lived in Okinawa for five years – and having made many trips to the islands before that – this was our first visit to the garden today.

Some photos taken this afternoon:







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One Comment on “A visit to Shikina-en”

  1. Izumi Nishi Says:

    We used to walk to Shikina-en when we lived near there. My children loved the place.

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