Courtesy of Naha CityThe World Heritage Gusuku sites and related properties of the Kingdom of Ryukyu are the pride of Okinawa Prefecture. Gusuku is the Ryukyu, or Okinawan word for castle, and the remains of Shuri Castle and Nakijin Castle are also registered on the World Heritage list.
Courtesy of Shurijo Castle ParkWith the start of the 12th century, the long tradition of hunting and gathering came to an end in Ryukyu, and an agricultural society began to develop.Each local area had what was known as an Aji Chieftain, and as they increased their power, conflicts broke out.
Site : Gusuku Sites and Related Properties of the Kingdom of Ryukyu
Location : Okinawa Prefecture
Date of Inscription : 2000
Criteria : (ii) (iii) (vi)
Property : 55 ha
Buffer zone : 560 ha
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"Gusuku Sites and Related Properties of the Kingdom of Ryukyu"