Shikinaen Royal Garden – Best Place To Visit In Okinawa

Shikinaen Royal Garden was the second residence for the royal families. It was built to entertain envoys of the Chinese Emperors, in 1799. Between 15 – 16th century, Ryukyu Kingdom was flourished as an intermediate trade area to connect between China, Japan, Korea and Southeast Asian countries since Ryukyu Kingdom was located between these countries. Especially, China had the enormous power and the own rules of diplomacy called “Sappu.” In order to trade with China, the Chinese Emperors needed to authorize kings as “the Kings of Ryukyu Kingdom.” This is so-called “Sappu system.” Every time the new king took over the throne, the Chinese emperors sent envoys and handed certificates to authorize the new kings. Banquets were held at Shikinaen Royal Garden to entertain envoys, and these were considered as the important national projects to maintain a good relationship with China.

How To Go There:

Car (Approximately 20 – 40 minutes)
Take Route 332 and 329 from Naha Airport. Go straight toward Route 82 at Uema Crossing, and you will find the destination right after taking Route 222.

Map Code for car navigation system: 33 131 090
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Bus
Take Naha City inbound bus, Shikina Kainan Line (#2), Matsugawa Shintoshin Line (#3), Shikina Makishi Line (#5) or Makishi Kainan Loop Line (#14) and get off at “Shikinaen Garden-mae” bus stop.

Naha Sightseeing City Loop “YuiYui” (Approximately 30 minutes)
Take YuiYui at Naha Bus Terminal and get off at “Shikinaen Royal Garden-mae” bus stop.

Monorail (Approximately 40 minutes)
Take Yui Rail at Naha Airport and get off at “Shuri Station”. Approximately 15 minutes by taxi.

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