Kakinohana Castle
Nanjō, Okinawa
Site information
Controlled by Ryūkyū Kingdom (early 15th century–1879)
 Empire of Japan (1879–1945)
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United States Military Government of the Ryukyu Islands(1945-1950)
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United States Civil Administration of the Ryukyu Islands(1950-1972)
Open to
the public
Site history
MaterialsRyukyuan limestone, wood

Kakinohana Castle (垣花城, Kakinohana jō, Okinawan: Kachinuhana Gushiku) is a Ryukyuan gusuku in Nanjō, Okinawa.


Kakinohana Castle is a kuruwa[1] style fortification on a hill overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The stone walls are built in the nozura[1] (stacked stone) style. No accurate details of the construction of this castle exist, but legend states it that it was built by the second son of Minton Aji, an Okinawan ruler around the 14th century.[2]

The castle is noted for having a spring, the Kakinohana Spring (垣花樋川, Kakinohana hija).[3][4]


  1. ^ a b "Kakinohana Gusuku". Retrieved 2021-08-07.
  2. ^ 南城市公式Webサイト: Kakinohana Castle Ruins | 南城市公式Webサイト, accessdate: March 8, 2017
  3. ^ Okinawa.Org: Okinawa.Org, accessdate: June 9, 2019
  4. ^ GC556H1 Hunting Horror (Traditional Cache) in Okinawa, Japan created by cabiel: GC556H1 Hunting Horror (Traditional Cache) in Okinawa, Japan created by cabiel, accessdate: March 8, 2017

Coordinates: 26°08′53.425″N 127°47′34.077″E / 26.14817361°N 127.79279917°E / 26.14817361; 127.79279917