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Shikina-en Garden

421-7 Maaji, Naha, Okinawa Prefecture 902-0072, Japan
+81 98-855-5936
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Ranked #4 of 47 attractions in Naha
Type: Gardens
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76 reviews 76 reviews
17 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

Shikina-en is an idyllic setting which offers a look into the summer royal residence of the king. For martial arts historians, it is the location Bushi Matsumura would have resided as he trained the king and acted as his body guard. The grounds offer a peaceful break from the hectic city hustle bustle. Well worth the visit.

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Tokyo, Japan
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

This is not a flashy tourist attraction as Shuri Castle, or Kokusai-Dori Street in Naha City, but this is definitely the place to see and learn about Okinawa's unique and rich history and culture. As Japanese citizen, knowing Okinawa as the southern most territory of Japan, I've never had a chance to be exposed to such a rich history and... More

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Tokyo, Japan
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

Beautiful garden and grounds. Happened upon a traditional Okinawan wedding while there, which tourists were allowed to watch since it is a public location. Definitely made the visit even better!

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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014

One of the many UNESCO heritage sites in Naha, the Shikina-en Garden is definitely worth the hike. I walked here after visiting Tamaudun, which was about 2km (20min walk) away. The garden has a good mix of well-preserved Ryukyu structures and greenery/forestry. Spent a very pleasant hour exploring and photographing the grounds. Entrance is cheap too, at 400 yen.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2014

These gardens are beautiful, and admission is very cheap, but its a bit of a hike getting to these gardens. Best to take the sightseeing bus loop because its a long walk or expensive taxi from anywhere else!

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Okinawa, Japan
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136 reviews 136 reviews
88 attraction reviews
171 helpful votes 171 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2014

This is one UNESCO World Heritage Site where you could easily spend half the day, if the light is right and you enjoy photography. It's never over-crowded, like many sites tend to be and you have plenty of space to walk around, as well as , subjects to capture with your lens. The staff are friendly and helpful. The cost,... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2013

Some of my best garden shoots came from this area. Well preserved Japanese style garden perfect for a date or backdrop for an outdoor shoot. You do have to pay to get in, so if you travel with the family expect a small dent in your pocket

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Naha, Japan
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4 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2013

This garden and Shuri Castle, both of which are parts of World Heritages in Okinawa, used to connect by a passage as Shikina Garden was used for hosting the guests from China among others. Compared with the castle, this is no flashy and enormous in part because the garden and buildings are old heritages indeed. You mus visit, enjoy and... More

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Tokyo, Japan
12 reviews 12 reviews
7 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2012 via mobile

The garden landscape is amazing, the houses are so beautiful and the air is so fresh that it a nice place to relax for awhile before I went back to the noisy city I live in.

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Okinawa, Japan
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11 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2012

I LOVE THOSE HOUSES!! IF I only had some money, I will build just like those houses at Shikina-en. LOL Garden and all!

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