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Address: 421-7 Maaji, Naha 902-0072, Okinawa Prefecture
Phone Number: +81 98-855-5936

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Beautiful garden, a peaceful site to enjoy

Visited the Shikina-en as part of our bus tour, it was the summer house of the Kings of Ryukyu before Okinawa was annexed to Japan. It is a gorgeous seating full of peace and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed October 14, 2014
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Mesa, AZ
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW via mobile

This is a beautiful garden for spending some time at. The grounds are well maintained and the local plant life is bountiful. While at the gardens you don't even realize there is a city outside the walls.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

it is small and peaceful place, good to meditate. Less than 30 min or more is good enough to look around. lots of school boys and girls came for trip, too.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014 via mobile

Visited the Shikina-en as part of our bus tour, it was the summer house of the Kings of Ryukyu before Okinawa was annexed to Japan. It is a gorgeous seating full of peace and great for photo ops.. Definitely recommend you visit this...

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Guelph
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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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9 helpful votes 9 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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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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Bergen, Norway
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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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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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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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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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