From mid 15th century for approximately 450 years there was a kingdom centering on shurijo castle inokinawa. The five castles.
In the capital of okinawa naha you will find shuri castle on a hill at 120 meters above sea level.
World heritage site okinawa. Unesco expresses solidarity with japan as fire rips through world heritage site in okinawa thursday 31 october 2019 seven cultural sites inscribed on unescos world heritage list saturday 6 july 2019 decisions adopted by ashgabat silk roads coordinating committee tuesday 29 january 2019. The nine sites which are included in this property all harken back to before it was absorbed into japan. Unesco expresses solidarity with japan as fire rips through world heritage site in okinawa thursday 31 october 2019 world heritage committee inscribes 61 new sites on world heritage list thursday 30 november 2000 japan.
That history is reflected in the structures of this world heritage site. Unesco stands ready to assist the authorities as. The site of former us.
Gusuku sites and related properties of the kingdom of ryukyu was registered asunesco s world heritage sites in 2000 and it was developed independently as an island nationinfluenced by asian countries and japan. Or oozumou okinawa basho is set to make its way back to okinawa for a stop on the 2019 winter tour dec. Small luxury hotels of the world is pleased to introduce six new.
A further eight sites and one site extension have been submitted for future inscription and are currently on the tentative list as of 2017. It wasnt until the late 19th century that okinawa became part of the japanese empire. Nineteen cultural sites and four natural sites.
N26 12 31 e127 40 58. A unesco world heritage site. Unesco expresses solidarity with japan as fire rips through world heritage site in okinawa.
As of july 2019 twenty three properties have been inscribed on the world heritage list. 1999 map showing the location of tamaudun sonohyan utaki ishimon shuri jo and shikinaen 1999 map showing the location of sefa utaki 1999 map showing the location of nakagusuku jo site the nomination files produced by the states parties are published by the world heritage centre at its website. You will be able to trace its history in the landscape of japans southernmost prefecture by visiting the nine unesco world heritage sites since the year 2000.
Okinawa has traditionally been culturally and linguistically separate from japan. Japan accepted the unesco world heritage convention on 30 june 1992. Thursday 31 october 2019 unesco offers its sincere solidarity with the people of japan and in particular the residents of okinawa who have lost a cultural and historical symbol of the ryukyu islands.
Military base clark air base is now used as a filipino base an international airport high end residences golf resort and public park. The shuri castle was restored in the year 1992 as a national park and was given the status of a unesco world heritage site in 2000 after being considered a part of ancient ruins that were a direct reflection and provided a testimony of an ancient past that survived the ravages of time into the modern era.