Info on the Katsuren Castle Ruins

Located on top of a hill with a spectacular view, Katsuren Castle is believed to be one of the oldest in Okinawa; however, nobody is sure who built the castle or when. The castle reached its heyday through trade with Yamato (Japan), China, Korea and other countries in the 14th and early 15th centuries, when Lord Amawari was ruler. Amawari was known as a clever leader who gained popular support when he seized power by pushing the current ruler off the castle wall. He proceeded to make Katsuren rich through agriculture and trade. Amawari and Katsuren were ruined in 1458 in a war against King Shotaikyu of the Ryukyu Kingdom.

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