A UNESCO World Heritage Site under the title Gusuku Sites and Related Properties of the Kingdom of Ryukyu situated right in the heart of Naha City was the summer house of the Ryukyu kings. It was constructed in the late 18th century and was completely destroyed during the Battle of Okinawa in 1945, the restoration of which took twenty years which began in 1975. Shikinaen, also called Shichina-nū-Udūn or Southern Gardens, is a perfect blend of Japanese and Chinese design which speaks truly of something Ryukyuan. It rained on the day of our visit but one cannot deny its unmistakable beauty as we trekked the 300 meter circular path through some forested areas. The ponds with stone bridges and hexagonal pavilions adds more serenity to the palace, with artificial hills for better viewing.
Check Google Street View below for an additional information and perspective on Shikinaen Royal Garden: