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This historical World Heritage site has been at the top of a hill surveying the west coast of Okinawa since the 15th Century. The castle was built by a venerated chieftain of the area, Gosamaru, who tore down his old castle and reused the stones to build Zakimi-jo. Next to the site is an informational museum on the castle's history and about other historical Okinawan artifacts.
Tatami Ishi lies east of Kume Island and is named after its resemblance to the Japanese woven straw mats, although many others prefer comparing them to the pattern of a turtle’s shell. These rock formations are a natural wonder of Nishi-Ou Island, from the volcanic eruption that made the lava flow and cool into this distinct motif to the leveling out of the surface by the ocean’s waves. The ash colored stones contrasted with the bright blue of the surrounding water makes for a picturesque panorama au naturel.