Here is a list of karate related historical sites, monuments and other related information per municipality and area. Detailed information will be added along the way.


Naha City

Naha City Shuri

Okinawa main island southern area

(Municipalities: Itoman City, Nanjō City, Tomigusuku City, Yonabaru Town, Haebaru Town, Yaese Town)

  • Itoman City:Hakugindō stele, Bō of Maezato, Bō of Maehira, and Shingaki’s Bō-maki

  • Tomigusuku City:Tomb of Miyazato Eiichi, Okinawa Karate Kaikan, Bō of Bin

  • Nanjō City:Shōrinji-ryū monument, Bugeidō cave, Chinen Shichanaka’s Bō, Bōjutsu of Sashiki Tsuhako, Bōjutsu of Kochinda, Tomori Jugoya Bō

  • Haebaru Town:Bō of Tsukazan

  • Yaese Town:Bōjutsu of Asato in Gushichan, Bō of Ufuton

Okinawa main island central area

(Municipalities: Urasoe City, Ginowan City, Okinawa City, Uruma City, Yomitan Village, Kadena Town, Chatan Town, Kitanakagusuku Village, Nakagusuku Village, Nishihara Town)

  • Urasoe City:tomb and monument of Nakasone Seiyū, Bō of Maeda, Bō of Uchima

  • Uruma City:Chikin cave (Tsuken island), Yonashiro Yakena Suu-bō, Bō (and spear) of Kanna, Bō of Katsuren

  • Okinawa City:Tomb of Uni Ufugushiku, Misato Suu-machi-bo, Goya Bō-odori, Bō of Yamauchi

  • Kadena Town:Nozato staff

  • Kadena Town:Monument of Kyan Chōtoku

  • Kitanakagusuku Village:Shimabukuro Bō-sumachi, Feenushima of Atta

  • Ginowan City:Tomb of the Uechi family, Nodake Machi Bō

  • Chatan Town:Chatan Meekata

  • Nishihara Town:Okinawa Prefecture Karate Museum, Bō of Kohatsu

  • Yomitan Village:Monument of Shinjō Heitarō, Bō of Namihira, Bō of Kina, Bō of Uza, Bōjutsu of Zakimi, Bō of Tokeshi, Bō of Nagahama

Okinawa main island north area

(Municipalities: Nago City, Motobu Town, Kin Town, Kunigami Village, Ogimi Village, Higashi Village, Nakijin Village, Onna Village, Ginoza Village, Ie Village)

Yaeyama area

(Municipalities: Ishigaki City, Taketomi Town, Yonaguni Town)

  • Mura-bō and Bōjutsu:Bō of Taketomi, Bō-odori of Iriomote, etc.

Miyako area

(Municipalities: Miyakojima City, Tarama Village)

  • Mura-bō and Bōjutsu:Bō-odori of the districts of Kurima Shimoji, Kawamitsu, Shinzato, Nohara and Tarama Village, etc.

Kume Island

(Municipalities: Kumejima Town)

  • Gushikawa:Bō of Gushikawa, etc.

  • Nakazato district:Taira Shinken gravesite and stele

Other islands

(Municipalities: Tokashiki Village, Zamami Village, Aguni Village, Tonaki Village, Minami-daito Village, Kita-daito Village, Iheya Village, Izena Village)

  • Mura-bō and Bōjutsu:Bō-odori of Gakiya in Iheya Village, Izena Village and Aguni Village

Important points

  • Names are listed in no particular order and titles are omitted.
  • This list is not complete. It will be updated along the way.
  • In case there is no particular plate of monument referring to karate beside the grave, we have not listed the master’s tomb. If you want to visit the tomb of a specific master, ask your respective instructors for details.
  • Some of the steles listed are located within family tombs’ courtyards. When visiting a site, be quiet and respectful. If entering the courtyard, bow when entering and exiting the premises. If the monument is located within a private area, make sure to ask authorization before entering the site.
  • When visiting these sites, make sure to leave no trash behind, living the place as it was or even proper than it was before you arrived.
  • The information of Bojutsu, Mura-bo and Bo-odori is based on the Okinawa Prefecture Board of Education’s “Karatedo and kobudo preliminary survey report” of 1994. In most cases, demonstrations can be view during local festivals.
  • In case you are given the occasion of visiting a master’s grave, please read this article.