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Shurijo Castle, Naha

Categories: Castles, Nature & Parks, Tourist Spots
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A designated World Heritage Site, Shurijo Castle boasts a long history dating back to the 14th century, when it served as stronghold to the Chuzan polity. Starting in 1429 and for the subsequent 450 years, the castle was headquarters of the Ryukyu Kingdom, before its conversion to barracks for the Japanese army and a Japanese military base during World War II. A US warship destroyed the national treasure, but in the early 1990s a reconstruction restored the edifice. Enter the castle's buildings through a number of gates, including the elaborate red Shureimon gate. Wander through the administrative halls, including the bright interior of the seiden, or main hall. Audio Tours, leaflets, and computers will inform you about the site's history as you take in the brilliant colors and details. Stop for tea and pastries in the onsite tearoom. Make Shurijo Castle a part of your Naha vacation plans using our Naha vacation generator.
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  • Castle is on the top of hill, about 10 to 15 minutes walk from Yui Rail station. Take a little time when you walk to castle because you will pass stone gate, gardens, and ponds. Walk around is free, a...  read more »
  • It is one of the places like the old story I most wanted to go. SHURI Castle was many people go see instructions at. Speaking difficulties and outlets was good parking and a slope! Wrong side of the legs and I thought not suitable for old people ^ ^;
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  • Walking the grounds was free, we paid the extra to go inside and see what has been done. Brochures were available in English. Make sure you go to the overlook and the ponds 
  • Not too much inside the castle besides the throne and the crown on display. But the outside of the castle makes for a great pic. And there are other things to see on the outside that could make it a good 2-3 hours. If just doing the actual castle it can take an hour if the kids are doing the stamps.
  • A must see in Okinawa. Well rebuilt (some areas were still under renovation). You start with a small museum, then you enter the castle, beautiful wood building, and you can walk around the walls to finish. You can't compare with the castles in Tokyo or Kyoto, but it is the best one in Okinawa.
  • Great view and nice looking castle. I don't think it's worth paying to look inside though. Not that unique from other Japanese sights.
  • nice castle. impressive red color. but the enterance fee is too high than it's contents. please carefully see every point of this castle.
  • Cool place, very nice reconstruction, there is still more work being carried out.
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