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Shurijo Castle, Naha

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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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Where to stay in Naha

Naha offers abundant accommodation options for tourists, particularly hotels with mid-range prices. A few international five-star resort chains have local branches, and youth hostels provide an option if you're looking for bare-bones, budget-friendly lodgings. Staying in one of the hotels around Kokusai Street puts you right in the middle of the action, with easy access to Naha's attractions and nightlife.
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  • Great view. And the place itself worth visit. It's japanese and chinese castle. You can experience tea culture of japan with tsinsco which is Ryuku's traditional dessert which is very delicious.  more »
  • We were only in Naha for a day and had planned to go to the Chumauri Aquarium but that trip was cancelled - we were on a cruise ship So, at the last minute we headed up to the Shurijo Castle and what ...  more »
  • This is "must see" when you are in Okinawa. However I thought 75% was not so interesting. The only thing that impressed me was the chair of the King. A must do here is the tea ceremony. This was aweso...  more »
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  • Annual Visitors: 1,753,000 Shuri Castle was the seat of the kings of Ryukyu for more than 400 years. The castle was completely destroyed during the Battle of Okinawa in 1945, and reconstruction work was only completed in the early 1990s. The results include eight Chinese-style gates or entrances, plus gardens, a study and a main hall with red-colored tiles on two layered roofs. The three-story red building houses two throne rooms and the royal family's private apartments. Ponds, bridges and miniature islands make up the royal gardens, added in 1799.
  • This is a must see when visiting Okinawa. It's a beautiful castle nicely restored. Come here to learn about the history and culture of Ryukyu. Free traditional dance performance at regular intervals.
  • If you love historical sites, it's great. If you don't, there's no convincing you. Before the annexation, the subsequent decline into dilapidation and the eventual, near total destruction in World War II, it was the beautiful royal court and administrative centre of the Ryukyu Kingdom. Now, it has been reconstructed and has been wonderfully maintained since. There are some wonderful exhibits and artefacts inside; though probably not especially interesting for very young children.
  • It's a must visiting Shurijo Castle when in Okinawa. Right now Castle painting is passing thru painting restoration, part of its facade is not visible. Impressing view during the night when illuminated.
  • The front of the main palace is still under construction and not all of the displays have an English translation. Big bummer on that. You have to take your shoes off to walk in the castle so wear socks. The best part is hunting for a stamp for each place you visit. Parking is tricky and bring plenty of Yen.