Shurijo Castle, Naha

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. Put Shurijo Castle into our Naha journey site and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • At the end of last year as a tourist from the Kurume was first experience. Transportation from the hotel's monorail and walk away. Went along way into Seiden was listed in a guide book available at tourist offices near SHURI station. Route: kankaimon gate at ☞ zuisenji gate ☞ hourglass gate ☞ through the wide gate from Bong kando where pay area... then nanden ☞ Seiden ☞ h. y. gate ☞ neck-forest Museum. Finished the tour has had to omit the kitatono home impression is "powerful and! ". Will still have to experience at least once....
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  • After arriving at Okinawa is 1 second to SHURI Castle. Wow, 10 years Buri! So I went to the new year's day was full of tourists, but slowly we visited-
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  • Is good opportunity to know the buildings but the Ryukyu Kingdom. And by all means Guide, I'm in, join a tour and explain about the Ryukyu Kingdom was between Japan and China for more information (free of charge) excellent history of the Ryukyus not yet known.
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  • This Castle is well worth the visit, quite a good view from below the hill and you can experience the peaceful neighborhood surrounding the castle. The interior and exterior are all renovated, actually rebuilt many times because of the war back in the days, but the structure and the architecture holds true to the past. It is a must visit as it is one of the best castles on the island.
  • The best castle on Okinawa. We spent about 2 hours here in perfect February weather. No need to spend much more time here. Great for a half day trip.
  • One of Okinawa's must see places. There's a decent amount of English signage. Unfortunately when I visited they were still renovating the exterior of the main building, but it was still possible to go inside. I'd recommend coming here nearer the end of the day so that you can wait till it gets dark and see the castle lit up.
  • This is a fine Looking Castle for a Relaxing Couple Hours Stroll. From the monorail you can either get off at the last stop Shuri, or the one before Gibo and walk to the castle which takes about 15 minutes. I came during the weekday in the low season so there weren't much crowd around so it was very quiet and relaxed in and around the castle ground. Overall a good place to visit for a couple hours.
  • Nice place to visit for the day. Kinda pricy just to get in, but it's still worth it. Plus they're great views of the city.

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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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