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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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  • Stamp rally for children has the Nice children. SHURI castle itself is not interested in small children may not.
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  • 首里城離那霸市很近,夏天天氣炎熱,搭單軌列車還要走一段路,建議可以自己開車前往,而且沖繩景點都有mapecode,自駕很方便,大人門票日幣820,建築物裡都有冷氣,動線規劃還不錯。 
  • One of the symbols of the Okinawa feel. I think that once should always go when you come to Okinawa. I think it is valuable also in knowing the culture of Okinawa.
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  • The place looks nice from outside. Impressive walls and fortifications but all are reconstruction. Definitely not worth to buy entrance ticket. Parking costs 320 yen. Go to the underground parking lot because it's cheaper than other private ones around the castle.
  • The highlight here are the extensive, picturesque grounds and surrounding walls. Stroll around free of charge, don't pay to enter the castle itself which is a rebuilt replica and offers little in the way of historic or any other interest.
  • Staff wasn't entirely friendly; only maybe 30% had English information; part of it was closed (tea area) but still had to pay full admission price. Had free coin lockers in admission sales office, but it closed 30 minutes prior to the museum close, and I got hassled trying to reenter. Also misleading, since the Seiden main building (and more?) was entirely rebuilt after its most recent burning down during World War 2.
  • A great attraction in Naha with good views. Good starting point for people who are interested at the history of Okinawa
  • Honestly not as interesting as many of the other castles around Japan. The grounds themselves are not maintained to a high standard, with many of the paths around the ramparts overgrown. The view down from the castle to Naha is very good though