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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  • Featured is a free guide is decided at the time to ask. Guide see Iloilo alone do not know and do not write, just tell. Because the website has hold time for your reference. Up to 15 minutes before the clerk about 10 people so late?
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  • Worth a visit although steps are required but take your time and the views and history are worth it. We were on an organised tour for a 4 hour duration in a group.  more »
  • At mile trip I went to SHURI Castle. Until my return flight was three hours. Courage to Okinawa monorail "YUI rail" in one day on a round-trip ticket when shuttle ride walking, better (laughs) roundtrip ticket Awards with worth buying is. By the way the SHURI Castle tea room admission was free. (Chains, across), parlor Seiden SHURI Castle and garden, tea and sweets taste enjoyed relaxing.
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  • Shurijo Castle was listed as one of the places to visit. Personally, I was a little disappointed with Shurijo Castle. The only thing that is authentic and endorsed by UNESCO is right at the entrance before you head into the castle. The surroundings around the castle has been transformed into a park, that has other stuff to see and do. But how they reconstructed the palace, the very fresh and new coat of paint just made this historical site lose its appeal (which explains why I did not take any photos of the main palace area). The brand new tatami mats. Putting a restaurant in there to have Ryukyu style dessert and tea. Nevertheless, there is still a lot of history to be gleaned here of the Ryukyu dynasty.
  • 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.
  • An awesome reconstruction of the Ryukyu Kingdom's centerpiece. You can see the Chinese and Japanese influences everywhere. It's now a UNESCO World Heritage site.
  • Great place, visit is well arranged with signed guiding you all the way. In itself the place is fairly small though and sadly there isn't much translated so it may be a little hard to make sense of all the information in Japanese for tourists.
  • Must see when you are in Okinawa. Beautifully rebuilt (fully destroyed during WWII). Good place to understand the ancient history of Okinawa.

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