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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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  • 如果是使用嬰兒推車,動線設計上很貼心,還有升降梯專門給推車使用,有趣的集戳章遊戲,可惜帶寶寶有些地方不能收集到 
  • Stone stairs are just as good as walk like the Park might be a little tight, I think. It was a gate that was smaller than Okinawa's colours. I thought good to walk in the winter, but in summer hard?.
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  • There are many decent cafes around the place. The Park also has a huge duck and. .. Do not expect decent numbers. de
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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