Okinawa Shurijo Castle Festival3.7
from 10/27 '18 to 11/3 '18
One of the three major festivals of Naha, Shurijo Castle Festival is reminiscent of the Ryukyu Kingdom era, colored brightly red, a culture different from the Mainland, is a precious festival where you can feel the unique culture of Okinawa.
During the Festival period, there are events where you can enjoy the Ryukyu dynasty culture, such as the gorgeous Ryukyu dance "Invitation to Dance Special Performance" nurtured in Shurijo Castle, and the "Bankoku Shinryo (Bridge of Nations) Candle Light" wrapped in fantastical lights.
In addition, including the Ryukyu King and Queen, there will be the luxurious and gorgeous Emaki-Gyoretsu Parade with a total of about 700 people of "Sakuhoushi" (accredited Chinese envoys to neighbouring kingdoms) at Naha City Kokusai Street.
On the last day November 3rd, one of the progress of the Ryukyu King, Koshiki-Gyoretsu of "Sankaji Sanchii Sune-i (三ケ寺参詣行幸)" called "Hatsu Gyokou (初行幸)" is reproduced.
During the Ryukyu Kingdom era, the king prayed for welfare of the State and bumper crops, and the appearance of worshiping the three temples around Shurijo Castle is gorgeously reproduced.
Details: ※Hours varies depending on the event
·Invitation to Dance Special Performance
·Ryukyu Dynasty Scroll Parade, October 28th (Sunday) 2018, 12: 30 ~ 14: 30 Naha City Kokusai Street
·Bankoku Shinryo (Bridge of Nations) Candle Light, October 27th (Saturday) 28th (Sunday) 2018, 17: 00 ~ 21: 00 Shurijo Castle Park Shureimon Gate front, Kankai Gate ~ Kofukumon Gate, Kobikimon Gate ~ Madamichi Street (Shimashibira), Around Ryutan
·Ryukyu Dynasty Festival Koshiki-Gyoretsu November 3rd (Saturday) 2018, 12: 50 ~ 15: 30 Hoshinmon Gate ~ Shureimon Gate ~ Ryutandori Street
·Arrival of the King and queen
·Shurijo Castle Music Festival
·Karate Day related events
·"Essence of Ryukyu Awamori" in Zenikura
Admission Fee: Adult 820 yen, Children (high school student) 620 yen, Children (elementary / junior high school student) 310 yen ※Free under the age of 6
※Entrance fee is necessary for viewing in front of Shurijo Castle and Garden.
※There are also events in the free area.
Address: Okinawa Prefecture, Naha City, Shurikinjouchou 1-2, Shurijo Castle Park
Transportation Access: 15 minutes on foot from Naha Airport to Yui Rail "Shuri Station" or 2 minutes on foot from "Shurijo Mae" bus stop
PurposeFestivals,easily accessible,parade,spiritual places,beach,world heritage,experience,night view,nature,family,Japanese resort,shrine/temple,sightseeing,shopping,major,let's hang out!
Airport/Sta.SHURI sta. (about 600m) Google Transit
4.0a month ago
Beautiful palace (castle) , very complete one . I think it was rebuilt. From (not free) parking lot you have to walk a bit far from external long path to the main entrance if the weather is nice it is a fine walking trip. Inside the castle it has a tea house. Sitting at the traditional table, sipping hot jasmine and eating old traditional snack while relaxing with Japanese garden.
5.0a week ago
Well worth a visit, do yourself a favour and from Shuri station, walk up the steps to the castle park then walk along the ramparts to get to the castle. It's much nicer, although more intensive than walking along the main road.
The castle itself was great, the workmanship to make the stones meet with such precision is extremely impressive.
3.0a month ago
The kids have a good time exploring the castle. The video in the exhibit room/ waiting area is very informative, showing how the reformed work is done. But the castle looks beautiful and new so if you are looking for historic building feel, this will disappoint you.
5.0a week ago
Only came to Okinawa for a short day from cruise travelling, it was great to see how Japan was influenced by Qing Dynasty of China. It was a close look that you prob never gonna get from the Forbidden City.
You have to take off your shoes in order to have a look at the inside of the castle. So prepare for a pair of socks if you are wearing sandals.
4.03 months ago
It's a quite interesting place. The building is sadly not the original one as it was destroyed in the battle of Okinawa. But regardless it is beautiful and inspiring castle with its vivid red colors and dragon ornaments. It is great place to learn more about the Ryukyu Kingdom.