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!
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5.0in the last week
Even though it's a replica it was great learning about the history and seeing all the items inside the castle. The staff was very friendly and helpful even though I didn't speak Japanese and they didn't speak English. It was a great experience!
5.0a month ago
It was amazing, before you go inside the castle you need to take off your shoes, which is a great idea besides the Japanese culture. Once you are inside the castle, you can appreciate the wood work and the displays and some history of the Okinawa kingdom. I believe the castle was going through a renovations at the outside but it was still an awesome view.
5.02 weeks ago
A authentic reproduction of a Japanese castle with original destroyed in WW II. Some of the original parts are shown but few and far between. I would recommend the tea ceremony. A pleasurable visit. Don't forget to bring indoor sandals or socks as the interior is all outdoor shoes free.
4.0a month ago
It’s a nice place to look around. Tourist center provides stamp-collection brochure for you to discover. Most scenes are free. Main entrance costs ¥820 for adults. If you have time, it’s probable a great place to visit.
4.03 weeks ago
Heritage of the old castle. Nice route design and have some stamping activities to keep the kids busy while found it not so boring. There is an area that can see the Naha city which is great. Overall great experience.