Okinawa Shurijo Castle Festival3.7
from 10/27 '19 to 11/3 '19
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,Traditional folk,experience,night view,nature,family,Japanese resort,shrine/temple,sightseeing,shopping,major,let's hang out!
Airport/Sta.SHURI sta. (about 600m) Google Transit
4.03 months ago
The restaurant here was delicious! Parking is easy to find but you have to pay for it. The best time to go is right before sunset. Give yourself enough time to walk around a bit before the sun starts to set and then go look at the temples and get sunset pictures it was so beautiful! It's kind of like one big maze of history and experience. You get to walk through all the buildings that they replicated to look like the original castles. It's so interesting to see. You will need to take your shoes off at some point to walk through part of the sacred building but they give you a bag to carry them in. Bring socks if you don't like walking barefoot on public floors! It's a little tiring sometimes going up all the steps so be prepared to earn the sight you're going to see! They have little gift shops with a couple items but not a very big store. You probably won't stay there longer than a couple hours and most of it is free to see except the entrance to the big beautiful one. It's worth the small fee to get your tickets to go inside but they take card!
4.05 months ago
Castle opens till 8.30pm. Best to come around 5-5.30pm, with sunset photos view. There’s a big basement car park next to castle (Y320 for 2 hrs). Adult entrance fees Y820. Best to get it at rental car office (Y740), validity 30 days. Good to capture the castle n scenery with the setting sun. 5pm is Not too hot during the Aug heatwave. A nice and short walk through the castle but need to talk off your shoe. They give you a plastic bag to hold your shoe. Then you can climb a bit higher to capture views of Okinawa from the hill top. At the end of the route downhill, there’s a souvenir shop. A good 1 hr spent here taking beautiful photos.
4.05 months ago
Fantastic! This place is impressive. The sheer scale of everything, the way it's preserved. The price of admission is definitely worth it.
To set your expectations straight, this is not a place you'll spend a lot of time in, but it's a fantastic place to visit if you're in Okinawa getting to know the place and culture. This place is the kind of thing you only see in Japanese war themed movies, and being able to go, and see for yourself, is an awesome experience.
If you're a photographer, take your wide-angle: you'll either be in front of massive structures in front of your face, or small and tight indoor rooms and corridors.
Well worth the small price of admission.
5.03 months ago
One of the only rebuilt castles in Okinawa, this place is beautiful! You can walk the grounds for free but it cost 800 yen to tour the castle and you will have to take your shoes off.
There are plaques throughout with English descriptions of what the spaces were used for.
5.04 months ago
Big castle place that takes a few hours to cover walking the entire area in a comfortable pace. Take off your shoes inside the castle. There will be staff handling you plastic bag to put your shoes. Return the plastic bag to the staff at the end of the castle tour. If you are in time, enjoy the performance at the stated timings. The audience seating is limited. Note that there is segregation of paid and foc areas.