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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4.0in the last week
Interesting, great views of Naha city from certain parts of the wall. I was happy that there was generally a suggested route so I didn't feel like I was constantly lost. Also, every staff member was so friendly! Certainly a must-go. If I had to improve something, I would say they should provide old photos and objects to touch for a more interactive experience. Otherwise, walking around the castle was fun, too.
4.0in the last week
Beautiful building and grounds showcasing lots of local history. There is a lot to see and do and you really get an appreciation for the architectural style. Can get pretty busy during the day but still lots of fun!
5.02 weeks ago
Beautiful and full of history. The garden is really nice. There can be crowded at some points. (If you are going to come here on foot. Make sure to wear a good pair of shoes.) The ticket counters are located right before the entrance of the castle.
3.0a week ago
It was nice to see the reconstructed castle to really get a feel for how this was a fortress first and palace second. You could see how the community and barracks needed to support the castle could have been built into the various enclosures, and the spring-fed pool was pretty, though much smaller than it looks on the tourism site. But if you are short on time and can only do one or the other, go to the Nakagusuku Castle ruins instead. It won't be easy to get to without a car, but it's worth finding a way.
5.02 weeks ago
Beautiful park and Castle, attended the new year celebration show which was very moving, culturally interesting and gorgeous. Free drinks were provided which is always a plus. I very much enjoyed the experience at this park and Castle and suggest anyone visiting Okinawa to come and take a look for themselves.