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
4.02 weeks 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.
4.0a week ago
Nice castle - make sure to download the free app (a rare occurrence in Japan!) for history lessons. Okinawa has seen so much!
Next to the castle, there is a stone-paved street - however be aware that buses only run close to the castle, so if you are counting for public transport, don't go too far!
4.0a month ago
Shurijo Castle is a great attraction for seeing the old Ryukyu seat of power. It is unfortunate that it is a reconstruction but so much of Japan has been rebuilt from fores anyway. The museum has a few small exhibits but is still an interesting walk. The tea shop is a must because of its Ryukyu tea and sweets from the old kingdom which really sums up the tour nicely.
5.03 weeks ago
This castle is very different compared to the other castles in the mainland. It reflects a very diversified culture in the olden days. We can see elements of Chinese culture in the architecture of the castle. It’s free to visit and walking around the castle presents many beautiful views.
5.0in the last week
Great stop in your visit to Okinawa. Make sure you are ready to walk quite a bit and climb a lot of stairs. They do have wheelchair accessibility. The tea in the castle is an absolute must!