World Heritage: Shuri Castle Remains4.6
Shuri is the name of the capital city in the Ryukyu Kingdom that flourished for many centuries until Okinamawa became part of Japan in the 19th century. The castle was originally erected in the 14the century, and the castle's current buildings date back to 1992. The main building, Seiden, with vermilion color, was the political center where administrative works and ceremonies were held by the king and aristocrats.
The architecture, including the palace, gates and garden with a pond, was strongly influenced by Chinese castle designs. The castle's hilltop location offers a good view over Naha City. The remains and some gates of the former castle here were selected a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the year 2000.
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Airport/Sta.Naha Airport (about 7km) Google Transit
4.02 weeks ago
What a wonderful place to learn in a relaxing manner about history of totally different Japan which you might think of.Its beautiful architecture is unique mixture greatly influenced by Chinese and other neighbouring countries. Okinawa's culture is rich and distinctive from the main land Japan we know. People neither look nor speak like typical Japanese. It's a must place to see even if you have only one one hour as we had in order to get a glimpse of why Okinawa is THE WAY IT IS ...the entry ticket is a bit overpriced, perhaps it's only my opinion
5.0a week ago
Our first experience with Okinawan historical sites. Incredibly well-maintained, beautiful museum. Don't speak or read any Japanese language, but was able to get a great experience even from the limited English legends. 10/10 would recommend!
4.0a week ago
Nice view and great walk. You can walk up to almost end free but you have to pay to go inside the castle. Other than you can walk into castle not worse to go in to look from out side. They are doing some construction (as of dec2018) I think until spring 2019. They had tarp photo print over construction .. still great walk up there.
5.04 weeks ago
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!
5.02 months 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.