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
4.0a week ago
Ive been to quite a few castle in Japan but this had more of a relaxing atmosphere. It wasn't overly crowded and you can take your time exploring the castle. Taking photos outside the castle is ok but most of the inside it's not allowed. If you want a break they have a tea cafe where you can drink jasmine tea and traditional Okinawa cakes.
5.02 months ago
It took us 3-4 hours that day in this very beautiful rebuilt of the once-destroyed castle. Paying the entrance definitely worth it, especially if you have a valid one or two day Monorail pass because you'll get discount on the castle entrance fee.
Make sure you have sunscreen or hat or umbrella as you need that to walk in the unpaid area. A very beautiful and educational site.
5.0a month ago
I know it has been said before but those stamps for kids are really helping them walk and Explore. Such good idea! We got there with a cab from the Tomari Port where the ship was. It was around 2000 yen but when we were going back we took monorail to the Prefecture building and it was 900y. All in all Great experience
3.02 months ago
The entrance fee for this castle is more than 800¥ for an adult. Never saw such a price in Japan to enter any temple or shrine. Usually you maybe get charged 200/300¥, but mostly it's even for free. I can't imagine there is something inside worth 800¥ since now (July 2018) many parts are under construction. Even though, the park itself is nice and worth seeing (and free).
5.04 months ago
WOW! What an amazing castle. You pay around 320 yen to park in the large garage, and make sure to get a stamp pamphlet for the kids. They can stamp their pamphlet at each station throughout the grounds. The outside of the grounds are free, but you pay a small fee to go inside, which is amazing! It's a lot of walking, so make sure that won't be a problem. You end at a gift shop, where I purchased my first sweat towel. I'd recommend NOT going in the summer, but if you do, take lots of water!