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
4.03 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.