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
3.0a week ago
The kids have a good time exploring the castle. The video in the exhibit room/ waiting area is very informative, showing how the reformed work is done. But the castle looks beautiful and new so if you are looking for historic building feel, this will disappoint you.
4.02 months 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 month ago
Beautifully maintained castle. Friendly staff. More English displays would be helpful. Online audio guide only has Japanese available, despite stating otherwise on signs. Very popular with student groups and tour groups. Can get quite crowded. Parking lots get full quite quickly.
5.0a month ago
Absolutely amazing views of the city with great walking areas and beautiful trees. We actually decided not to pay to go inside the castle and instead, opted to walk around the perimeter which was a great idea for us. The entire experience was delightful and super pretty. Very glad I went, as this castle is different from all other castles in Japan.
4.0a month ago
A nice replica of an Ryukyu castle. Not sure how accurate the new renovation is though? Had a great time exploring the area and doing the stamps rally. Good views of the city from the top of the wall.