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
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.
4.03 weeks 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.
5.0in the last week
Historically renovated spot that showcases a beautiful blend of Japanese and Okinawan architecture. The views from here are amazing, and the ride up on the train line passes by so many lovely neighborhoods, you’d feel like you were in an anime. Lots of pathways to walk and explore once you’re at the castle - prepare to hike!
4.02 months ago
Beautiful palace (castle) , very complete one . I think it was rebuilt. From (not free) parking lot you have to walk a bit far from external long path to the main entrance if the weather is nice it is a fine walking trip. Inside the castle it has a tea house. Sitting at the traditional table, sipping hot jasmine and eating old traditional snack while relaxing with Japanese garden.
5.03 weeks ago
Magnificent. Yet, it is a long walk from the first gate to the castle. In the charged area, you are not allowed to take photos, but at some points you can though the signboard saying so is small and hard to find. Ask the staff, or take photos when others are doing so. They have multilingual supports. By downloading an app, you can listen to the guidance in English, Chinese, Korean, and Japanese (as far as I can remember). They also have pamphlets in those languages.
If you pay extra 310¥, you can have traditional Okinawan royal sweets with jasmine tea. During the teatime with a beautiful view of traditional Okinawan gardens through windows, they explain facts about the sweets and the surroundings. Some staff members seem to be able to speak English.
At the end of the route, they have a little museum shop and snacking area.