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
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 week ago
Nice castle - make sure to download the free app (a rare occurrence in Japan!) for history lessons. Okinawa has seen so much!
Next to the castle, there is a stone-paved street - however be aware that buses only run close to the castle, so if you are counting for public transport, don't go too far!
4.0a month ago
Shurijo Castle is a great attraction for seeing the old Ryukyu seat of power. It is unfortunate that it is a reconstruction but so much of Japan has been rebuilt from fores anyway. The museum has a few small exhibits but is still an interesting walk. The tea shop is a must because of its Ryukyu tea and sweets from the old kingdom which really sums up the tour nicely.
5.03 weeks ago
This castle is very different compared to the other castles in the mainland. It reflects a very diversified culture in the olden days. We can see elements of Chinese culture in the architecture of the castle. It’s free to visit and walking around the castle presents many beautiful views.
5.0in the last week
Great stop in your visit to Okinawa. Make sure you are ready to walk quite a bit and climb a lot of stairs. They do have wheelchair accessibility. The tea in the castle is an absolute must!