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
4.06 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!
4.0a month ago
A well preserved castle with wooden structure still in place. A pity the main building has been burnt recently but rebuilding work is going on quickly. Still worth a visit.
4.0a month ago
Restaurant here is delicious with vegetarian and vegan menu. Parking very easy too just below the restaurant. Main hall is burnt so it's free to walk the grounds and see the construction and views of the city.
5.0a month ago
My daughter and son in law and granddaughter are stationed in Okinawa with Marines. I was in Okinawa in September. My daughter showed me so much of this beautiful place. I was shocked and heartbroken when I heard this castle was burned down. I feel honored that I saw this beautiful castle that now is gone.
4.02 months ago
Beautiful historical castle to visit and to have a nice view of the city. We are lucky to see the castle before it got burnt down. 😞 Note that this place is quite stroller friendly. But not convenient if u want to climb the stairs to see more of the castle. Pls try the ice cream at the bottom of the castle before u walk up! Very nice sweet potato flavor!