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Shurijo Castle, Naha

#1 of 196 in Historic Sites in Okinawa Prefecture
Must see · Castle · Historic Walking Area
A designated World Heritage Site, Shurijo Castle boasts a long history dating back to the 14th century, when it served as stronghold to the Chuzan polity. Starting in 1429 and for the subsequent 450 years, the castle was headquarters of the Ryukyu Kingdom, before its conversion to barracks for the Japanese army and a Japanese military base during World War II. A US warship destroyed the national treasure, but in the early 1990s a reconstruction restored the edifice. Enter the castle's buildings through a number of gates, including the elaborate red Shureimon gate. Wander through the administrative halls, including the bright interior of the seiden, or main hall. Audio Tours, leaflets, and computers will inform you about the site's history as you take in the brilliant colors and details. Stop for tea and pastries in the onsite tearoom. PutShurijo Castle into our Naha journey site and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • Yes, the main buildings at Shurijo Castle have burnt down and there are efforts to clean the area up and start construction again. Although most buildings are no longer here, I feel the castle area...  more »
  • The castle was burned last year then there is nothing to see there now, so if you go there you will lose your time.  more »
  • 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!
  • 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.

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