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Shurijo Castle, Naha

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. Put Shurijo 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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  • A good rebuilt place to know the history of the majesty of the early Okinawa. The buildings are also beautiful. It is a good point to connect with my South East Asia experience.  more »
  • We used the monorail to get here and walked. Stopped off at a Dim Sum restaurant on the corner on the way from the monorail for the nicest lunch with a beautiful set menu. Walked round the castle and ...  more »
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  • BEAUTIFUL and full of history. It was being restored but guides are very helpful. Great sites and views of the city. Traditional tea ceremony was worth the price. It was fun completing the map with the stamps. Great gift shops if you're wanting souvenirs.
  • Interesting, great views of Naha city from certain parts of the wall. I was happy that there was generally a suggested route so I didn't feel like I was constantly lost. Also, every staff member was so friendly! Certainly a must-go. If I had to improve something, I would say they should provide old photos and objects to touch for a more interactive experience. Otherwise, walking around the castle was fun, too.
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