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.
Shurijo Castle Reviews
Good to have a visit to Castle to know more about how the palace of royal family looks like. It amazed me that it was so hot but inside the castle, it wasn't as hot as outside and breeze came through.... more »
Mostly enjoyed the city views as the main buildings were under construction due to a fire last year. 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!
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.
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