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Shuri Castle

Travel Guide - Shuri Castle


Prior to the Meiji Restoration, Shuri was the capital of Okinawa (Ryukyu); that titie passed to Naha in 1879. Shurijo Park contains most of what's left of the old Ryukyu royal capital. At the entrance is a building with a restaurant and information booth. Just up from the entrance to the park is the reconstructed old residence of the Okinawan royal family, Shuri Castle.
Shuri Castle is the symbol of the Ryukyu Kingdom stands on a 120 meter-high hill. The castle is said to have been built at the end of the 14th century and it was the center of politics, culture, diplomacy and ritual of the Ryukyu Kingdom. Shuri Castle has a lot of similarities with the Forbidden City in Beijing and the Gyeongbokgung in Seoul in its structure because the Ryukyu Kingdom had frequent trade with other Asian countries. The castle was once burnt out during the World War II, but reconstructed in 1992 to commemorate the 20th anniversary of Okinawa's reversion to Japan in 1972.
Shureino-mon Gate is the ceremonial entrance to the castle. The Chinese-influenced gate was originally built nearly 500 years ago and was rebuilt in 1958. Also worth checking out is the 15th to 16th century Kankai-mon Gate with its traditional Okinawan design. It was rebuilt right after the World War II. The Kyukei-mon Gate, built in 1508, has also been restored. The third large gate, the Keisei-mon Gate, was originally built in 1546.

Opening HoursOpening Hours

  • 8:30 - 19:00
  • 8:30 - 20:00 (July - September)
  • 8:30 - 18:00 (December - March)


  • 1st Wednesday and Thursday of July

Price / Entrance FeePrice / Entrance Fee

  • 820 yen (General, Adult)
  • 620 yen (Student)
  • 310 yen (Child)

Access / Public TransportAccess / Public Transport

  • 3 minutes from Shuri Station on the Yui Rail by the #8 bus. Get off at Shurijo-mae Bus stop.

Address / LocationAddress / Location

  • 1-2, Shuri Kinjocho, Naha-shi, Okinawa, 903-0815


Imperial Arm @ImperialArm - 2021-01-16
Just posted a photo @ Shuri Castle https://t.co/8UJhpKqpyk
Imperial Arm @ImperialArm - 2021-01-16
Just posted a photo @ Shuri Castle https://t.co/UjIzCRrXx7
yoshimi, weird sci-fi boomer @nise_yoshimi - 2021-01-16
good morning. here's an American soldier affixing a confederate flag to to shuri castle in Okinawa https://t.co/cNNylvCQMC
Rising sun @MGHK5558 - 2021-01-15
@sakaguchioffice Shuri Castle is ..a form of medieval Japanese castle located in Naha City, the capital city of Oki… https://t.co/kens5WvwtA
World @MickaelWorld - 2021-01-15
@okatsu0713 @MangaSeb49 Shuri Castle was a Ryukyuan gusuku castle in Shuri, Okinawa Prefecture, Japan. Between 1429… https://t.co/JcVPjTi4P5
TABIKURU_Global @tabikuru_global - 2021-01-07
This is the Shuri castle before a fire in 2019.The Shuri castle is a symbol of the Ryukyu kingdom that used to be a… https://t.co/6MiYFrjP5T
The Other 14,000,604 MCU Timelines @AlternateMCU - 2021-01-07
In this timeline, Shuri recovers the the soul stone by impersonating Thor. However, Falcon was a Skrull the whole t… https://t.co/eospABE205
zakka @zakka - 2021-01-07
Kinjo Stone Road to Shuri Castle | Japan Travel Vlog | Cinematic – Osmo pocket 2 https://t.co/9NXhGWvK9n
Shuri Fontaye @shuri_fontaye - 2021-01-06
POV: You find a lone presence, unawares of the world passing by, deep within the heart of the castle. Dare you awak… https://t.co/NQQfLuGav8
Tokyo Weekender @Tokyo_Weekender - 2021-01-05
Okinawa's Shuri Castle was not only a beautiful sightseeing spot but a staple of the islands' unique culture. Here'… https://t.co/Owu6Ose16O
首里乙羽 @shurioppa - 2021-01-05
👷‍♀️direck『Yes ,I'm servent at castle.let re build it.after walking day,I ate 🍦,all right young ladys?」🐥🐤「yes ,sir… https://t.co/m8CDjaNlpG
首里乙羽 @shurioppa - 2021-01-04
🐥🐤「woud you mind asking for? Santa & Night working at castle is our carpenters Direck,aren’t YOU!」

#2021 #newyear… https://t.co/BZh9TT5Wpu
首里乙羽 @shurioppa - 2021-01-03
🐥spend lovery sky at shuri castle newyear.Night wear red hat.traditional Ryukyu Dance how elegant! #2021 #newyear… https://t.co/D9x2bYMT0B
nippon.com/ja @nippon_ja - 2020-12-31
Ceramic Shisas Made to Help Rebuild Shuri Castle https://t.co/iTdR2DUTep
Regina Glei @ReginaRed - 2020-12-29
I also went to Shuri castle. The main hall and several other buildings burned to the ground on 31.10.2019. It’s reo… https://t.co/s1DUD1gMXy
Regina Glei @ReginaRed - 2020-12-29
Sweet! They gave me a 2000 yen note as change at the souvenir shop of Shuri castle. Last time I got one was xx? yea… https://t.co/5CAl6P0N88
日本のために @new_age_japan - 2020-12-29
Okinawa’s Shuri Castle is gone – but there are plenty more reasons to visit - South China Morning Post… https://t.co/NJR5tQ1T03
Consulate-General of Japan in Chicago @JpnCons_Chicago - 2020-12-16
More than a year after it was destroyed in a fire, beloved UNESCO World Heritage Site Shuri Castle in Okinawa remai… https://t.co/rWT3ys4HSp
Okinawanderer @okinawanderer - 2020-12-16
OkiNews! Dragon pillars of Shuri castle have been renovated

https://t.co/ttBGG4XA06 https://t.co/3jvNGU7vLi
T.Kwjm @TracyK_Oki - 2020-12-16
“And all shall be well and
All manner of thing shall be well
When the tongues of flame are in-folded
Into the crown… https://t.co/CdfltdgvD2
TomoxKaguraLover229 @TLover229 - 2020-12-16
RIP Shuri Castle, we AzuDai fans will miss you😭
(Music for the occasion:https://t.co/h7Z0zZtDMq) https://t.co/lnWHIX7IJh
Okinawanderer @okinawanderer - 2020-12-15
Haisai Okinawa Quick News!! Dec. 14


・Stay home and enjoy a fun time with Okinawan Live o… https://t.co/ern2wHfENR
Tuttogiappone - All about Japan @Tuttogiappone - 2020-12-11
Shuri Castle in #Okinawa: One Year Later, on the Fast Track to Reconstruction https://t.co/1lhje8eLfQ #Giappone #Japan
TSUMUGU: Japan Art & Culture (English ed.) @jpn_art_culture - 2020-12-09
There is now an article to go with the photo:
https://t.co/USJICf1b5k https://t.co/xJQnzuIabW
Tokyo Weekender @Tokyo_Weekender - 2020-12-08
There are ways you can help too. #ShuriCastle #Okinawa #AftertheFire https://t.co/opSELOKveS
ivy* @ivy_k29 - 2020-12-08
Shuri castle that districted in October 31 last year has not started to be reconstructed yet. https://t.co/CMa0BAZIsh
数悌部 @LetsVisitJapan - 2020-12-07
Students' mosaic of gutted Shuri Castle displayed in Hokkaido https://t.co/I6Rxws7jKm https://t.co/33XlSPu40i
Merry & Festive Hoss CEO 🎄 @gibsjuchegfpls - 2020-12-06
@KanZoomer @drugc3l The Marines who took Shuri Castle on Okinawa flew the stars and bars too. https://t.co/629rqTufs9
The Japan News @The_Japan_News - 2020-12-06
An upcoming exhibition at the Tokyo National Museum will feature a model of the Seiden main hall of Shuri Castle ne… https://t.co/QsRGBsE0wP
Travis Seifman @toranosukev - 2020-12-06
No real reason, but just thought I'd post a 'shelfie' of my to-read pile, which I haven't touched in weeks. Mostly… https://t.co/Qb6234yYcC
sherryroll @sherryberry100 - 2020-12-06
OMG, I found out that there is a stage in Call of Duty that reenacts the Battle of Okinawa, a battle in which a thi… https://t.co/4Jw2nF0som
Blake Hooton @LightTower936 - 2020-12-05
@basketballnavi The Okinawa side has the Shuri Castle which is a Japanese temple, one of the iconic locations in Japan.
Okinawanderer @okinawanderer - 2020-12-05
Haisai Okinawa Quick News!! Dec. 4


・Ryukyu Lantern Festival and Yoakari stamp campaign… https://t.co/GzRFnbAI4o


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