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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


Ashley M. Hecker @AshleyMHecker - 2020-01-24
Shuri Castle 😭 #okinawa #okiadventures #shuricastle #fire @ Shuri Castle https://t.co/0G7nFzExCh
Mirika Misha Tamaki @MIRIKA_M - 2020-01-24
Fukui-Okinawa Kenjinkai and. Paikaji Family organize some small charity projects/events every year and one of them… https://t.co/rUIqNDy0VW
日本のために @new_age_japan - 2020-01-24
Okinawa’s Shuri Castle is gone – but there are plenty more reasons to visit - South China Morning Post… https://t.co/tHWf8mcDU5
Catman ava Dido Hydrogen 🐱 @catreonot - 2020-01-23
Yah... Shuri Castle was on 🔥 in 2019 :( https://t.co/R0OkCH8Ith
Susan Jordan @Moonbootica - 2020-01-23
After devastating Shuri Castle fire, World Heritage temple in Nara holds drill | The Japan Times https://t.co/JcXgoKv6Zw
UMAC Tokyo Seminar @umactokyo - 2020-01-23
[Japan News] On Monday the #WorldHeritage #temple #Yakushi-Ji in #Nara held a fire drill, after the devastating fi… https://t.co/c1AUIjdCQN
ACCO 在沖米国商工会議所 @amchamokinawa - 2020-01-22
Chamber Leadership visited the Okinawa Prefecture Government Office to present member donations collected for the r… https://t.co/KnQ1u9HdWS
Ben Williams @BenitoWill - 2020-01-22
@OkinawaOzzy @TheTofuBowl I'm only just discovering they've put Shuri Castle on it, so that's a big yes from me. It… https://t.co/bMRxR3xxaj
Bobby @Cluelesscomedy3 - 2020-01-22
@PJFXMooney @WW2HistoryGal Yeah, They helped break the Japanese defenses at Sugar Loaf Mountain and took Shuri Castle from The Japanese.
Dan Orlowitz @aishiterutokyo - 2020-01-22
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Fraser 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿🇪🇺 @FrasSmith - 2020-01-22
Shuri Castle Walls #shuricastle #naha #okinawa #japan via Instagram https://t.co/w87lVJmTw4 https://t.co/vMFAD1m6MV https://t.co/QLzgbvF1Yn
Fraser 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿🇪🇺 @FrasSmith - 2020-01-22
Shuri Castle walls, looking over Naha. #shuricastle #naha #okinawa #japan via Instagram https://t.co/FvKP7VOkFUhttps://t.co/ZRCf5S59PN
JAPANNEL YUYA @JapannelY - 2020-01-22
⭐️Introduction of prefectures in Japan

47. Okinawa(沖縄)

①Okinawan sea is very beautiful.
②The Shuri Castl… https://t.co/rjWk76vElf
NavyBlueWasp @NavyBlueWasp - 2020-01-22
@TheTofuBowl I am !
Shuri Castle is a big point for me :)
Rob Kajiwara 🧧🍑🐭福 @robkajiwara - 2020-01-22
@riskmngmnt_h Yes, that is our famous gate Suimun (C: Shou li men 守礼門J: Shureimon) that stands in front of Shuri Ca… https://t.co/OnFQlcA2Js
Trident Manor Limited @TridentManor - 2020-01-22
Ahead of Japan's Cultural Property Fire Prevention Day, about 100 Buddhist priests & firefighters rehearsed procedu… https://t.co/eEHwEf86DW
Dan Orlowitz @aishiterutokyo - 2020-01-21
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Geoff Osborne @OkinawaOzzy - 2020-01-21
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I love the Shuri… https://t.co/Tx8VlV777k
Kyodo News | Japan @kyodo_english - 2020-01-21
A fire drill is held at the World Heritage-listed #Yakushiji Temple in the western Japan city of #Nara, following a… https://t.co/BpCioUurUH
Lost In Football @LiFJapan - 2020-01-21
@theculturedivis @luke16taylor The image on the front of the shirt is Shuri Castle, which burnt down last year. And… https://t.co/AbLLE7mBYJ
Rob Kajiwara 🧧🍑🐭福 @robkajiwara - 2020-01-21
@teofilusSW However, there is concern that Japan will use the rebuilding of Shuri Castle as a way to deflect attent… https://t.co/c6VZf43vNQ
Rob Kajiwara 🧧🍑🐭福 @robkajiwara - 2020-01-21
@teofilusSW Regarding Shuri Castle, they are continuing to discuss how they will rebuild it and who will cover the… https://t.co/oQl2lJW5V7
Rob Kajiwara 🧧🍑🐭福 @robkajiwara - 2020-01-21
@teofilusSW The JP gov spends $48 billion per year on military, 70% of which is located in Okinawa against the will… https://t.co/awxdkuz7hL
Teofilus Setia Wahyudi @teofilusSW - 2020-01-21
@robkajiwara Btw can you give the honest information about the restoration of Shuri Castle? Because I heard this pr… https://t.co/scAarjq0R5
The Japan Times @japantimes - 2020-01-21
After devastating Shuri Castle fire, World Heritage temple in Nara holds drill https://t.co/g3GTb6iMB2
The Japan Times @japantimes - 2020-01-21
After devastating Shuri Castle fire, World Heritage temple in Nara holds drill https://t.co/zsgc4pEGtL
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Binay17 @Binay171 - 2020-01-20
@yousuck2020 I will donate to Shuri Castle
Kyodo News | Japan @kyodo_english - 2020-01-20
A fire drill is held at the World Heritage-listed #Yakushiji Temple in the western Japan city of #Nara, following a… https://t.co/gV0AoDyuAp
Patricia FLOR @EUAmbJP - 2020-01-20
A fleeting glimpse into the history of #Okinawa, visiting fire-ravaged #Shuri Castle and a local #awamori distiller… https://t.co/xylvpufCPg
RUReady4NSA? 🇺🇸 @RUUnmasked - 2020-01-20
@kyodo_english After the fires at Notre Dame & Shuri Castle, World Heritage building sites should be retrofitted wi… https://t.co/EcDP91ZqQN
The Japan Times @japantimes - 2020-01-20
After devastating Shuri Castle fire, World Heritage temple in Nara holds drill https://t.co/DMbOVz0K89
Tokyo Happenings @TokyoHappenings - 2020-01-20
After devastating Shuri Castle fire, World Heritage temple in Nara holds drill https://t.co/TqERUu9OHv


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