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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


Nausea ✠ @LiquorSlickdHwy - 2020-07-03
Marines hunting a Japanese sniper in the ruins of Shuri Castle, Okinawa (1945) https://t.co/qmGqWhevSw
A Hobbit @Hobbit_Opinions - 2020-07-02
@Ranting_Monkey @TheJackCochran I’ll have to dig out my pics of the caves. Shuri Castle was where Okinawans rulers… https://t.co/l2hudlY4zS
Through History @Silence7291 - 2020-07-02
US Marine Lieutenant Colonel R. P. Ross, Jr. raising an US flag over Shuri castle on Okinawa, Japan, 29 May 1945.… https://t.co/Wy91i9Fwmx
Ni$$Y @DJNiSSY_JPN - 2020-06-30
The ruins of the burnt-out Shuri Castle Shoden.
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History of Astronomy @HistAstro - 2020-06-28
18thC Japanese (Shuri castle, Okinawa) center stone forming a space and time diagram to give a certain magical powe… https://t.co/Cl0jRY5kjZ
3d paper toys @3dpapertoys - 2020-06-27
How to make Shuri Castle, Japan with paper | 3D Paper Toys | Creative Pa... https://t.co/W3DhEH5ISy via @YouTube
Kimra Iron @IronKimra - 2020-06-27
Witness to Battle of Okinawa awaits rebuilding of castle of peace | The Japan Times https://t.co/PgeEMHJe5q
Okinawanderer @okinawanderer - 2020-06-27
Yay! Received this!!

We will have an own Shuri Castle soon!

Still available to get it at online shopping!… https://t.co/fcIIJamO06
Stars and Stripes @starsandstripes - 2020-06-27
OKINAWA TRAVEL | Shuri Castle, often described as Okinawa’s heart and soul, caught fire on Oct. 31. On June 12, por… https://t.co/NxYunUjTCs
The Japan Times @japantimes - 2020-06-27
Witness to Battle of Okinawa awaits rebuilding of castle of peace https://t.co/CbIc6baD7q
kris(ty) 😷 @zenitramsirk - 2020-06-27
@GaryTomson5 I have 2 unit pictures in front of Shuri Castle. ❤️ '96 & '97.
kris(ty) 😷 @zenitramsirk - 2020-06-27
@GaryTomson5 I have 2 unit pictures in front of Shuri Castle. ❤️ '96 & '97.
Andy Vermaut @AndyVermaut - 2020-06-26
Witness to Battle of Okinawa awaits rebuilding of castle of peace https://t.co/k94gnZYNBk https://t.co/adQAEBdLJT
Kentaro Abe @abekentaro - 2020-06-26
Witness to Battle of Okinawa awaits rebuilding of castle of peace | The Japan Times #SmartNews https://t.co/YiKzjNr4YY
MimicJapan @MimicJapan - 2020-06-26
[Sad news] Hezumari, crossing the line that should not be crossed, and ruined the message that hopes to rebuild Shu… https://t.co/0CwffhtruT
Tarama Taruhei @menghu_nankuru - 2020-06-26
Assessing the damage.
Shuri Castle reopens, revealing 2019 fire destruction.
※6/26/2020, Stars and Stripes… https://t.co/u0UO7L8eRr
slayer candidate of FUG. @Rooseve41325159 - 2020-06-26
@Fastdog4Dog @dearapriII I didn't miss your point, I added to it.
Like i said if you ca. Upgrade from a castle to… https://t.co/JaQ7gAfzNO
slayer candidate of FUG. @Rooseve41325159 - 2020-06-26
@Fastdog4Dog @dearapriII Yeah, its just smart thinking. If the person using legos didn't build the castle but inste… https://t.co/lSqMUqbKlf
Evie @EvelineStonem - 2020-06-24
@MaisonOrleans Shuri is my hero. *nods* ONLY THE AVATAR. MASTER OF ALL..... *paaaauses* Um.... what fire demon from… https://t.co/8ypFzLjGfM
Jermaine Maison Orléans @MaisonOrleans - 2020-06-24
@EvelineStonem *snorts* I don't know, if you're going to go for a hot Superhero movie character, it's Shuri. She's… https://t.co/7hMvORcICn
Dr. George Yagi Jr. @gyagi_jr - 2020-06-23
A glimpse of some of the fortifications surrounding Shuri Castle. These would have been used during the fighting t… https://t.co/UMO9KEK6zL
Dr. George Yagi Jr. @gyagi_jr - 2020-06-23
A view of the gardens at Shuri Castle. #ShuriCastle #Okinawa #Okinawan #Japan #Japanese #Castle #Garden https://t.co/Vkd7o2qw2O
Dr. George Yagi Jr. @gyagi_jr - 2020-06-23
During the closing days of the Second World War, Japanese troops were fighting against an invasion from these ancie… https://t.co/7G9zh43oTM
Dr. George Yagi Jr. @gyagi_jr - 2020-06-23
From the 15th century up through the 19th century, Shuri Castle was the official residence of the Royal Family of O… https://t.co/aXLRFWGcc1
Dr. George Yagi Jr. @gyagi_jr - 2020-06-23
Nearby Shuri Castle is Shikina-en, a royal garden built in 1799, which blends elements of Okinawan and Chinese cult… https://t.co/ft15qpjwcf
Dr. George Yagi Jr. @gyagi_jr - 2020-06-23
One of the gates at Shuri Castle. #Okinawa #Okinawan #ShuriCastle #Japanese #Japan https://t.co/avfN9iKk5v
Dr. George Yagi Jr. @gyagi_jr - 2020-06-23
One of the gates leading inside Shuri Castle. #ShuriCastle #Okinawa #Okinawan #Japan #Japanese #Castle https://t.co/Y95BkJZgPd
Dr. George Yagi Jr. @gyagi_jr - 2020-06-23
One of the gates leading into the inner yard of Shuri Castle. #Okinawa #ShuriCastle #Japan #Japanese #Okinawan… https://t.co/gjqDvjsePk
nippon.com/ja @nippon_ja - 2020-06-23
Man Who Grew Up Seeing Shuri Castle Waits for Reconstruction https://t.co/Nr1YCUOfzb
shojishingo2009 @shingoshoji2 - 2020-06-23
It is the scenery of the burnt ruins of Shuri Castle in #Okinawa. There was the main hall on the right side of the… https://t.co/69v1ewChlV


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