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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


BSU Japanese Language Society @BSUJapLanSoc - 2019-04-20
Today, we're finishing off our Okinawa Prefecture spotlight with a visit to Shuri Castle in Shuri, Naha. Formerly t… https://t.co/JeHVHfeW3t
Burhannudin @abicendekia - 2019-04-20
Being nomadic is an (early)scientist-type-of-living, and yet leaving one place does not mean loosing one’s identity… https://t.co/KSPtz4mZuO
BalkanJames @BalkanJames - 2019-04-18
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Carole @lugiastrikes - 2019-04-18
I was traveling with my mother in Okinawa so I mostly took her to shopping (she’s not that interested in sightseein… https://t.co/OdCSDTYouM
Karate Obsession @nmlegel - 2019-04-18
Geoff and I posing in front of Shurijo (Shuri castle) #karate #shorinryu #shorinkan #okinawankarate… https://t.co/OsXFbAaFLU
Lex Garcia @UmiAzuma - 2019-04-18
Stop shipping Tony with Peter, stop shipping Bucky with Shuri AND STOP SHIPPING FRANK CASTLE WITH AMY OMG THOSE ARE… https://t.co/8kYLzUzUnN
Ross Cable @RossWCable - 2019-04-18
#battle of #okinawa #ww2 Methodist church near Shuri Castle as seen today. #adfa cadets on tour. ww2nowandthen adfa… https://t.co/nNG0rk1ZnS
Loren Henmi @thelordsofdeath - 2019-04-17
I forgot to post this a cpl years ago. The elusive 2000 Yen bill...they give them out as change at Shuri Castle gi… https://t.co/1KhEtVoxgT
Benjamin Moriniere @BenMoriniere - 2019-04-16
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At Shuri Castle wi… https://t.co/d57LD6cA4I
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Shuri Castle
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Scott Tsuha @Scottie7391 - 2019-04-15
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Shawn 💛🌿🌻 @scentedGhost - 2019-04-15
Entrance of Shuri Castle. A palace of the Ryuku Kingdom ruled by an Emperor from 1429 - 1879. https://t.co/a2mgQTVhPC
UHM Library Okinawa Collection @UHMLibOkinawa - 2019-04-15
🖼️ The exhibition of the Ryukyu Kingdom's secret treasures at the Shuri Castle from April 12 to July 3.… https://t.co/wTcsTgTRWO
Benjamin Moriniere @BenMoriniere - 2019-04-14
My Beautiful Okinawa, Japan from the King's point-of-view.

Have you ever walked where king's have walked? What a… https://t.co/btiIlhmWYz
Benjamin Moriniere @BenMoriniere - 2019-04-14
Shuri-jo castle for the win. if you haven't been there in awhile, then you should visit again. They have added a l… https://t.co/3t9pkSYPO2
tanpopo @tanpopo5 - 2019-04-14
I found a new spot in the Shuri Castle. #okinawa #shuricastle @ Shuri Castle https://t.co/E2boQtecNH
Ross Cable @RossWCable - 2019-04-13
#ADFA trainee officers survey the entire #battlefield from a single point - Shuri Castle. HQ Japanese 10th Army; de… https://t.co/Wt0lZteXvq
Jonas Barle @resident1 - 2019-04-11
Checking in the #shuricastle 👹🎏⛩🏯 @ Shuri Castle https://t.co/DJdnrPkQ4k
Travel Blog of MAIGO @maigo_travel_e - 2019-04-11
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Karate Obsession @nmlegel - 2019-04-10
I got the chance to explore Shurijo (Shuri Castle) yesterday. It is much more impressive than pictures can express!… https://t.co/f4kcVxc8kW
Steven Franz @FranzKarate - 2019-04-07
Shuri Castle Okinawa...birth place of our Karate heritage. @ Shuri Castle https://t.co/bavyLRVcDM
Y a n e e n u t M. @yataganLK - 2019-04-07
⛩ @ Shuri Castle https://t.co/69v2gVWSV8
David Mitsushi Hiura @TheOC011 - 2019-04-06
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Scott Tsuha @Scottie7391 - 2019-04-04
This is a model mockup of how people would have been set up in the court yard of Shuri Jo Castle.
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Brian Kern @Jammer1169 - 2019-04-03
Everyone knows the immortal Flag Raising on Iwo Jima... Does anyone know that this photo was the attempt to re-crea… https://t.co/H4wuMulxWO
YABAI @yabaimedia - 2019-04-02
Shuri Castle: The Palace of the Ryukyu Kingdom | YABAI - The Modern, Vibrant Face of Japan… https://t.co/aq9Q4RR9ZV
zoomingjapan @zoomingjapan - 2019-03-31
@DownloadAngel Oh yes, I love Shuri Castle. :) I would have included a few other castles in that list and throw out a few others, though. :)
Nambi The Happy Bear @Nambi_HappyBear - 2019-03-30
I am sitting here to enjoy the tea in the castle grounds! It's a must-do experience at Shuri Castle in Okinawa. The… https://t.co/RjCnMNCsz0
Nambi The Happy Bear @Nambi_HappyBear - 2019-03-30
The Shuri Castle is amazing.... <3 https://t.co/S5meb6H4tw
Nambi The Happy Bear @Nambi_HappyBear - 2019-03-28
If you are interested in stamp collecting rally, there are a lot of stamps around Shuri Castle. You can pick up thi… https://t.co/o9lUiwgyRM
Tenshi no Yume @DownloadAngel - 2019-03-28
@zoomingjapan I think the Shuri Castle is a really nice castle. I was there 2 weeks ago and the landscape and flora… https://t.co/P1mzbEC2Zz
maría @buckynpayne - 2019-03-27
i imagined okoye seeing tchalla fall and going back to the castle to find shuri, but finding she was snapped too


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