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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


Josh Ellis @goteamjoshphoto - 2019-06-26
One of those rare photos of Shuri Castle without a billion tourists blocking the view! Hurrah! 😄… https://t.co/bcKhoD3tAv
Josh Ellis @goteamjoshphoto - 2019-06-25
An Okinawan Shisa (シーサー ) guarding the entrance of Shuri Castle, the former palace of the Ryukyuan Kingdom.… https://t.co/bxhdw7udaC
nora ‎⍟ @P0TTERPARKER - 2019-06-24
marvel character questions

1. peter parker
2. peggy carter
3. vision
4. kamala khan
5. tony stark
6. kilgr*ve 🤢
7.… https://t.co/tvvJdvVPlP
InsideJapan Tours @InsideJapan - 2019-06-23
Shuri Castle, the former residence of several Ryuku kings, was a highlight of @cntraveler's road trip through Okina… https://t.co/x0eFKPjVWf
Zeke @ezekielrising - 2019-06-23
Marvel Character Questions

1. Scott Lang
2. Shuri
3. Tony
4. Eddie Brock
5. Steve
6. Loki
7. Frank Castle
8. Scot… https://t.co/KtQESC6NCO
ky @spacekylock - 2019-06-23
marvel character questions

1. daredevil
2. shuri
3. alexander pierce
4. ned
5. tony stark
7. strang… https://t.co/PFhlgdD3cJ
Braswell D. Deen, Jr @deen_jr - 2019-06-19
On Okinawa around the latter part of May 1945, we were
looking for an American Flag to hang from what was left of
S… https://t.co/kzdRJ8WgbB
Lance @XiLan_Lance - 2019-06-17
Shuri Castle https://t.co/rfW6s3QbZW
Jason Ryer - Zen Strength @JasonRyer - 2019-06-13
Okinawa Shuri Castle https://t.co/4bB5FVhLVJ
Bom อ่านว่า บ-อ-ม @ibombs - 2019-06-11
Shuri Castle 🏯 https://t.co/BU4QA1u19g https://t.co/kCerwKTfs2
azrael coladilla @popazrael - 2019-06-10
This is our 1st stop for our Okinawa,Japan land tour with World Dream cruise. We visited the century old Shuri Cast… https://t.co/4nNwHP9oi2
azrael coladilla @popazrael - 2019-06-10
This is our 1st stop for our Okinawa,Japan land tour with World Dream cruise. We visited the century old Shuri Cast… https://t.co/EFPg5If5iI
仲宗根 riki @riki49461192 - 2019-06-09
Shuri castle https://t.co/su8ykscu1o
Taku Hibino(幼児の城) @youji_no_shiro - 2019-06-05
Shuri Castle.
#okinawa #worldheritage #shuricastle #首里城 #沖縄 #世界遺産 #architecture https://t.co/ebx1MYpu4r
Moberry @OfficialMoberry - 2019-06-04
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Scott Hagan II @jeffreyscott88 - 2019-06-04
After the Battle of Okinawa a Confederate flag was raised over Shuri Castle by a Marine from the self-styled 'Rebel… https://t.co/iATM5xp3Po
Tomoko Kawashima @TomokoKawashimK - 2019-06-04
Shuri Castle, Okinawa https://t.co/CTBNnPNDhY
bakedroid @_bakedroy - 2019-06-03
Shuri Castle https://t.co/IJ1Vm3HPSn
bakedroy @_bakedroy - 2019-06-03
Shuri Castle https://t.co/IJ1Vm3HPSn
まるちーす🍬 @marcheese66 - 2019-06-02
Okinawa Shuri Castle https://t.co/hY5Dg6KUuY
ドン | Dawn 💜 | 華珍 @aubadeaurore - 2019-06-02
First stop! To Shuri Castle. Was distracted along the 10min walk. Also Blue Seal ice cream number 1. This was Okina… https://t.co/wQ3EWo6fEY
Bobby @Cluelesscomedy3 - 2019-06-01
@usmc1940 is their anything that happened on Okinawa on May 31st, 1945. Because I know that Shuri castle was secured the next day
Eduardo Jaimes @eduardoajaimes - 2019-06-01
Living the Oki Life 🌏✌🏼👘

#okinawa #japan #usmc #islandlife #shuricastle #shuri #naha #okirun #okilife @ Shuri Cast… https://t.co/vvDcspRh62
Paige @PaigeTibbles - 2019-05-31
we were all thinking it’s been a while since a castle post.. 🏯😬

#shuricastle#okinawa##japan @ Shuri Castle https://t.co/a0aGtwxPda
Robin Randolph @robinrandolph - 2019-05-31
Any visit to Shuri Castle would not be complete without a walk along the ishidatami michi, or stone-paved path, in… https://t.co/x7OovyLZBe
Robin Randolph @robinrandolph - 2019-05-31
the queen found her castle 👸🏰 @ Shuri Castle https://t.co/3LD0udMTjG
World War II History @thewaryears - 2019-05-31
1945 - Americans take Naha and Shuri Castle on Okinawa.
Yuiko @tap10ca22 - 2019-05-31
Shurijo(Shuri castle). https://t.co/RWCDdHh5zu
Yuiko @tap10ca22 - 2019-05-31
Shurijo(Shuri castle). ② https://t.co/az52RuFNGH
harriet praise @haprababe - 2019-05-31
Before we changed into the kimono 👘 at shuri castle! Had to bring the African sauce with some Italian carbonara 😜… https://t.co/oMQHzLjiMD
Buck Miller (1921-2018) @usmc1940 - 2019-05-30
#OnThisDay 1945 Lt. Col. Richard Ross, Battalion Commander of 1st Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment braves sniper fire… https://t.co/I63fnFsgBT


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