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Shuri Castle

Travel Guide - Shuri Castle

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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)

ClosedClosed

  • 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

TweetsTweets

twintangibles @twintangibles - 2020-04-02
Crowdfunding to rebuild Shuri Castle to end | NHK WORLD-JAPAN News https://t.co/GXSSHaKQCD
Fundraising Ideas @FundraisingIP - 2020-04-01
Crowdfunding to rebuild Shuri Castle to end - NHK WORLD https://t.co/IVSDFM09IC https://t.co/W8rMVDS97N
HistoryPodList @Historypodlist - 2020-04-01
(Samurai Archives)EP161 The 2019 Shuri Castle Fire P1 https://t.co/Mlq7v8Ck0v
Listen History @ListenHistoryFM - 2020-04-01
New episode from 'Samurai Archives Japanese History Podcast': EP161 The 2019 Shuri Castle Fire P1 https://t.co/Ilfm0CJdjQ
Samurai Archives @samuraiarchives - 2020-04-01
SA Japanese History Podcast Episode #161 The 2019 Shuri Castle Fire Part 1 https://t.co/DGnoHWKMpg
Selena @kitsunechan123 - 2020-04-01
Crowdfunding to rebuild Shuri Castle to end | NHK WORLD-JAPAN News

Some good news amidst so much bad news.
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Simon Duncan 🇯🇵 @DuncaninTokyo - 2020-04-01
🏯💰Crowdfunding to rebuild Shuri Castle to end | https://t.co/WMYckzpL74
Travel Japanese App @traveljpapp - 2020-04-01
The Japanese government on Friday decided to restore the gutted Shuri Castle in Okinawa by 2026 after embarking on… https://t.co/ENzwSf8XwL
ゴン @gonnoza - 2020-04-01
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Crowdfunding to rebuild Shuri Castle to end | NHK WORLD-JAPAN News https://t.co/NDCDpI4REb
株式情報市場 @yuria2122 - 2020-04-01
Crowdfunding to rebuild Shuri Castle to end | NHK WORLD-JAPAN News https://t.co/NPDx4a7dTb
田中@みんなカワイイ、それでいいじゃない @night13BBB - 2020-04-01
@randall_kznr Shuri castle,,,
NHK WORLD News @NHKWORLD_News - 2020-03-31
Crowdfunding to rebuild Shuri Castle to end https://t.co/tgTV7rtIE1
bitfirm.co @BitfirmCo - 2020-03-31
Crowdfunding to rebuild Shuri Castle to end https://t.co/64oEIFb7zj
AUNBIZDATA @aunbizdata - 2020-03-30
Japan to completely reconstruct Shuri Castle by 2026

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Agregenpoche @Agregenpoche - 2020-03-30
Japan gov't aims to restore gutted Shuri Castle by 2026 https://t.co/7Y6D2pkdyi
Agregenpoche @Agregenpoche - 2020-03-30
Japan gov't aims to restore gutted Shuri Castle by 2026 https://t.co/7Y6D2pkdyi
lonestar_queen @lonestarqueen - 2020-03-30
Visiting Shuri Castle for the first time. I should’ve come here earlier. 😢 https://t.co/mvu4EgqfgF
Japan Australia @Japan_Australia - 2020-03-29
Great news! The Japanese government on Friday decided it would aim to restore the gutted Shuri Castle in Okinawa by… https://t.co/913WTu0p4Z
Oleg Benesch @OlegBenesch - 2020-03-29
The Japanese government has just announced that they will rebuild Shuri Castle in Okinawa by 2026, with constructio… https://t.co/2XaiqRzCqw
Samurai Archives @samuraiarchives - 2020-03-29
Japan gov't aims to restore gutted Shuri Castle in Okinawa by 2026 - The Mainichi https://t.co/IpNR1f7VmB
Travis Seifman @toranosukev - 2020-03-29
Taiwan is considering providing hinoki (cypress) for the rebuilding of Shuri castle, as they did in 1989-92. 🤞Due t… https://t.co/Vp80rULxqC
Cullen Bird @CullenBird - 2020-03-28
I was so saddened when Shuri Castle burned last October.

And now I'm amazed it didn't have a sprinkler system. https://t.co/4TH0N4sWXu
Dustin @dustinzD - 2020-03-28
@LlSACAT But you’re right about that place being sad. Sad here, sad there. I went to Shuri castle (Hacksaw Ridge -… https://t.co/3pwfnr5rGy
Kyodo News | Japan @kyodo_english - 2020-03-28
#Japan gov't aims to restore gutted Shuri Castle by 2026

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Lino Miani...Unofficial🇺🇸 @MeanLin1 - 2020-03-28
@japantimes Oh no. I didn't know this happened! #ShuriJo #Okinawa

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SNA Japan @ShingetsuNews - 2020-03-28
The national government aims to rebuild Okinawa's Shuri Castle by 2026. The historic castle was destroyed in a fire… https://t.co/UhAaud7VyK
The Japan Times @japantimes - 2020-03-28
Japan government aims to restore Okinawa's gutted Shuri Castle by 2026 https://t.co/pSmZIkOA3z
The Japan Times @japantimes - 2020-03-28
Japan government aims to restore Okinawa's gutted Shuri Castle by 2026 https://t.co/sSvu1ZHNI6
The Mainichi (Japan) @themainichi - 2020-03-28
Japan gov't aims to restore gutted Shuri Castle in Okinawa by 2026
https://t.co/nJWe7GuhfF
JCastle @JCastleinfo - 2020-03-27
Japan gov't aims to restore gutted Shuri Castle by 2026 https://t.co/PvHy0NBBxZ
Kyodo News | Japan @kyodo_english - 2020-03-27
#Japan gov't aims to restore gutted Shuri Castle by 2026

#首里城 #ShuriCastle #Okinawa

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Michael Conti @Michael31093553 - 2020-03-27
The caption on this photograph reads 'The Stars and Stripes on Shuri Castle-Marine Lieutenant Colonel R.P. Ross, Jr… https://t.co/AuqWfyOeju
Michael Conti @Michael31093553 - 2020-03-27
· The caption on this photograph reads 'My Buddy-A Marine comforts a brother Leatherneck who broke down and cried a… https://t.co/YFEe9pLEmN
The Mainichi (Japan) @themainichi - 2020-03-27
Japan gov't aims to restore gutted Shuri Castle in Okinawa by 2026
https://t.co/nJWe7GuhfF
ken-_k-_maki @kenkmaki2 - 2020-03-27
Japan gov't aims to restore gutted Shuri Castle by 2026 https://t.co/P1L0PaIgCF

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