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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


Dr. George Yagi Jr. @gyagi_jr - 2019-08-20
A glimpse inside Shuri Castle today. #ShuriCastle #Shuri #Castle #Japan #Japanese #Okinawa #Okinawan https://t.co/yal4LQSGsc
Dr. George Yagi Jr. @gyagi_jr - 2019-08-20
During the Second World War, Shuri Castle played a major role during the Battle of Okinawa. #WW2 #WWII #WorldWarII… https://t.co/HwSpaQOfmi
Shinobi Wan Kenobi @Dougie_Com - 2019-08-19
The natural beauty of Okinawa. Warning, there is a giant f*cking spider toward the end. #travel #photography… https://t.co/5QIgeXZuzC
Davey Young @SecondUtensil - 2019-08-18
The Shuri area of Naha, Okinawa finally has a brewpub (& roastery), basically adjacent to the castle. Wolfbräu open… https://t.co/RallwOP1z0
Krizel ❤ @krizelg18 - 2019-08-18
Went to Shuri castle today and was able to wear bingata! 👘😍👍🏼 Shuri castle was built in 1300s and it was where the… https://t.co/b8RqL34yFy
The Good Sir Knight @LordGSK - 2019-08-18
@thetenthart I often wish they would rebuild all the old castles back up to their former glory. The ruins are cool,… https://t.co/rVgIHCoC2J
TheTravelIntern @thetravelintern - 2019-08-15
The Queen has arrived 👸🏻

Long before present day Okinawa, the island was ruled by the Ryukyu Kingdom. Shuri Castl… https://t.co/iyyT8IbU1O
SEBASTIAN @Gre8DaneBrigade - 2019-08-14
the first American flag to fly over the Japanese fortress at Shuri Castle during the World War battle of Okinawa wa… https://t.co/RNzBHO0SLU
Lore Castle 🏰 @lore_castle - 2019-08-13
Finally added Shuri to the Black Panther group, a nice set for a great movie. https://t.co/ckUwYiRRQm
ραιит* @PaintiePaint - 2019-08-12
#Okinawa @ Shuri Castle https://t.co/vUMgXOt39T
bérangère @berangere444 - 2019-08-10
third comm. by arakaki tsutomu about the excavations around bifukumon in shuri castle. they got a part of the stair… https://t.co/L0ojSU8nDF
𝓛𝓮𝓪𝓱 @leahleah83 - 2019-08-07
@thedawnchang Oo, sarap talaga. Try also to wear royal ryusuo kimono 👘 and visit castle ruins. Pinaka popular yung… https://t.co/mfQLiep2QC
japan-pokeshop-ebay @anime_japan_VIP - 2019-08-06
Check out Pikachu Pokemon Okinawa Limited Pin Badge Shuri Castle Ver Nintendo Rare JAPAN #Nintendo https://t.co/wiNt8PgZPz via @eBay
Mette @MetteMedicine - 2019-08-05
This is Shuri Castle on Okinawa. Sadly it was raining, but that didn't dampen our spirit! https://t.co/dC1NW3wzi1
鞠 愛 @mari_424_nu - 2019-08-05
Okinawa three day.

Shuri Castle.

Valley of Gangara.

#沖縄 #沖縄旅行 #いいね返し https://t.co/iuLHBAxWAI
鞠 愛 @mari_424_nu - 2019-08-05
Okinawa three day.

Shuri Castle.

Valley of Gangara.

#沖縄 #沖縄旅行 #いいね返し https://t.co/iuLHBAxWAI
Lore Castle 🏰 @lore_castle - 2019-08-04
I was looking at my Marvel Legends Black Panther figures today, taking some pics (I still need Shuri ), & I noticed… https://t.co/XYEID0gg65
Mad Gaijin |Travel Blogger ✈️📸🗺️| @GaijinMad - 2019-08-04
My last entry about Asia...Next up will be about Australia.
[2016.09.09] Day 66: Shuri Castle.… https://t.co/glW9UHbTRY
erniesbudolab @erniesbudolab - 2019-07-30
Outside of Shurijo. @ Shuri Castle https://t.co/v42yQ0lx2A
erniesbudolab @erniesbudolab - 2019-07-30
Went sightseeing at Shurijo in Okinawa with the bushikankaratedojo and the MKKI members. @ Shuri Castle https://t.co/vuXYD9kx3E
𝑱𝒆 𝒕’𝒂𝒊𝒎𝒆♥ @chertams - 2019-07-26
Collect stamps and get a souvenir.📍
Mission Completed✅
#CACTxOkinawa @ Shuri Castle https://t.co/3sopPEgRRt
The Wayfarer @BPTheGreat1982 - 2019-07-25
Just posted a photo @ Shuri Castle https://t.co/0LWSaVCuka
The Wayfarer @BPTheGreat1982 - 2019-07-25
Just posted a photo @ Shuri Castle https://t.co/fvtAPc7sCR
ao_coolma @ao_coolma - 2019-07-25
Okinawa / Shuri Castle
#okinawa #shuricastle #japan #island #instamood #instagood #photooftheday #pictureoftheday… https://t.co/J64FzFkV8j
ao_coolma @ao_coolma - 2019-07-24
Okinawa / Shuri Castle a world Heritage
#okinawa #shuricastle #japan #island #instamood #instagood… https://t.co/xAUpl7QVuj
Arekkz @Arekkz - 2019-07-23
Last day was Shuri castle. I walked for an hour up VERY steep hills, in 95% humidity to get here. Not my brightest… https://t.co/sqsXSMNGs8
Arekkz @Arekkz - 2019-07-23
Last day was Shuri castle. I walked for an hour up VERY steep hills, in 95% humidity to get here. Not my brightest… https://t.co/sqsXSMNGs8
Stacey Abdella @staceyabd - 2019-07-23
Shuri Castle is stunning 😍❤️. We arrived at 8am Sunday for the gate opening ceremony and spent 7 hrs walking the ca… https://t.co/wX7mjAQ3kv
Christina Tan @sassychris1 - 2019-07-22
Are you more into culture or sightseeing on your travels?
A city district of Naha today, Shuri is the name of the… https://t.co/HexRsOctKf
John Evan Polley @johnpolley1 - 2019-07-21
Hacksaw Ridge And Shuri Castle WWII Battle Sites – Okinawa, Japan https://t.co/3j5Zs0vD3t https://t.co/7oiqKu8kWJ


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