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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


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zakka @zakka - 2020-09-29
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NPR Ebooks @npr_ebooks - 2020-09-28
Shuri Castle in Japan says it saw the challenges it takes to be looking back at our game This….
Travis Seifman @toranosukev - 2020-09-25
Shuri castle was besieged by samurai forces in 1609, threatened by force by Commodore Perry in 1853-1854, seized wi… https://t.co/cWY5vBbntr
Travis Seifman @toranosukev - 2020-09-25
The University of the Ryukyus was relocated from Shuri to its current location in Nishihara (north and east of Shur… https://t.co/10HyzfT528
Banshee Moth @Banshee_Moth - 2020-09-24
Shuri Castle replica I went to before it got burned down last last. 😢😢😢 #Travel #okinawa #Castle https://t.co/8Lxqw59q7F
Travis Seifman @toranosukev - 2020-09-24
'Today, the form of Shuri castle, destroyed by war and by the est. of University of the Ryukyus, cannot be seen no… https://t.co/zWNXsQXs5S
Travis Seifman @toranosukev - 2020-09-24
Above: Shuri castle, my own photo, taken on Mid-Autumn Festival in 2016.

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Travis Seifman @toranosukev - 2020-09-24
Finally getting around to reading the special issue of Okinawa Graph I picked up some months ago, reprinting many a… https://t.co/uHuCqSS0ib
Travis Seifman @toranosukev - 2020-09-24
The play tells the story of the 1879 surrender of Shuri castle to Imperial Japanese authorities, when the Ryukyu Ki… https://t.co/OVQIW03iqp
Travis Seifman @toranosukev - 2020-09-24
The special issue opens with a very brief article by Yamazato Eikichi 山里永吉, originally published in Feb 1962, about… https://t.co/wXC97MwlPX
Travis Seifman @toranosukev - 2020-09-24
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Henri (Ghost of Avis) - "Man of Great Mystery" @HVeblan - 2020-09-23
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Henri (Ghost of Avis) aka The Gallaecian @HVeblan - 2020-09-23
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Katrin Meinke @Katrinnekochan - 2020-09-23
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Travis Seifman @toranosukev - 2020-09-20
Naha, Okinawa. Certainly, Shuri castle or other more historical/cultural sights do make me smile, but it's just the… https://t.co/WYe7qN8MVV
DeeCee Q @DeeceeQuay - 2020-09-18
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日本のために @new_age_japan - 2020-09-16
Fire engulfs 600-year-old World Heritage castle in Japan - South China Morning Post https://t.co/7IcH9Vhk2S https://t.co/0lvZHB5oZh
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@steelmuslim The photo in the bottom right is not Japan, but Ryukyu's Shuri Castle, which Japan militarily fortifie… https://t.co/vc61LriVBs
Temür @steelmuslim - 2020-09-12
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CJ Ives Lopez @cjiveslopez - 2020-09-11
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Anglo Confucius @YanHui89767430 - 2020-09-10
Shuri Castle (首里城 Okinawan Sui Gushiku), was a Ryukyuan gusuku castle between 1429 and 1879, it was the palace of t… https://t.co/PFFG58HpGx
Travis Seifman @toranosukev - 2020-09-10
@anjin_miura @ozAntinnippon 百浦添御殿 Momourasoe udun - an alternate name for the 'main hall' (Seiden 正殿) of Shuri cast… https://t.co/2QxhuELsg1
Gracechan Admirer @GraceChan1914 - 2020-09-07
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Xin Li 欣立 @xinli29288 - 2020-09-04
Japan artist Gackt donates $44K to help rebuild Okinawa's Shuri Castle - The Mainichi https://t.co/BRDC6hQ10x
seasonal powflip @Powflip - 2020-09-03
Memories of my visit to Shuri Castle. I took many close ups for reference, which I never posted before. https://t.co/TFvUrRuOsj
SaveOurOkinawa @saveourokinawa - 2020-09-02
Japan artist #Gackt donates $44K to help rebuild #Okinawa's #Shuri Castle - The Mainichi https://t.co/y0jm69fneJ
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沖縄県特命推進課 @okinawa_SMpref - 2020-09-02
Launched an Official Website to Share your Heart or Expereince to the Shurijo Castle
World Heritage site of 'Gusuku… https://t.co/icAFnkmaAv
All About Japan @AllAbout_Japan - 2020-09-01
For the first time ever, TV camera crews went into a former army headquarter that lies beneath Shuri Castle in Okin… https://t.co/QnBuO2V22x


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