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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


S. J. Pajonas @spajonas - 2019-02-17
Shuri Castle festival Crowning Ceremony Naha at Okinawa Island in Japan https://t.co/ohCtsjxTfL
The Okinawa Memories Initiative @TheGailProject - 2019-02-16
At Shuri Castle, you can enjoy a taste from the past! Sanpin tea and RyuKyu pastries are served in the tea room and… https://t.co/PEdkxcq2lV
Kellyanne Burbage @kellyanne1905 - 2019-02-14
Sharing my reading notebook page. We visited Okinawa in 2005 to see then-Marine son. Shuri Castle, the city of Naha… https://t.co/i7VSJOjYh4
History Lovers Club @historylvrsclub - 2019-02-12
Shuri Castle. https://t.co/71C5lBn1LL
Hirohisa Mikogami @miko0219 - 2019-02-09
Just posted a photo @ Shuri Castle https://t.co/9JEd7UwTnU
Scott Tsuha @Scottie7391 - 2019-02-08
Continuing whith the Shisa photographs, this is the female of the pair that guards one of the gates to Shuri Jo Cas… https://t.co/WUpF9DfH80
Scott Tsuha @Scottie7391 - 2019-02-07
One of 2 Statues of the Shisa pair that gaurd the gates at Shuri Jo Castle.
#canon5dmarkiii #ig_oahu… https://t.co/B2ZOhdnKzC
Dr. Krittibas Ray @DrKrittibas - 2019-02-05
My first job out of grad school was in Japan, as a law professor at the University of the Ryukyus. This distant so… https://t.co/bR2jTHKO76
History Lovers Club @historylvrsclub - 2019-02-05
Shuri Castle. https://t.co/U5IOXF3ZQ9
Isla Davidson @RosySmudge - 2019-02-04
Don’t know the name of the stance but it made a pretty picture at Shuri Castle. (I should really pay attention more… https://t.co/3ZCbTKGqnl
Braswell D. Deen, Jr @deen_jr - 2019-02-03
There was a lot of talk on the plane. We have seen the last of our Pavuvu training camp. We tossed our gas mask, th… https://t.co/5Yyn9GvUfs
History Lovers Club @historylvrsclub - 2019-02-03
Braving Japanese sniper fire, Lt. Col. Richard P. Ross, Jr., commander of 1st Battalion, 1st Marines, places on Ame… https://t.co/HzBB8eNvCz
Braswell D. Deen, Jr @deen_jr - 2019-02-02
Historical writers records reflect, some of the heaviest fighting on Okinawa was at Wana Ridge and Shuri Castle. En… https://t.co/eXb8sJTLiu
Braswell D. Deen, Jr @deen_jr - 2019-02-02
Okinawa had three large cities, from west to east were Naha, the
Capital city, Shuri Castle and Yonabure. K/3/1 was… https://t.co/8p5r1LjtuW
Scott Tsuha @Scottie7391 - 2019-02-02
One of the many gates you pass through on your way to Shuri Jo Castle.
#canon5dmarkiii #ig_oahu #ig_worldclub… https://t.co/E4dgQi1412
Richard White @rwhitecolor - 2019-01-30
A Marine from the 1st Marine Division glances at the corpse of a Japanese soldier while the patrol moves south th… https://t.co/J9mG11VgsH
Lasa🐾ネコリ神信仰😻 @Lasa75962561 - 2019-01-29
✨Ryukyu kingdom shuri Castle✨
🙋🏻‍♂️Welcome to Okinawa #Okinawa #Ryukyu https://t.co/AhOwcV8ZkG
Rob Kajiwara @robkajiwara - 2019-01-29
Historic Shuri Castle in #Okinawa. A major tourist destination. Traditional #Okinawan music is being played, but no… https://t.co/YJyXN963Mj
Scott Tsuha @Scottie7391 - 2019-01-28
Steps leading up to one of the last gates before you enter the courtyard of Shuri Jo Castle.
#canon5dmarkiii… https://t.co/h9CvPgX77v
Seth Rosenblatt @sethr - 2019-01-27
#AdventureHarvey on the run from Shuri Castle guardians. #Okinawa @ Shuri Castle https://t.co/iCrIT2enUV
Scott Tsuha @Scottie7391 - 2019-01-25
This is the first of a few Gates that you must pass through to get to Shuri Jo Castle.
#canon5dmarkiii… https://t.co/55TzALMYHQ
Okinawa Popular Tourist Destination, Shurijo Castle Park and Ocean Expo Park (Where Churaumi Aquarium Exists!) Star… https://t.co/R74OMNO3S9
Thanks Japan.com @thxjpn - 2019-01-22
Is this overseas? ! No, here is one taken in Okinawa, Mihama American Village! Speaking of Okinawa, people may imag… https://t.co/VJUjktrk9g
🌞 @naediniiii - 2019-01-21
Shuri Castle 💕 https://t.co/h4sZjXHapn
Scott Tsuha @Scottie7391 - 2019-01-20
A sitting room in Shuri Jo castle. The colors here are ao rich
#canon5dmarkiii #ig_oahu #ig_worldclub… https://t.co/hOAxrnyO80
Shaun Martineau(FCL)︽✵︽ @ShaunMartineau - 2019-01-20
@GailSimone Captain: Scott Summers
1st Mate: T'Challa
Medic: Rogue
Communications: Jean Grey
Diplomats: Susan Storm… https://t.co/flWkh9ldQb
Alton Brumley @Zamorabynature - 2019-01-19
@pooleejones Be sure and visit the aquarium and shuri castle.
Pukdeesuk @oilengi - 2019-01-19
💃🕺#ตาโหลโอ้โหโอกินาว่า2019 @ Shuri Castle https://t.co/IvW9uvsxE9
Thanks Japan.com @thxjpn - 2019-01-19
Is this overseas? ! No, here is one taken in Okinawa, Mihama American Village! Speaking of Okinawa, people may imag… https://t.co/s5qRVP8PW9
Scott Tsuha @Scottie7391 - 2019-01-16
A shot of the front of Shuri Jo castle.
#canon5dmarkiii #ig_oahu #ig_worldclub #loves_united_life… https://t.co/YbUrspJBJa


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