Shuri Castle was the historic centre of the Ryukyu Kingdom that establish in year 1429 when Shobashi unified the Ryukyu. It served as a political, economic and cultural centre until the collapse of the Ryukyu Kingdom in 1879.
Shuri Castle was originally built in the mid to late 14th century. It was rebuilt in 1992 after the several times of fire destroyed and was the centrepiece of Shuri Castle Park, and UNESCO officially inscribed the Ryukyu Kingdom Castles and Related Properties, including the Shuri Castle site, on its World Heritage List in year 2000.
In 2019, a major fire broke out again in Shuri Castle. Seven buildings were completely destroyed and the Japanese government said he will do its utmost to rebuild the castle.
This is the Shureimon Gate for getting in Shuri Castle.
The next gate will be Kankaimon gate.
The third gate that need to pass is Zuisenmon gate.
From here, need to pay an admission fee of 400 yen.
These debris is the remnants of a 2019 fire.
Breathtaking view from the top of the building!
Observation deck for visitors to look the scenery view from here.
The stone wall and brick design look unique.
Gajumaru tree(Banyan tree) looks gorgeous with their super growing roots that hang around on them.
Shishi dog (Okinawa guardian lion statue) protects the Shuri Castle. They mainly serve to protect houses and ward off evil spirits, and are installed in many houses in Okinawa.
Shuri Castle tour in YouTube
Location: 1 Chome-2 Shurikinjocho, Naha, Okinawa 903-0815, Japan
Operating hours: 8.30am to 6pm
Entrance fee: 400 JPY (Adult)