Shurijo Castle Park
A breathtaking castle and symbol of Okinawan history and culture on the path to reconstruction.
Castle, Public Park
Shurijo is a proud Okinawan icon whose brightly-painted vermillion walls also make it the only red castle in Japan.
The castle served as the esteemed seat of politics, trade and culture for the Ryukyu Kingdom that existed during the 450 years between 1429 and 1879.
It sits atop the hill overlooking Naha City, surrounded by curving walls.
The castle was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2000 for the rich culture and history visible in its unique stone-masonry and construction, which fuses both Chinese and Japanese architectural influences.
Unfortunately, Shurijo was ravaged in a fire in 2019, causing 8 of the castle buildings to burn down. Many people wept at the devastation, but support from Japan and around the world allowed the beginning of restoration and reconstruction efforts that are now underway. Part of the grounds were reopened with admissions rates as of June 2020.
A strikingly beautiful castle and symbol of Okinawa.
Registered UNESCO World Heritage Site.
While currently under reconstruction, visitor access is still available.
Many restaurants and souvenir shops nearby.
There is a free audio guide app for phones. (Japanese, English and Chinese available)
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- Name in Japanese
- Postal Code
- 1-2 Kinjo-cho, Shuri, Naha City, Okinawa
- On the first Wednesday and the following day in July.
- Business Hours
Admission Free Areas: 8:30am-6:00pm
Paid Admission Areas 9:00am-5:30pm (Last admission 5:00pm)
- Admission(Paid Area)
- Adult 400yen, High School Student 300yen, Elementary/Jr. High School Student 160yen, Aged 6 & Younger Free
(1) Approx. 25 min. drive from Naha Airport
(2) Approx. 15 min. walk from Shuri Station on the Okinawa Urban Monorail (Yui Rail)
- Official Website
- Official Website (English)