Shurijo Castle Park

A breathtaking castle and symbol of Okinawan history and culture on the path to reconstruction.

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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.

Highlights

  • 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)

Videos

Photos

  • Shurijo Castle prior to the devastating fire.

    Shurijo Castle prior to the devastating fire.

  • Shurijo Castle prior to the devastating fire.

    Shurijo Castle prior to the devastating fire.

  • Shureimon Gate

    Shureimon Gate

  • Kankaimon Gate

    Kankaimon Gate

  • Shurijo Castle after the 2019 fire.

    Shurijo Castle after the 2019 fire.

  • View from Shurijo castle.

    View from Shurijo castle.

Reviews

3
  • 鄭品儒

    有名的世界遺產來到沖繩都會去參觀,從上面看下去的風景很不錯。

  • 醉貓

    還沒發生火災前曾經去造訪過,是沖繩很重要的一個景點,守里城規劃很完善,面積佔地很大,整個逛完要花兩到三個小時。

  • 陳敏敏

    沖繩的必訪景點,很可惜的一場大火將它毁於一旦,現在已進入重建中,希望能盡快恢復原有樣貌。

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Details

Name in Japanese
首里城公園
Postal Code
903-0815
Address
1-2 Kinjo-cho, Shuri, Naha City, Okinawa
Tel
098-886-2020
Closed
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
Access
(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)