Shurijo Castle
Shurijo Castle
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Historic Walking Areas • Castles
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8:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 6:30 PM
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Malcolm_See
Singapore, Singapore584 contributions
Feb 2020
The main part of the castle was burnt down in a fire last year, and it will probably take some time before everything is back up again. For now, it was mainly the outer walls which are available for viewing and the garden area within the castle. Nothing really much to experience, but at least it was completely free at the moment. Not many signage or brochures to explain about the fire or history of the place, which was a let-down.

The castle restaurant was open, and provided pretty good value for money food, although the food wasn’t anything to wow at. Service was pretty fast, and food was quickly served almost instantaneously after ordering.
Written March 7, 2020
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ESHKM
Iowa City, IA75 contributions
Dec 2019
It's 110% worthwhile to visit the castle ground now, although the main castle is burned down. It was painful to see the damage, but in a big picture, this is one example of how history evolves. I believe it was meaningful for our kids to see the site as well.

It's completely free (though you do need to pay parking, if you are driving), and all the shops and the restaurant are open.

From a purely logistic standpoint, you have less crowd to fight through. There usually is a line to get dressed in the traditional Okinawan costume to get your picture taken at Shurei Mon (the famous gate that appears on 2000 yen bills), but there was no line when we visited. I think the cost was about 1000 yen per person, if I remember correctly. Shurei Mon is located at the beginning of the route, away from the fire-damaged area. Also, you actually get to appreciate the rest of the castle ground (greens, gates, etc) better.
Written January 10, 2020
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Niameow
Canada252 contributions
Feb 2020
I was not sure what was left after the fire, but I decided to check it, and I am glad I did. Although the main castle part was closed off, I could still explore other areas, and stone works I could see were amazing. It had a nice view of the city. If you are on the fence like I was, I would highly recommend you to still visit the castle. Some areas are free while some area charges for entrance fees (I believe 300 yen or so, so it is very reasonable).
Written February 27, 2020
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Zimminaroundtheworld
Okinawa Prefecture, Japan1,810 contributions
May 2021
Yes, the main buildings at Shurijo Castle have burnt down and there are efforts to clean the area up and start construction again. Although most buildings are no longer here, I feel the castle area is worth a visit. The walls are still in tact as are some structures. It will be many years before the project is complete. This castle has burnt down many times and has rebuilt so it will be fascinating again once it's up and running. You can still walk the grounds although a lot of places are currently blocked off. There are a lot of historic markers worth reading, I learned a lot. After visiting the castle, I walked the park across from it and explored the surrounding area. I feel if you are in Okinawa, might as well visit even if it is not in full swing. I went and really enjoyed my visit here.
Written May 8, 2021
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okinawa1953
Honolulu, HI31 contributions
Aug 2019
I went to okinawa just about every year, and in 2019 twice, july and november. The last time I went to shuri castle was in 2018, after that in 2019 because of electrical malfunctions fire destroyed most all of the buildings specially the main one. But, they are trying to rebuild little by little just like in the past.
Written July 19, 2020
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sheyda_sweden
Yokohama, Japan80 contributions
Feb 2020 • Solo
Even though a little part of it had burdened down still there are MORE other historical things to see at the site. Unfortunately everybody talk about the lost (which make you do NOT wanting to go) forgotten that there is other important, historical and beautiful building at castle area worth visiting. I was smart enough to know this and are very glad to say that I went there and didn't let myself get talk out it.
Written February 26, 2020
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ARice
Cocoa Beach, FL16 contributions
Oct 2019 • Couples
We were told this was a must do on our list of places to go in my husbands heritage country and we were not disappointed!
This is an amazing castle with an extraordinary story. There is so much culture and history in this place. We thought it was so crazy that they rebuilt this castle twice after fires destroyed it and they have clear floors in certain areas to show the remains.
After returning home to the states a week later, we learned that it burned down again. This brought tears to our eyes! So glad we got to see it and hope they rebuild it again!
Written January 4, 2020
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Inti A
Toronto, Canada28 contributions
Dec 2019
Shuri Castle in Shuri, Okinawa Prefecture, Japan. Between 1429 and 1879, it was the palace of the Ryukyu Kingdom, before becoming largely neglected. In 1945, during the Battle of Okinawa, it was almost completely destroyed. After the war, the castle was re-purposed as a university campus. Beginning in 1992, the central citadel and walls were largely reconstructed on the original site based on historical records, photographs, and memory. On the morning of 31 October 2019, the main courtyard structures of the castle were again destroyed in a fire. We saw the castle in a ruined state but hopefully when restored, I will see it at it's beauty.
Written January 24, 2020
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hweeying
Johor Bahru, Malaysia4,444 contributions
Jul 2019 • Family
Last year we travelled to Okinawa during summer season for 6 days trip. Love this castle so much especially the outlook. It is so much different from the other castle in Japan. Elegant and fascinating castle.
Visited on June 2019.
Written June 29, 2020
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TokyoExpat2020
Nerima, Japan96 contributions
Mar 2020 • Friends
Shurijo Castle is a must see in Okinawa. Easily accessible by taxi or monorail. Free entry. Part of castle burnt last year and undergoing renovations, but still lots to see and many photo worthy vistas. Much history and period architecture along with lush botanical gardens and some wildlife ex. ducks, koi fish, egrets, birds and the occasional snake. Again you must visit Shurijo castle while In Okinawa.
Written March 23, 2020
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