Shuri Castle was originally built in the late 1300s by King Satto, who ruled here. For many years, it was used as a castle of the kings of Ryukyu.
This castle played an integral role in the political unification of the island. But in 1945, during the battle of Okinawa, everything in the castle was destroyed and reconstructed in 1992.
The castle is also included as one of the UNESCO World Heritage designated Castles of the Ryukyu Kingdom sites.
Before passing into the castle's central building, visitors will pass through multiple gates and it includes the well known Shureimon Gate that was built in the 16th century, Along the way stands the castle's main hall, Seiden. It is said to be a landmark of Okinawa.
After Seiden is the Una Plaza that's just infront of Seiden. It has a south side building known as Nanden and north side known as Hokuden. Both are venues to welcome the castle's visitors.
By bus, from Shuri Station on the Okinawa Monorail, take bus number 7 or 8 and get off at Shurijo-mae.
Another option is the one way trip for 15 to 20 minutes. Just take bus number 1 direcly from central Naha to Shuri Castle.
The castle opens at 8:30 to 19:00 from December to March and until 20:00 from July to September. Admission ends 30 minutes before closing.
It is closed only on the first Wednesday and Thursday of July.
Admission fee is 820 Yen.
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