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Shurijo Castle, Naha

A designated World Heritage Site, Shurijo Castle boasts a long history dating back to the 14th century, when it served as stronghold to the Chuzan polity. Starting in 1429 and for the subsequent 450 years, the castle was headquarters of the Ryukyu Kingdom, before its conversion to barracks for the Japanese army and a Japanese military base during World War II. A US warship destroyed the national treasure, but in the early 1990s a reconstruction restored the edifice. Enter the castle's buildings through a number of gates, including the elaborate red Shureimon gate. Wander through the administrative halls, including the bright interior of the seiden, or main hall. Audio Tours, leaflets, and computers will inform you about the site's history as you take in the brilliant colors and details. Stop for tea and pastries in the onsite tearoom. Put Shurijo Castle into our Naha journey site and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • A friend of mine came here in September this year, so I showed him around Shuri Castle, but unfortunately it was burned down by a fire on October 31. It was fortunate that the top thing was not a World Heritage Site, but it is very regrettable because it was a symbol of Ryukyu for the people of Okinawa. The story of the donation is ahead, but it is not carried away by feelings, and please make sure to confirm who the person you are donating with and what it will be used to do.
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  • Seeing the new news, the fire that brought it to the present, there's still a lot of coke inside the city, standing outside the city, seeing the charred house, and feeling sad.
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  • BEAUTIFUL and full of history. It was being restored but guides are very helpful. Great sites and views of the city. Traditional tea ceremony was worth the price. It was fun completing the map with the stamps. Great gift shops if you're wanting souvenirs.
  • Interesting, great views of Naha city from certain parts of the wall. I was happy that there was generally a suggested route so I didn't feel like I was constantly lost. Also, every staff member was so friendly! Certainly a must-go. If I had to improve something, I would say they should provide old photos and objects to touch for a more interactive experience. Otherwise, walking around the castle was fun, too.
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