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Shurijo Castle, Naha

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#1 of 204 in Historic Sites in Okinawa Prefecture
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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. PutShurijo 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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  • 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... 
    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...  more »
  • The castle was burned last year then there is nothing to see there now, so if you go there you will lose your time. 
    The castle was burned last year then there is nothing to see there now, so if you go there you will lose your time.  more »
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  • Great i fought with mr Miyagi here cant say who won
  • One of the most beautiful places I have ever seen. It was being still remodeled in 2010 when I visited; nothing beats the lush smell of the ocean and flowers when you wake, the smell of curries, and the taste of house made peach sake at Pizza in The Sky restaurant. It makes me miss it so; I hope to return one day. The history and culture of the Okinawans, and their part in helping the world is unparalleled, unbeknownst to the many Americans I met there, and often ignored by mainland Japan as a tourist spot. Much in the same way Americans treat Hawaii and its' traditions. Its purity has been tainted by war and occupation, but they are strong, fierce, and endlessly amazing in the face of misinformed people. Okinawa is full of some of the kindest, most understanding, and happy people I've met in my life. There is so much to learn about this unique place that I can only describe as heaven on earth. The pristine beaches and ocean, with all of its creatures, the salt air, the kindness that Okinawans show even to obnoxious people who come to be a tourist. Soak up the vast and vivacious ocean view at one of the largest aquariums, swim in the sea (watch those box jellies (box jellyfish) 👀, they are very toxic) and eat fresh, local food. You might even hear a little bird chirping... That's for their crosswalks 😊 or the garbage disposal service that plays songs as it goes through the little villages. Okinawa is a treasure, don't spoil it... Swim into in her incandescent waters and surround yourself with the majesty that this place offers.

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