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Shuri Castle

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Shuri Castle

The Shuri Castle is among the five “Gusuku Sites” to the Gusuku Sites and Related Properties of the Kingdom of Ryukyu, a designated UNESCO World Heritage Castle Site of Okinawa still standing to this day. Although the former residence and center of power of the Ryukyu Kingdom was reconstructed in 1992, having been destroyed multiple times by warfare and fire, stands today as both a landmark and the most visited tourist location in Okinawa. While walking towards the hilltop castle grounds, visitors will travel through multiple castle gates including the famous Shureimon Gate, which features Chinese architectural traits. The lavishly decorated main hall of this complex features vibrant colors different to the feudal castles on mainland Japan. Visitors can explore the castle buildings and learn about the history of Ryukyu from the informative exhibits with historical artifacts which are constantly on display. Be sure to find the replicated throne for the Ryukyu kings and enjoy the scenic views of Napa City from the highlands of Shuri Castle.