Okinawa previously was not called Okinawa, it was called Ryukyu. The former capital of Ryukyu Kingdom is Shuri, but now changed to be a city district of Naha. Nowadays Shuri castle has become the largest historical side in Okinawa and has been registered as UNESCO World Heritage because the unique structure and architecture that combined Japanese style with Chinese style.
There are many things displayed in Shuri castle. You can see historical artifacts both made on Okinawa or received during foreign trade, informative exhibits that outlining the history of Ryukyu Kingdom, and so on.
The best way to visit Shuri Castle is to use private transport / sightseeing taxi in Okinawa. Easy Travel has lots of sightseeing taxi in Okinawa with afforable price.
By Okinawa Monorail
Drop off Shuri Station. Shuri Castle is around 15-20 minutes walk from here or aroudn 5 minute ride by bus (¥150). Take bus number 7 or 8 and get off at Shurijo-mae (首里城前)
Take bus number 1 directly from central Naha (Kokusaidori) to Shuri Castle. The one way trip takes about 15-20 minutes and costs 230 yen. Get off at Shurijo Koen Iriguchi (首里城公園入口).
Hours & Fees
December to March
08.30 ~ 18.00
April to June & October to November
08.30 ~ 19.00
July to September
08.30 ~ 20.00
*Closed on first Wednesday and Thursday of July
Adult 820 Yen
Child (High School) 820 Yen
Child (Elementary and Junior High) 310 Yen
Group of 20 or more
Adult 660 Yen
Child (High School) 490 Yen
Child (Elementary and Junior High) 250 Yen
Adult 1.640 Yen
Child (High School) 1,240 Yen
Child (Elementary and Junior High) 620 Yen
※ Free entrance for children under 6 years old
※ Discounted group tickets must be purchased together.
※ Free of admission for disabled ID holder. One attendant is also free.
※ College ID holders must show their ID for discount.
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