Shurijo Castle

Shurijo Castle Park (首里城公園) is a world heritage listed national park and castle near Naha city center. With spectalar views over the city’s downtown, this is a must visit. The castle used to be the home of the Ryukyu Dynasty, which reigned from 1429 to 1879, so the architecture is different from other castles in Japan. There are other historical relics in the park as well, such as in the Mausoleum and various Ryukyu Dynasty gates.

Budget travel tips

  • While you are here, check out nearby Kinjo District and then Shikina-en Garden on foot.

How to get there

From central Naha city, take the Monorail to Shuri station. The park is a 10 minute walk from the station (see map outside station).


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Matthew Baxter is a British travel author who lived in New Zealand and Japan for many years. Having traveled across these countries, without much money, he has built up an extensive knowledge of budget travel, and also worked at many leading tourism companies in both countries. He also writes professionally for several websites and publications, such as the GaijinPot, All About and the Japan National Tourist Association. Those heading to Taiwan should check out his new site, Taiwanna Travel.