Shurijo Castle
Shurijo Castle
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8:00 AM - 6:30 PM
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8:00 AM - 6:30 PM
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8:00 AM - 6:30 PM
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8:00 AM - 6:30 PM
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8:00 AM - 6:30 PM
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  • The1Explorer
    North Sydney, Australia2 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice place, but upsetting surprise
    I came to Shurijo by taxi. Bought tickets, and we found out it burnt down in 2019... Depressing indeed. There were virtural tours and some remains of lookouts, but we only saw construction. I hope Shurijo will be restored in the future, and I will be able to come back.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written August 25, 2023
  • Teen Traveler
    Sai Kung, China40 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    History + Views
    I love learning about a places history when traveling, so I really liked visiting the castle. Its about a 10 minutes walk to the monorail, which isn't bad, and has a lot of nice little cafes around it. The castle park was really pretty, and I loved the stamp postcards with stations all around the park. However, I would not recommend the paying for the private area, because there was not a lot there. It was just a building where they are making the new replica, but at the moment it just looks like raw materials, and there is not a lot to look at. It did however give you access to an AMAZING view by going up all the stairs. I think you can conquer the free areas in an hour or hour and a half. I would recommend going just to learn about the history of the island, and see how pretty it is if nothing else.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written September 18, 2023
  • WinkSea
    Atlanta, Georgia148 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice to visit and see the great views, but can't go inside.
    Nice to visit the outside and walk around the grounds. There is a good restuarant on the grounds with good food. Lots of restrooms in the area. You can't go inside the castle since it is under construction. But still worth seeing. None, if you take the monorail to the castle, show them your monorail ticket and get a good discount. We took the monorail from the Hilton Double Tree to the Castle. It is a short walk to the castle from the monorail stop. The monorail station is right outside the hotel.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written November 21, 2023
  • ROCruiser
    Claremont, California4,574 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Outer Space for Free
    We chartered a small bus to take the 25 of us around Naha for the two days here on a cruise ship (MSC Billissima). The agent told us that it is free to explore the grounds but to get inside the main palace court one would have to pay. Since the fire of 2019, the main court is not even opened for the public so he suggested that we just explore the grounds and that was exactly what we did without any admission fees. There were a lot of people even early in the morning but it was fun just walking through the gates and taking in the sights. We were inside the main court about five years ago and there wasn't much to see at that time anyway, so we were happy just wandering around the castle.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written February 26, 2024
  • OZS_ATW
    Budapest, Hungary3,534 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Mixed feelings
    We had mixed feeling when we visited the Shurijo Castle. It was burnt down in 2019 and it would take years to finish. You could not see the castle at all, it was covered by a mega box. Entrance fee was ¥400 per person. We walked inside the castle are but we a little disaapointed to realised that you could not see anything about the castle.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written March 4, 2024
  • Lee_N_76
    Eindhoven, The Netherlands314 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very different, nice feel in the evening
    The castle was burned down a few years back and they are still working to restore it; so unfortunately most of the main castle was covered up. You can instead check out the workshop where they are making the wood to recreate the castle by traditional techniques. However, since you can only look down from the observation platform and watch explanatory videos, it wasn't very interesting. I found it more interesting walking around the castle, outside the ticketed area, where you can see people practicing karate on open grass. And in the evening, a few hours after the castle closed and most tourists left, the place took on a very different feel
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written March 9, 2024
  • Choobyrooesq
    Los Angeles, California275 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    FYI Main building burnt down in 2019!
    Very cool place to visit while in Naha/Okinawa - it’s about a 20 minute cab ride from the Naha cruise terminal. I do wish the main reviews posted in Google actually showed that the main building burnt down in 2019 (5th time it burned down) and the massive palace building is being meticulously recreated. I was disappointed but when we got our tickets (approx $3 USD pp and they DO take small USD bills!) and went inside the restoration process was fascinating to watch - workers are there on week days so you can see the work being done. That said, it was still worth a visit and the grounds were quite extensive and the other buildings/walls/gates were really neat. There are also multiple places to get food (the top floor of the info building has a full service restaurant and a small cafe with snack offerings like popcorn chicken, soup noodles and ice cream), museum shops and some shopping kiosks from various vendors selling tourist Knick knacks. FYI you only need tickets if you want to go into the building to see the restoration work and the other back areas of the compound.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written March 19, 2024
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Choobyrooesq
Los Angeles, CA275 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Very cool place to visit while in Naha/Okinawa - it’s about a 20 minute cab ride from the Naha cruise terminal. I do wish the main reviews posted in Google actually showed that the main building burnt down in 2019 (5th time it burned down) and the massive palace building is being meticulously recreated. I was disappointed but when we got our tickets (approx $3 USD pp and they DO take small USD bills!) and went inside the restoration process was fascinating to watch - workers are there on week days so you can see the work being done.

That said, it was still worth a visit and the grounds were quite extensive and the other buildings/walls/gates were really neat. There are also multiple places to get food (the top floor of the info building has a full service restaurant and a small cafe with snack offerings like popcorn chicken, soup noodles and ice cream), museum shops and some shopping kiosks from various vendors selling tourist Knick knacks.

FYI you only need tickets if you want to go into the building to see the restoration work and the other back areas of the compound.
Written March 19, 2024
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ROCruiser
Claremont, CA4,574 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Friends
We chartered a small bus to take the 25 of us around Naha for the two days here on a cruise ship (MSC Billissima). The agent told us that it is free to explore the grounds but to get inside the main palace court one would have to pay. Since the fire of 2019, the main court is not even opened for the public so he suggested that we just explore the grounds and that was exactly what we did without any admission fees. There were a lot of people even early in the morning but it was fun just walking through the gates and taking in the sights. We were inside the main court about five years ago and there wasn't much to see at that time anyway, so we were happy just wandering around the castle.
Written February 26, 2024
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OZS_ATW
Budapest, Hungary3,534 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
We had mixed feeling when we visited the Shurijo Castle. It was burnt down in 2019 and it would take years to finish. You could not see the castle at all, it was covered by a mega box.
Entrance fee was ¥400 per person. We walked inside the castle are but we a little disaapointed to realised that you could not see anything about the castle.
Written March 4, 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Teen Traveler
Sai Kung, China40 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Friends
I love learning about a places history when traveling, so I really liked visiting the castle. Its about a 10 minutes walk to the monorail, which isn't bad, and has a lot of nice little cafes around it. The castle park was really pretty, and I loved the stamp postcards with stations all around the park. However, I would not recommend the paying for the private area, because there was not a lot there. It was just a building where they are making the new replica, but at the moment it just looks like raw materials, and there is not a lot to look at. It did however give you access to an AMAZING view by going up all the stairs. I think you can conquer the free areas in an hour or hour and a half. I would recommend going just to learn about the history of the island, and see how pretty it is if nothing else.
Written September 19, 2023
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OnwardTraveller
Southampton, UK1,199 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Solo
I hadn’t read up on this before paying the entrance fee. Oops, it burnt down in 2019 and will be years in reconstruction. You can see almost as much without paying the entrance fee which only really gets you to climb up higher and see views over Naha.
Written June 3, 2023
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Lee_N_76
Eindhoven, The Netherlands314 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Friends
The castle was burned down a few years back and they are still working to restore it; so unfortunately most of the main castle was covered up. You can instead check out the workshop where they are making the wood to recreate the castle by traditional techniques. However, since you can only look down from the observation platform and watch explanatory videos, it wasn't very interesting. I found it more interesting walking around the castle, outside the ticketed area, where you can see people practicing karate on open grass. And in the evening, a few hours after the castle closed and most tourists left, the place took on a very different feel
Written March 9, 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

WinkSea
Atlanta, GA148 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
Nice to visit the outside and walk around the grounds. There is a good restuarant on the grounds with good food. Lots of restrooms in the area. You can't go inside the castle since it is under construction. But still worth seeing. None, if you take the monorail to the castle, show them your monorail ticket and get a good discount. We took the monorail from the Hilton Double Tree to the Castle. It is a short walk to the castle from the monorail stop. The monorail station is right outside the hotel.
Written November 21, 2023
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The1Explorer
North Sydney, Australia2 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
I came to Shurijo by taxi. Bought tickets, and we found out it burnt down in 2019... Depressing indeed. There were virtural tours and some remains of lookouts, but we only saw construction.
I hope Shurijo will be restored in the future, and I will be able to come back.
Written August 25, 2023
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Zimminaroundtheworld
Okinawa Prefecture, Japan1,957 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021
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 is worth a visit. The walls are still in tact as are some structures. It will be many years before the project is complete. This castle has burnt down many times and has rebuilt so it will be fascinating again once it's up and running. You can still walk the grounds although a lot of places are currently blocked off. There are a lot of historic markers worth reading, I learned a lot. After visiting the castle, I walked the park across from it and explored the surrounding area. I feel if you are in Okinawa, might as well visit even if it is not in full swing. I went and really enjoyed my visit here.
Written May 8, 2021
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sheyda_sweden
Yokohama, Japan78 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Solo
Even though a little part of it had burdened down still there are MORE other historical things to see at the site. Unfortunately everybody talk about the lost (which make you do NOT wanting to go) forgotten that there is other important, historical and beautiful building at castle area worth visiting. I was smart enough to know this and are very glad to say that I went there and didn't let myself get talk out it.
Written February 26, 2020
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