Access: 15 min. walk or 5 minutes bus ride from Shuri Station on the Okinawa Monorail
* The Park is closed on the first Wednesday and Thursday of July.
Photo by: Mr Hiroyoshi Kawana
Photo taken: March 2008
‘Shuri’ was the former capital of Ryukyu Kingdom, and the castle served as the administrative headquarters and residence of the King and the royal family for several centuries until the Ryukyu Kingdom became the Japanese prefecture of Okinawa in 1879. The original Shurijo Castle was destroyed during the Second World War, and the building in its present state is a reconstruction. Shurijo castle was designated as a World Heritage Site in 2000, the 11th World Heritage Site in Japan.