Exploring Okinawa | Shuri Castle
Today we went exploring Okinawa with my mom. She is here visiting from the states. We decided on Shuri Castle in Naha. I went years ago when the kids were tiny. We got to view the inside and decide to head back home since the little kiddos were acting crazy. This time was much better. They were a tad wild but overall was great.
We got a later start than we had wanted, but we stayed up late watching movies the night before. We headed down and took the expressway and exited at the 1 exit. We then followed our google map on the iPhone. Exploring Okinawa is so much easier nowadays with Google maps. You will want to find close parking and walk-up. We parked at a small parking area across from the pay entrance to the castle. You can find all the entrance fees and information on their website. I think we ended up spending about two hours there and it cost us 600¥. We had lunch just outside the entrance. It was ok, basic fast food taste.
Once inside you were wow’d by the majestic, massive red buildings. The main castle was breathtaking. I love the artwork and details on the top entranceway. Most of the outer lying areas and part of the side building was being renovated, so we didn’t get the chance to explore the full beauty that Shuri Castle offers. The main building was being renovated when we went last time, so these fixes are taking them at least 6+ years. I hope they finish soon so that I can explore the rest of the outlying areas.
This is one of the historical sites that you MUST put on your must-see sights while exploring Okinawa. I hope you enjoyed this rendition of exploring Okinawa and hopefully I helped out someone with some of the details and the getup and go.
P.S. Don’t mind the awful photography skills I had going on today. It was hot and I was trying to juggle water bottles and kids and bags.
“A World Heritage Site that tells the tales of the prosperous Ryukyu Kingdom
Shurijo Castle served as the proud and dignified center of the Ryukyu Kingdom and its politics, foreign affairs, and culture.
With architectural influences from both China and Japan, the Castle shows its exceptional cultural and historical values in its unique stonework and architectural design. Thus, Shurijo was designated as a World Heritage Site in December of 2000, the 11th World Heritage Site within Japan.” — Shuri Castle Website