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Shuri Castle: The Hot Castle

Mieke A.

by GoWithGuide travel specialist:Mieke A.

Last updated : Feb 28, 20212 min read

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Prepare to get sweaty! Shuri Castle is located in Japan's tropical
province, Okinawa, where temperatures rise steeply in summer.
Luckily, you're allowed to (or should I say: obliged to) take your shoes
off for some fresh air to your feet.

Shuri Castle was built during the early 14th century, when Okinawa
was not part of Japan yet and was called the Ryūkyū Kingdom. The king
of the Ryūkyū Kingdom, Shō Hashi, resided in the castle. After his death
in 1429, the castle hosted the royal court and administrative center of the Kingdom.
It was the central point of foreign trade, and the economic, political, and cultural heart
of the Ryūkyūs until 1879. According to historic documents, Shuri Castle burned down
several times, but was rebuilt every time. The last time was during World War II, when
Japanese forces set up headquarters in the castle and it was heavily bombed by
American forces. Restoration works have taken place since 1992, based on
photographs, historical records, and memory.

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Website: http://oki-park.jp/shurijo/ in Japanese
                http://www.shurijo.com/english/ in English
Address: 1-2 Shurikinjocho, Naha, Okinawa Prefecture 903-0815, Japan
Tel no.: +81 (0) 98-886-2020
Price: adults 800 yen; high school students 600 yen; elementary & junior high
students 300 yen; children 6 and under are free (you can also pay with US dollars).
Opening times: 8:30-19:00, Jul-Sep -20:00; Dec-Mar 18:30

Okinawa Main Island Tour Guide - Tateo U.

Tateo U.

4.99 / 5
(69 reviews)

My name is Tateo. I am officially registerd English tour guide and introducing about Okinawa's history,culture, and nature.I am elderly person but have gone through lots of expericences that happened during US occupation after WW2. For the example, change of monetary system(US dollar to Yen),Change of traffic regulation(driving vehicle from right to left).The reversion of Okinawa to main land Japan was biggest historical event.The US administered Okinawa for 27 years. As a result, thing were Americanized in many aspects. Historically, Okinawa was once independent nation until 1872.During Kingdum era, Okinawa actively traded with China, South Asia Countries, Korea, and Japan. In the end, our culture is quite differ much from main land Japan. For instance, architectural technique, daily customs, and culture are also unique. Okinawa is the only prefecture belong to subtropical climate zone. Even winter time, it's neither hot nor cold. People can enjoy marine sport all through the year.Canoeing, Kayaking, Diving, and Snorkeling are popular. Besides, beatiful white sand beaches and attractive coastline are abundant. Green sea water and blue sky have been lured people from all over the world. Traditional music and dance are worth seeing. Please visit Okinawa and enjoy extraordinary trip. I will be looking forward to seeing you soon.                                                                                                                                  

Okinawa Main Island Tour Guide - Noriko Y.

Noriko Y.

4.90 / 5
(39 reviews)

Hi. I was a tour guide for Japanese speak in Japanese in main-land Japan around Tokyo. Now, I live in Okinawa for over ten years with my family. I wanted to be a tour guide for foreigners because I appreciate people's helps when I traveled around world. I traveled over seventy countries. I like traveling because I learn a lot from people who I meet. Finally, I got a certificate for being an English tour guide. I would like you to spend meaningful time in Okinawa. Okinawa has unique culture, they mixed Japanese and Chinese way, then, built up a new own culture. With limited time, I hope you enjoy seeing a lot and knowing a lot.                                                                                                                                  

Okinawa Main Island Tour Guide - Yukihiro(hero) N.

Yukihiro(hero) N.

4.75 / 5
(4 reviews)

Hello, everyone!! My name is Yukihiro, call me "HERO". I'm eager to introduce this unique country, Japan to foreign guests. I am not a professional interpreter. I have retired from Japan Ground Self-Defense Force(JGSDF=Japanese Army) on March 2018. 大家好! 我名字叫xing2 bo2, 請叫我xing bo(行博)。我喜歡跟外國遊客分享這個很有意思的國家---日本國。我是個業餘的翻譯導遊, 不太專業, 在2018年3月我退休了日本陸上自衛隊(日本陸軍)。 I have spent most of my career as a Army NCO(Non-commissioned officer) . My job experiences are only in the military, but there are variety of specialties, so I didn't feel boredom. I lived in many places all over Japan, such as Hokkaido 10years, Chiba 15years, Okinawa 8years and more places. 我在軍隊當陸軍士官過了大部分的生活。我的工作經驗只在軍隊內,但是它有很多兵種和工作,所以我沒有膩了。我住過日本各地的很多地方,例如北海道10年,千葉縣15年,沖繩8年還有別的有些地方。 I am working for a half of month in Okinawa, and the rest of month in Nagasaki as a Triple Lights interpreter tour guide. 我一邊在沖繩縣大概半個月, 一邊在九州長崎周邊當Triple Lights的翻譯導游工作剩餘的月。 I am registered as a Okinawa prefectural interpreter tour guide (English & Chinese), but don't have a whole Japan certification. So I am brushing my skill up to get it. 我登記了沖繩縣的地域翻譯導遊(英/中文),可是沒有全國的。所以為了獲得全國導遊資格,我正在繼續學外語。 I speak English, Chinese (simplify & traditional) , no problem to guide you, not like a native though. 我會說英語和中文(簡/繁),作為您的導游沒問題,沒有母語的人那麼好。                                                                                                                                 

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