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Shuri-jo Castle (首里城) was built in the 14th century and was the palace of the Ryukyu Kingdom. For nearly 400 years, it went neglected and suffered great destruction during the Battle of Okinawa in 1945. The castle was used as a university campus after the war but beginning from 1992, extensive reconstruction based on historical records, photographs, and memory were used to rebuild the castle to its former glory. Unfortunately, the castle was largely destroyed by a fire on October 31, 2019.


A significant number of the castle's main buildings were burnt down in the early hours of October 31st, 2019. The site is closed to the public for the time being, but Shurijo Castle Park has been partially reopened since. Authorities aim to have a reconstruction plan ready by 2022.



1 Chome-2 Shurikinjocho, Naha, Okinawa 903-0815 (Map) (Directions)



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Shuri-jo Castle is a 5-minute walk from Shuri Station.

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