The castle was originally founded around the 13 or 14th centuries.
It was modified and expanded several times coming into its height of power during as a palace and fortress for the Ryukyu kings who established the unified Ryukyu kingdom in 1429.
These kings ruled for about 400 years until the Meiji government ousted the king in 1879 and established the prefecture of Okinawa.
Drawn by Moo
It’s called “Shurei mon” or “Shurei no mon”.
The term “Shurei” means “observation of the proprieties”. The plaque on the gate is inscribed ‘Shurei-no-kuni’ (Land of Propriety), and it praises the refined manners and proprieties of the Ryukyu Kingdom.
“Zuisen” means a wonderful fountain, and “mon” means “a gate”.
Zuisenmon was named for the Ryuhi spring located to the right in front of the gate.
Enjoy the dance show at the castle!
The have the traditional Okinawan dance performances three times a day on Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and holidays, and it’s totally FREE!
The first show starts at 11 in the morning.
The 2nd one is at 2 in the afternoon, and the last one is at 4.
All the performers are professionals and they are the masters, and you can see the best traditional dance performance in Okinawa!
Night light ups
They also do night light up and you can enjoy seeing the castle in the evening too. If you are near Shuri Castle in the evening with your loved one, why don’t you go see the romantic light up?