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Shurei-mon Gate

The most famous construction in Okinawa may be "Shurei-mon Gate". Originally built circa 1527-1555, and was destroyed in the Battle of Okinawa. It was restored in 1958 as one of the first structures in Shuri-jo Castle to be rebuilt.

Shurei-mon

displays a plaque inscribed "Shurei-no-kuni",
which means that the Ryukyus is a "Land of propriety".

The exchanges between China and the Ryukyus began in 1372 and continued for about 500 years or until the establishment of Okinawa Prefecture in 1897. When there was a succession of the king in the Ryukyu Kingdom, the emperor of China dispatched envoys to perform investiture ceremonies at Shuri-jo Castle. A plaque inscribed "Shurei-no-kuni" was displayed for investiture.



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Way to Shuri-jo Castle

You have to pass through 5 gates to Shuri-jo. "Kankai-mon Gate", the main gate, is located at the western wall. "Rokoku-mon Gate" is the third gate, its means is a water clock. A water clock was installed in the turret measure time, and a drum was struck to signal the time of the day.

Zuisenmon

Right : "Zuisen-mon Gate" , Left : "Rokoku-mon Gate"

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Suimui-utaki

Sundial

Sundial
The sundial is located just pass the "Rokoku-mon Gate". In ancient times, it was placed here for to supplement the water clock. It was reportedly first installed in 1739.



Suimui-utaki
Suimui-utaki

Suimui-utaki is a site of worship, located in front of the castle wall.

According to the mythology of the Ryukyus, the sacred site was created by the hands of god.




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Shuri-jo Seiden

From 1429 to 1879, Shuri-jo served as the castle of the Ryukyu kingdom. The castle flourished as the center of Ryukyu politics, diplomacy and culture. Excavation efforts have revealed that Shuri-jo was constructed at the end of the 14th century. The castle is surrounded by both inner and outer walls that are made from interlocking blocks of coral limestone, stretching a total length of 1,080 meters.

Shurijo Seiden

Seiden and Una
Within the castle are the Seiden, Hokuden and Nanden halls that encompass the state court area known as Una, where the governmental affairs and rites for international courtesies were performed.

Shuri-jo castle was burned down on four occasions, including during the Battle of Okinawa. The entire castle has been undergoing reconstruction since 1972.




Opening hours : Mar.-Nov. 09:00-18:00 ( Admission until 17:30 )
Dec.-Feb. 09:00-17:30 ( Admission until 17:00 )
Open throughout the year

Admission Fee : Adult 800 yen , Student (High School) 600 yen, Child 300 yen



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The Shuri Royal Government

The administrative organization of the Ryukyu Kingdom was comprised of the Shuri Royal Government. It was headed by the king with a regent and three prime ministers with variously named civic offices under them.

Gateman

Gateman wore a red hat
color of the hats

Illustrated is the administrative organization of the Ryukyu Kingdom with corresponding color of the hats worn by the different court ranks.



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Tama-u-dun

Tama-u-dun was built in 1501 to re-entomb the remains of father King Sho En by King Sho Shin and has become the Royal Mausoleum of the second Sho dynasty.

Tama-u-dun

The tomb cosists of three rooms, the enter room was for placing the remains before washing the bones; the east room was originally for the Kings and queens; the west room; according to the inscription on the stone monument in the front court, was for the rest of the family members. The entire tomb displays an architectural style of the royal palace of that time, a stone building with wooden roof.



Opening hours : 09:00-18:00 ( Admission until 17:30 )
Open throughout the year

Admission Fee : Adult 200 yen , Child ( Grades 1-9 ) 100 yen



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Shikina-en

"Shikina-en" was the largest second residence
for the Ryukyu royal family members and foreign guests.

Shikina-en

It is a circular landscape garden
and visitors can enjoy different landscapes walking around the pond.



Opening hours : 09:00-17:30 ( Apr.01-Sep.30 )
09:00-17:00 ( Oct.01-Mar.31 )
Closed : Wednesday, the day after national holidays (including June 24)

Admission Fee : Adult 300 yen , Child ( Grades 1-9 ) 100 yen



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