Shurijo Castle – Naha, Japan - Atlas Obscura
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Shurijo Castle

Naha, Japan

This more than 500-year-old wooden castle was almost destroyed during World War II. 

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Shurijo Castle is a wooden structure constructed over 500 years ago. It was once the epicenter of the Ryukyu dynasty, set on a hilltop overlooking the City of Naha. 

The entire grounds are surrounded by a stone wall and there are several staircases to get to the castle. The lookout at the top provides a beautiful view of the city below. The castle and its surrounding buildings are bright red and gold, complete with colorful accents and breathtaking ornate carvings of dragons. 

The structure is currently under restoration work and will be fully open in 2026. However, aspects of the reconstruction work are open for viewing. 

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