There is something special about rain that makes one smile, just not on the day of a planned trip to Shuri Castle which is one of the declared UNESCO World Heritage Sites found in Okinawa. Shoes are required to be taken off when exploring the interiors of the castle, and the Japanese, being as efficient as they always are, handed out small plastic bags to everyone to keep our muddy shoes from dripping as we tour around. Located in Naha City, the present buildings are reconstructions of the former center of administration and residence of the Ryukyu kings for several centuries until Okinawa became a Japanese prefecture. Chinese influence in its architectural feature is very dominant, striking a close resemblance to the Forbidden City especially the prevalence of color red. Shuri Castle is said to be the most loved castle by tourists who come to this island which explains how crowded the site was even this month is rainy and at worst, stormy.
A replica of the king’s throne and crown are the famous exhibits inside the castle. Please note that there are only certain areas where cameras are allowed.
Check Google Street View below for an additional information and perspective on Shuri Castle: