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.

Shuri Castle in Naha City, Okinawa, Japan is declared as one of UNESCO's World Heritage Sites.
Shuri Castle in Naha City, Okinawa, Japan is declared as one of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites.
The view from the side of Shuri Castle in Naha City, Okinawa, Japan. It  is a declared UNESCO's World Heritage Site.
The view from the side of Shuri Castle in Naha City, Okinawa, Japan. It is a declared UNESCO’s World Heritage Site.
The Kankaimon gate at Shuri Castle in Naha City, Okinawa, Japan.
The Kankaimon gate at Shuri Castle in Naha City, Okinawa, Japan.
The Zuisenmon at Shuri Castle in Naha City, Okinawa, Japan.
The Zuisenmon at Shuri Castle in Naha City, Okinawa, Japan.
The walls at Shuri Castle in Naha City, Okinawa, Japan.
The walls at Shuri Castle in Naha City, Okinawa, Japan.
Shuri Castle in Naha City, Okinawa, Japan is a World Heritage Site declared by UNESCO.
Shuri Castle in Naha City, Okinawa, Japan is a World Heritage Site declared by UNESCO.
Sonohyan Utaki Shrine with Ishimon Gate at Shuri Castle in Naha City, Okinawa, Japan.
Sonohyan Utaki Shrine with Ishimon Gate at Shuri Castle in Naha City, Okinawa, Japan.
The replica of the king's throne as exhibited inside Shuri Castle in Naha City, Okinawa, Japan.
The replica of the king’s throne as exhibited inside Shuri Castle in Naha City, Okinawa, Japan.
A replica of the king's crown as exhibited inside Shuri Castle in Naha City, Okinawa, Japan.
A replica of the king’s crown as exhibited inside Shuri Castle in Naha City, Okinawa, Japan.
Hubby and I standing in the courtyard of Shuri Castle in Naha City, Okinawa, Japan.
Hubby and I standing in the courtyard of Shuri Castle in Naha City, Okinawa, Japan.

 

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