Shuri is indispensable for sightseeing in Okinawa! 7 recommended spots

Shuri is indispensable for sightseeing in Okinawa! 7 recommended spots
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Shuri is located in Naha, the center of Okinawa. Shuri has many sightseeing spots where you can learn about Okinawan history, such as the Shuri Castle, which is registered in World Heritage, as well as cobblestone roads and Gyoryo. Not only sightseeing spots, but also the glust spots are also substantial. A shop where you can drink white foam tea unique to Okinawa and a restaurant where you can taste Kingdom of ryukyu court cuisine. When you arrive in Shuri, you will definitely want to walk on foot! Here are seven recommended spots in Shuri.

Spot.01 Okinawa's standard sightseeing spots here! "Shuri Castle"

Photos provided: Kokuei Okinawa Memorial Park Shuri Castle Park

Shuri Castle I would like to visit once when I come to Okinawa. Located on a hill overlooking Naha city, Shuri Castle ruins were the 11th registered in World Heritage along with other Okinawan Castle in Japan. During the Battle of Okinawa in 1945, all buildings were burned down by the US attack, but were restored in 1992.

※Unfortunately, the Shurijo Castle Main Hall was destroyed by fire in October 2019, but the restoration site and process of the main hall, which is scheduled to be completed in 2026, are open to the public. It is only now that you can see Shuri Castle, which is changing every day.

Photos provided: Kokuei Okinawa Memorial Park Shuri Castle Park

On the way to Shuri Castle is the gate of the guardian. "Shureinokuni" written on the forehead of the gate means Ryukyu means that Ryukyu is a country that values etiquette. The front of the gate is full of tourists, so if you take a picture without anyone, it is recommended to take an early morning. There is also a photo shop nearby where you can take pictures (pay) colorful costumes from the Ryukyu dynasty. There are so many types of costumes, so you may be wondering which one to wear. Be sure to have a piece of memories with the gate!

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There is Azana in the east (Agari) located in the paid area of Shuri Castle. Located at an altitude of about 140 meters, it is a place where you can overlook the panorama of Naha in a panorama. In addition, the view from Azana in the free area is recommended from evening to sunset time. You can enjoy the sunset over the East China Sea and the illuminated night view, and it is a local dating spot.

Spot.02 Let's Feel the History of Okinawa "Cobblestone Path in Shuri Kanagicho"

About 5 minutes walk from Shuri Castle, "Shurikijo-cho Ishidatami" is located about a 5-minute walk from Shuri Castle. It was selected as one of Japan's Top 100 Roads at a designated historic site in Okinawa Prefecture. The cobblestone road covered with Ryukyu limestone was built around 1522 and is 300 meters long and 4 meters wide. The cobblestones are disturbed floors that combine large and small Ryukyu limestone, and it is safe to take a walk with shoes that are easy to walk.

Walk about 6 minutes on the cobblestone road, you will arrive at Dai Akagi in Shuri Kaneshiro. In the past, many Akagis were naturally growing in Shuri, but they were burned in the Battle of Okinawa. Here you can see Akagi, which escapes the war and miraculously remain.

Further down the cobblestone, you will find a free rest area called Kanagusukumuraya, a traditional Okinawan red tile building. The cobblestones have a steep slope, so if you get tired while walking around Shuri, it is recommended to take a break here. There is a banyan tree on the cobblestone road in front of the house, which can also be a sunshade. It is usually used as a meeting place for neighborhood associations, but there are smoking spaces, toilets, vending machines, etc., and are open to the public.
There is no free parking lot around the cobblestone road, so be sure to check the coin parking near Shurijo Park before going.

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Looking up at Dai Akagi from the root, it towers dignified and powerful. The space surrounded by trees has a mysterious and sacred atmosphere, and is attracting attention as a power spot in nature.

Spot.03 The tomb where the successive Kings of Ryukyu who became World Heritage sleeps

Tamaudon is a 5-minute walk from the gate of Shuri Castle Morireimon, a tomb where the royal family of the Ryukyu dynasty sleep. It was registered with World Heritage in December 2000, and was founded in 1501 by the third generation King, King Sang Shinshin. In the center is the room where the remains before the bones were laid, the king and queen after the bone wash, and to the west, the family of the royal family were buried. The Shisa on the tower is different from what you see in the city, so searching for it is one of the pleasures.

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The first basement floor of the ticket office at the entrance is a museum, so you can immerse yourself in the romance of the history of the Kingdom of ryukyu era. The entrance fee is 300 yen, but you can enjoy it at 240 yen by presenting a monorail free ticket.

Spot.04 Let's make original items with corals! "Shuri Ryuzen"

Shuri Ryusen is a shop located on a hill in Shuri and is a shop where you can experience coral dyeing and red dyeing. It is also attractive to be able to bring home what you make immediately. Coral dyeing is an original experience that can only be done by Ryu dyeing. You can choose one from T-shirts, furoshiki, and tote bags, and use the coral cross section to dye. Why don't you make only one original item in the world?

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There is no time limit, so you can make it at your own pace. Complete in about 40-60 minutes, perfect for free time. It may be crowded around noon, so it is recommended to make a reservation and visit.

Spot.05 Eat fluffy white bubbles! ? Okinawa's tea "Bukubu tea specialty store Kari"

"Bukubuku tea specialty store" is a 5-minute walk from Shuri Castle. You can experience making bubbles on your own with Okinawan traditional nabbukubuku tea. Fukubuku tea includes not only the meaning of bubbles, but also the meaning of "fortune" in which fortune overlaps. The trick is to whisk the tea water in the pot as if it is aired with a whisk. A large amount of foam comes out, so put the foam in a tea bowl and hold it with both hands and drink.

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For the taste of tea, plain brown rice and poncha is popular. There are 11 other types, such as medicinal herbs, sannin, hambiscus, and lemongrass. It is recommended as a place to take a tea break after visiting Shuri Castle first.

Spot.06 Yamashiro Manju, a long-established store with over 160 years old.

"Yamashiro Manju" is located near Ryutanike in Shuri, and is a famous bun shop that has been around for a long time. Wrap the handmade tsubuan made by adding sugar and syrup firmly with skin melted with Meriken flour. Put it on the leaves of the moon peach and steam it for more than 30 minutes to make it. When you eat freshly made, the scent of moon peaches spreads in your mouth with moderate sweetness and is exquisite.

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Only 150 to 200 pieces are made a day for handmade, and they will end as soon as they are sold out. Because it is popular with locals, it will be sold out around 15 o'clock. It is recommended that you purchase after visiting Shuri Castle in the morning.

Spot.07 Ryukyu cuisine "Shuri Iroha Garden" called Nuchigusui (life medicine)

"Shuri Iroha Garden" is a 10-minute walk from Shuri Castle. It is available to relax slowly in a calm shop that has been renovated. You can eat dishes that focus on Okinawan ingredients, from Kingdom of ryukyu's court dishes and Okinawa home cooking. The popular dinner menu is a total of 14 dishes such as Inamulchi, Mimigar, and Huchanpuuru.

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Raftte, which is recommended as a single item, uses red pork from Okinawa Prefecture, is juicy, softly melted in your mouth. It takes two days until it becomes soft, and it has a rare miso flavor in Okinawa, so it is worth trying to eat it.

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