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Private Okinawa Custom One-Day Tour by Chartered Vehicle
Ranked #1 of 184 things to do in Naha
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Yona, Mariana Islands
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285 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 100 helpful votes
“Worth a Visit”
Reviewed 1 August 2014

It is the oldest and most intact castle in Okinawa. Enjoyed being able to tour the inside and see the entire grounds. You have a beautiful view of the island from the castle.

Visited July 2014
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Bangalore, Karnataka, India
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
“Excellent Place”
Reviewed 1 August 2014

Very nice place. Its a must visit in Okinawa. This place talks about the history of Okinawa. Luckily I visited this place in morning around 8.30 as soon as it opened. It wasn't crowded. Got a chance to see the morning opening rituals, which was really nice.

Visited June 2014
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Tokyo, Japan
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““Must see” for anyone interested in history and architecture”
Reviewed 23 July 2014

High on a hill overlooking Naha, the castle was the center of the Ryūkyū Kingdom. The Satsuma takeover and WWII bombing put an end to all that, however.

My first visit was in 1975, when I visited a friend teaching at the university occupying the site. There were a few walls and little else.

Reconstruction started in 1992. In the three visits since then, it has just got better—more barrier free access this time. The time before, it was the monorail. Before that, it was the new visitor center providing parking for cars and tour buses.

The best view of the castle is from Gigo Station, the second last monorail station. Take some photos and then get back on the train to the end of the line. Between the station and the castle is a deep valley. Save your hill climbing energy for the trip back.

The direct route from Shuri Station to the castle entrance is a good walk, but the slopes are gentle.

But I didn't go direct. There's a loop off to the left that runs past four awamori distilleries. I only had time for one: Zuisen.

My 24-hour monorail pass (700 yen) entitled me to a 10% discount into the palace at the top. The rest of the park is free.

Visited July 2014
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Portland, OR
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
“Think "Mini-Forbidden City"”
Reviewed 15 July 2014

The castle, constructed at the end of the 14th century, was destroyed during the Battle of Okinawa in WWII. It was rebuilt and demonstrates the splendor of the Ryukyu Kingdom. The history of the kingdom and its interactions with China, Japan, and America are well-described.

Visited June 2014
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Los Angeles
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“Great Cultural Experience”
Reviewed 3 July 2014

I visited the castle with my brother and sister in law after they moved to Okinawa (military). The three of us came here and enjoyed our visit. The architecture is beautiful and so grand. In the large courtyard, we got a show of traditional music and dance. Inside, we toured the rooms and halls and partook in the Japanese tea time. This was an additional charge but well worth it. Lockers were provided for our loose belongings (so they wouldnt be in our way). Tea time was held in a room with large widows looking out at the garden. Seating was traditional on the floor. We were served as much tea as we could drink and a tasting course of traditional cookies. In total, we each had around 10 different kinds of cookies with explanations of each. After tea time, we continued our self guided tour around the grounds, which included a large pond, several gardens, and followed along a large stone wall. Great cultural/historic visit.

Visited March 2014
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