Shuri Castle – 首里城

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When we were on Okinawa we decided to visit Naha (the capital city) and its surroundings. I wasn’t so impressed with Naha. I’m probably very spoiled with Tokyo and all other beautiful and cute Japanese cities I’ve visited so far, but I really enjoyed visiting the Shuri Castle. It is unknown when the castle was constructed but it was in use during the Sanzan period (1322–1429). In 1945 the castle was almost totally destroyed during the battle of Okinawa but in 1992 it was reconstructed again. In 2000 it was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. I hope I didn’t bore you with too much history now, but I’m usually very interested in the background of famous places I visit or read about.

I’ve been to quite a lot of Japanese temples and even though all of them are incredible beautiful, a lot of them look quite the same. Shuri castle was different, being huge and surrounded by powerful gates and with a beautiful view over Naha it is definitely worth a visit!

Have a great Friday!

Love,
Elle

沖縄滞在中、那覇とそこからモノレールで数駅の場所にある首里城に行きました。1945年の沖縄戦で壊滅的被害を受けましたが、1992年に再建され、2000年にユネスコの世界遺産に登録されました。

私は日本で沢山のお寺を訪れ、どれも素晴らしく、美しかったのですが、造りが似ていることが多かったです。首里城は雰囲気が異なりますし、大きなお城が大きな門で囲われており、那覇市街をきれいに見渡すこともできるので、おすすめです。

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