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Approximately 3¾ Hours
Meals not included
"Five hundred years of Ryukyuan history (12th-17th century) are represented by these sites and monuments. The ruins of castles, on elevated sites, are evidence of social structure, while the sacred sites provide testimony to the rare survival of an ancient form of religion into the modern age."
The city of Naha is a showcase for the past and present cultural wonders of Okinawa. En route to Shurijo Castle Park, pass Naminoue Beach, Ryutan Pond, and the Prefectural Government Office, designed by renowned architect Kisho Kurokawa.
Built in the late 1300’s as the palace of the Ryukyu kings, Shuri was destroyed and rebuilt numerous times over the centuries but was ultimately obliterated in the battle of Okinawa in 1945. Reconstructed on the original site using photos, official records and memory for reference, it reopened in 1992.
Upon arrival, you will be greeted by the imposing Shureimon Gate. Though many parts of the complex were destroyed by fire in 2019, you are still able to see the unique striking red color of the remaining structures that gives you a taste of the original splendor that surrounded the Ryukyu kings.
Before you leave, browse for souvenirs at the Shurijo Castle gift shop.
Next, you will visit Chuko Distillery where you will discover Awamori, a spirit unique to Okinawa, made from rice and distilled water. Here, you’ll learn about the distillation process and enjoy a delicious tasting. A short scenic drive returns you to the pier.
Please note: The Distillery is closed on Thursdays. Bring local currency, as many vendors do not accept credit cards or US dollars. Participants must negotiate stairs and/or uneven surfaces and is therefore not advisable for guests using a wheelchair or for those with mobility limitations. Wear comfortable walking shoes. This tour will not enter Shurijo Castle, it will be an exterior view. Tour sequence may vary.