A fire occurred in the early morning of October 31st 2019 at the Shurijo Castle Seiden (main hall) in Naha on the Okinawa main island.
UNESCO World Heritage site Shurijo Castle’s Seiden, Hokuden and Nanden halls, along with other parts of the castle, were destroyed in the fire.
We ask all tourists currently visiting (or planning to visit) the area to check details of ongoing closures and cancellations of related events.
Shurijo Castle Park, namely the facilities inside the park including paid admission facilities, had been subject to unscheduled closure from October 31. As of November 5, some facilities are now open.
Please check the official Shurijo Castle Park website for details of which facilities are currently open.
Shurijo Castle Park Partially Open
Information and details of future re-openings will be provided as and when they are confirmed.
As of November 5, it is now possible to view the Shureimon and the Sonohyan-Utaki Ishimon (a World Heritage site). (Updated on November 27, 2019)
The route from Kyo-no Uchi observatory to Shicha-nu Una will be re-opened by checking the safety by installation of temporary equipment.(Updated on December 17, 2019)
From December 12th (Thursday), facilities in Shurijo Castle Park such as Kankaimon, Kyukeimon, Kofukumon, Iri-no Azana, and Zenikura will be re-opened due the result of the safety check and the recovery check.(Updated on December 11, 2019)
*2.6 hectares will be opened this time, and current opened areas have become 9.8 hectares in total. (Opened area before the fire was 11.9 hectares. Therefore 80% have been re-opened.)
Please check the Shurijo Castle Park Official Website for details of areas that are open to visitors.
We will inform you of future events as soon as they are decided.
Shurijo Castle Park Official Website *английский
Shuri Castle was the center of politics and culture during the Ryukyu Kingdom period. The castle was burnt to the ground in the Battle of Okinawa in 1945, but with the aid of expert researchers and craftsmen it was partially restored and opened in 1992 as the Shurijo Castle Park. With its iconic design and distinctive lacquered red color, Shuri Castle was a symbol of Okinawan history and culture and its restoration was a long-cherished desire of the Okinawan people. On this solemn occasion, we sincerely pray for the day when we can see this iconic structure, once again, rise from the ashes.
Please visit other World Heritage listed sites and cultural facilities in the prefecture where you can learn about the history and culture of Okinawa.
We have received many words of encouragement and proposals of support in response to the fire. These are some of the projects and fundraising activities extending both within the prefecture and across Japan.
It provides tourist information, interpreter services and caring support for travelers in emergencies.