Shuri Castle had been the kings' castle after the unification of the Ryukyu Kingdom.
It became the center of the politics, diplomacy and culture during the Ryukyu Kingdom Era.
Wars and fires destroyed the castle 4 times over the centuries, most recently in the Battle of Okinawa in 1945.
The current buildings are beautiful reconstructions dating from 1992, 20 years after Okinawa became a Japanese prefecture.
The castle is included as one of the UNESCO World Heritage designated Castles of the Ryukyu Kingdom sites in December of the year 2000.