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Okinawa’s Shuri Castle Destroyed in a Fire

*information as of October 31st, 2019, 3 pm Japan time by Zoria Petkoska On October 31st, 2019, Japan woke up to some heartbreaking news – Shuri Castle, a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of Japan’s designated national treasures has burnt almost to the ground during the night. The castle had recently completed renovations and…

Tochigi Prefecture: Japan’s Silk Road

As you head to Tochigi Prefecture, just north of Tokyo, the high-rises gradually disappear and space opens up to make room for farm fields and rushing rivers. Mountains ring the horizon, snow-capped in winter and lush with verdant greenery in summer. Here, where the Kinu River cuts a wide swath, more than a thousand years…

Discover Okinawa: Aboriginal Culture and Attractions

The 160 or so islands of Okinawa hold 39 designated national historic sites, of which 9 are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The two most accessible from Naha are the Shuri Castle, and Seifa-Utaki (斎場御嶽), a religious ground. UNESCO World Heritage Sites en.wikipedia.org/ Shuri Castle was the residence of the Ryukyu king who unified the kingdom,…