Shuri Castle is seen ablaze in Naha, Okinawa. Photo: Kyodo

Okinawa tourism industry left reeling after fire guts Japan’s Shuri Castle, Unesco heritage site

  • Almost US$1 million has been raised to restore the ancient structure after 400 artefacts were destroyed and six buildings left beyond repair
  • Hilltop castle overlooking the city of Naha is one of Okinawa’s most prominent tourist attractions and drew 2.8 million visitors last year
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Shuri Castle is seen ablaze in Naha, Okinawa. Photo: Kyodo
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Julian Ryall

Julian Ryall

Julian Ryall never expected to still be in Japan 24 years after he first arrived, but he quickly realised its advantages over his native London. He lives in Yokohama with his wife and children and writes for publications around the world.