Naha / Okinawa
The Shuri Castle, Naha’s former name, used to be the residence of the Ryukyu monarch. The fortress burned many times through the centuries and had to undergo the WWII bombings during the Okinawa battle. After a long period, as we did not know if the castle was about to survive or not, the restoration of the castle was finally possible and achieved in 1992. Formerly known as Japan’s national treasure, this building is now registered on the World Heritage List.