Private Ryukyu Dynasty History

From $185.00/person to $685.00/person (Select "Individuals" below) Price varies based on number of individuals in your group
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Shore Excursion Size ? Private
Shore Excursion Type Cultural, Scenic
Shore Excursion Duration 6 Hours
Activity Level ? Moderate
Shore Excursion Leaves From ? Cruise Ship Pier
Food/Beverage Provided Not Included
Recommended Dress We recommend wearing comfortable, weather appropriate clothing and sturdy, enclosed footwear such as walking shoes.
Restrictions Guests must be able to get in and out of transportation. This tour is not suitable for any guest with walking difficulties. This tour is not wheelchair accessible.

Private Ryukyu Dynasty History

Small, scattered domains in the Ryukyu archipelago were unified during the 14th century and thrived as a central hub for the maritime trade, thanks to trading rights with the Ming Dynasty and the influx of Chinese families, who helped managed oceanic dealings. During this private tour, you will learn about the Ryuku Imperial family, the influence of the Chinese on the island's culture and the fall of the Dynasty in the 19th century, due to Japanese pirates and increased competition from Portuguese traders.

Travel to Shuri Castle, the Imperial Palace of King Sho Hashi, as well as the administrative center and royal court of the kingdom. Once there, you will enter through Shureimon Gate, the castle's iconic main gate that was once printed on the Japanese 2000-yen bill. Step inside Seiden, or the main castle, to see a replica of the king's throne and the queen's room. At nearby Tamaudun Museum you can pay respects to several members of the Royal Family entombed there and learn how the bones are ritually washed and placed in urns.

Walk along Kinjo-cho, a 300 meter (984 feet) long ancient limestone paved path connecting the castle to the Shikina-en Gardens that hosted the upper class and the Chinese envoy. These gardens showcase a beautiful blend of Japanese promenade design with Chinese hexagonal pavilions. Note the Chinese arch-style bridges spanning the pond and keep an eye out for a sacred grove of 300-year-old trees. The traditional Okinawan method of rock piling can be seen in the Ikutoku-sen fountain.

While in Naha, stop by Tsuboya Pottery Street, the birthplace of yachimun or pottery crafted entirely out of indigenous Okinawa soil. Pop into the pottery museum and learn how pottery is made, then stroll through colorful displays of pottery and pick up a small, handcrafted shisa to protect yourself from evil spirits. You can also take a break in one of the many cafes for a drink or quick bite.

This 6-hour private tour is a must-do for history and architecture lovers! Sign up for this popular tour today.

Please Note: The Entrance Fees (Shuri Castle, Tama Udun and Shikina-en) are 15USD per person and port fee payable in person (not included in the price of your tour).