During the Ryukyu Kingdom era, Shurijo Castle served as the royal residence of the king and his family as well as the headquarters of the Shuri government.
Ukejo — a traditional ceremony featuring the opening of the Hoshinmon Gate by the gate guardians, who are dressed in costumes reminiscent of the clothing worn by Shuri government officials — is held every morning starting at 8:25. Elegant classic Ryukyuan music is played in the background for about 15 minutes after the opening of the gate, creating an extraordinary, solemn atmosphere.
Date: Every day (except for the first Wed and the following day of July)
Place: Hoshinmon Gate in Shurijo Castle Park’s free area
*The ceremony may be canceled due to inclement weather.