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Opening of the gate ceremony (Shurijo Castle)


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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)
Time: 8:25-8:45
Place: Hoshinmon Gate in Shurijo Castle Park's free area
Admission: Free
*The ceremony may be canceled due to inclement weather.