Re-created Shuri Castle set to be largest miniature at Tobu World Square

The Yomiuri Shimbun
A miniature Shuri Castle site is seen after it was installed in the Japan Zone of Tobu World Square in Nikko, Tochigi Prefecture, on April 6.

NIKKO, Tochigi — A re-creation of Naha’s Shuri Castle will be exhibited from April 24 at Tobu World Square in Nikko, Tochigi Prefecture. The elaborate miniature castle constructed at 1/25 scale has been set up ahead of its first appearance at the Tobu theme park where dioramas of other famous buildings from around the world are also on display.

At one time a royal palace, the castle served as the political and cultural center of the Ryukyu Kingdom (1429-1879). It was burned down during the 1945 Battle of Okinawa, but it was later restored and the Seiden main hall and other core sections were opened to the public as Shurijo Castle Park in 1992. But the castle was again severely damaged by a fire that ripped through the grounds in October 2019.