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Sefa-Utaki, Nanjo

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Historic Site Tourist Spot
Visit the sacred complex of Sefa-Utaki, one of the most important holy sites of the indigenous Ryukyuan people and part of a World Heritage Site. The historic complex, made up of caves and rock formations surrounded by a verdant forest, served as a Ryukyuan place of worship for millennia until Okinawa was annexed by Japan. Admire the peaceful shrine area, which supposedly only female priestesses could enter, while the king had to dress in women’s clothes to access the site. For Sefa-Utaki and beyond, use our Nanjo trip itinerary builder to get the most from your Nanjo vacation.
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  • This place is about 45 minutes by car outside of Naha. The whole visit takes about 1-1.5 hours at most. It is not stroller let alone wheel-chair friendly due to the stoney paths. Wear good hiking shoe...  more »
  • I am glad to have visited for its cultural significance. It was eye opening to imagine the pilgrimage that used to take place on foot to this site from a castle I had visited hours away. At times when...  more »
  • A very relaxing place that explains Okinawan's beliefs about the creation of the Islands and the religions and customs that governed their way of life.  more »
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  • Amazing and sacred place definitely worth your time. Please just pay respect to the locals who are going there to pray. So no selfies or pictures of them. When you're lucky enough being few minutes alone you can definitely feel the calmness of this place.
  • Good place to walk around woods. Sacred stones(boulders) is unique.
  • This is a very sacred and spiritual place but beautiful to visit and take photos of. The huge rock that looks like it split over the years is very chilling as you walk under it to the other side. There is a nice look out point across the ocean. Will take just an hour of your day to visit so highly encourage it!
  • A spiritual sacred place of Okinawa in 15th century, embrace the ancient spirit and elevate your soul here.
  • A must see spot on Okinawa. Not much to see though, but the walk through the tropical forest is amazing.