Sefa-Utaki, Nanjo

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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. Plan your Sefa-Utaki visit and explore what else you can see and do in Nanjo using our Nanjo tour itinerary builder tool .
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  • It is a 2 second seifa-Utaki. Than previously had been changed around Oita. Is a lot of "haisyo" of holy place. There are people who do not enter Japanese or foreign, or to enter. Take care and please around.
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  • This place is considered to be the most sacred of the archipelago and is part of the seven original utaki historical mythology of the Ryūkyū. It is by fiat of a path in the forest of a hill with a few demi-grottes and a few sacred stones to greet in passing... Very esoteric for Westerners and not even very nice.
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  • Nanjo, Okinawa world heritage funeral at ontake in the last visit and air a very sacred feeling, want to come visit again, this guide and it's surroundings on the tour, deeper than in the description of the local culture and history of the Ryukyu Kingdom, identified the common meaning of the six of us at. Guide me in here is not a power spot, is a place of prayer. The word was impressive. Still light in the space of a triangle of 3 warehouse management point sight something moved.
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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!
  • Tranquil place with amazing history.
  • very peaceful place, worth to go

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Like in most cities in Okinawa, Nanjo offers a contrast of basic lodgings and expensive, fancy resorts. Hotels tend follow the coastline south and east of Nanjo, with luxurious options perched on the hilltop above the city offering views of Nakagusuku Bay. Bed & breakfast-type pensions are the most common mid-range options, but you can also find inexpensive "ryokan" (traditional guesthouses) close to the beach. Inexpensive guesthouses can be found on Ojima Island, just off the coast and accessible via bridge.
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