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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  • September 28, 2017
    Is a world heritage site go from watching the video at the gate to Nanjo City tourist information Center parking the car up, buy a ticket, walk, climb the Hill
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  • September 27, 2017
    A little slippery underfoot and there give prayer and going up the Hill, which is a sacred place, further huge two rocks. Looking up from the bottom of the space was very solemn.
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  • September 25, 2017
     Across the road from the car park along the main road. Restaurants, drinks and souvenirs shops and 10-in 15 minutes will take you to the funeral at ontake entrance. From there it also circulates funeral and prayer. I felt the holiness.
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  • March 27, 2017
    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.
  • March 7, 2017
    Good place to walk around woods. Sacred stones(boulders) is unique.
  • July 27, 2016
    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!
  • June 25, 2017
    Tranquil place with amazing history.
  • July 11, 2017
    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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