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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. For Sefa-Utaki and beyond, use our Nanjo trip itinerary builder to get the most from your Nanjo vacation.
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  • You feel like quiet mind, somehow did not come and say and mythology. May be better seen on Russia at the video so if you have time. (Their facilities--was just raw hard voice. ) Is pretty good. Buy ticket office at the station near the road, about a 10-minute walk. We recommend that you set niraikanai bridge was near a shop in the sea snakes near the chinen Cape Park.
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  • I guess it from looking at it so far to buy tickets to see video 30 minutes in the seifa-Utaki is understandable. In a sacred place to want to leave, I thought. Passion fruit drink on the road within walking distance to the seifa-Utaki 100% juice ye summer, choke not in smell delicious.
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  • Was not prepared for the intense heat and humidity but it was worth it. The huge spiders up in the trees were a site as well. If you are in Okinawa this place is worth a visit.  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!
  • Tranquil place with amazing history.
  • very peaceful place, worth to go

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Where to stay in Nanjo

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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