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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. 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 nearby Cape Chinen Park which we whisked by from. The carpark is pretty near the ticket office to purchase admission tickets. Thankfully the staff at the ticket office briefed us on the way to....  more »
  • A place of worship for the local Ryukyu people. Was a little confusing as the park was quite a distance from the parking area. There was a one hour movie on the place, which was not too exciting...  more »
  • This is the most sacred place in all the Ryukyu! This place is charged with history of the local believe. There is also a nice forest with big trees on the edge of huge rocks!
  • Very beautiful place, very calm place to visit.

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