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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 seems that the king at that time made a pilgrimage to this land as a holy place. There seems to have been other holy places, but I think that this place puts emphasis on preservation as it was at that time. This is when you can feel the romance and spirit of ryukyu history. The sidewalk is slippery because there is a place of steep stairs and the soil, too. I think that i should avoid sandals firmly at the feet.
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  • It is a related facility of ryukyu kingdom of the World Heritage. It is famous as a shrine. What did you worship while looking at Kutaka island, which is said to be the island where God dwells?
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  • 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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