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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
    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... 
    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 »
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  • A place of worship that were used by the during the Ryukyu Kindgdom. The whole walk takes about 20 mins inside, but to get here from the parking spot takes about 7 min walk. There was a section that was used as a artillery position during WWII but that was closed due to a landslide. It was also interesting to see a artillery hole that is left as it is to show the damage done to this island during the war.
  • Good place to learn about the ryukyu religion and get a beautiful view.

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