Sefa Utaki

Sightseeing information about Sefa Utaki in Japan.


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Sefa Utaki, located in Chinen Peninsula, is one of the most sacred places worshiped by people in Okinawa and its nearby islands. Utaki means a holy place in the local language and prayer ceremonies are usually performed only by females. This Utaki was established in the 15-16 centuries and the royal ladies were selected to perform ceremonies.

The site is on the forested hillside and is reached through a cobbled pathway and huge rock formations. Major highlights on the approach include a triangle-shaped tunnel that was naturally created by two giant slabs of stone. Visitors are recommended to wear non-slippery shoes as the path has steep stairs and slippery cobbles.

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Airport/Sta.Naha Airport (about 18km) Google Transit

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5.04 months ago

Very cool historic spiritual site in Okinawa. Note you can't drink anything while visiting the site so ensure you are well hydrated before hand. Take your time and enjoy the silence and the nature. If you're lucky you may get to witness a high priestess praying at one of the many rock shrines.

5.05 months ago

Really great historical religious site. There is a great (but rather long) video in the parking area where you purchase your tickets that does a great job of explaining the history. It’s in Japanese however there are English subtitles. It’s a great little hike with amazing views and rich historical significance. The map is also available in English.

5.02 months ago

The slope is fairly steep. 10mins walk from carpark

5.07 months ago

Another must go place in Okinawa! it’s better when you have a guide or somebody who can give you information so you can learn more about Okinawa history and culture!
try a snacks! it’s so great!

5.05 months ago

Rich history. Amazing views fam, sheesh.

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