World Heritage: Sefa Utaki4.3
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.
Airport/Sta.Naha Airport (about 18km) Google Transit
4.04 weeks ago
It's quite a way away from the city, but I think it was worth it. You will find yourself in a serene environment, devoid of modern culture. At ¥300 it's not expensive, and the area is well kempt for that.
You need no more than about half an hour to enjoy this place, as it is quite small.
Be sure to buy a ticket at the ticket counter, which is glued to the large parking lot. I'm not sure it's possible to buy one after walking up to the entrance.
5.0a week ago
Sacred place since 15th century. You can enjoy the great view, rock and the sea from this tranquil and serene nature.
5.0a month ago
World Heritage site. No tours in English but signs are in English. Small significant Okinawa heritage site.
3.03 months ago
Big name place, but quite small size and not a lot to see. Mostly a ruins in a sort of wilderness ravines hills type of setting.
5.08 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.