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
4.0a month ago
It is a place of world cultural heritage. Those who like history must come. Very sacred place
5.08 months ago
We drove down to check out this Japan World Heritage site this past weekend. I checked prior to arrival that you had to purchase tickets. I read ¥200 for adults and ¥100 for kids. When I purchased tickets via the vending machine the price had gone up ¥100 for both adults and kids. No biggie on my end, but I want others to be prepared. You walk across the street from the welcome center and about a quarter mile before you arrive at the site. When you start your walk you will hand over your ticket and receive a brochure in your language. You can walk at your own pace and take as many pictures as you want throughout the park. We spent around an hour walking/viewing/taking pictures with our boys. Be sure and read each marker for details at each spot (there's English which is rare for most Japan sites). I enjoyed this historical site and recommend it for all interested in history. It might be difficult (mainly distance and rough terrain) for young children.
4.0a month ago
Okinawan popular worshipping place in the pass.
5.02 weeks ago
Good place to learn about the ryukyu religion and get a beautiful view.
4.010 months ago
It is a very quiet and sacred place. The parking is across from the street near the souvenir shops, and it is 10-minute walk to the site.There will be some stairs and slippery slopes, so if you have difficulty in walking, this may not be a good place for you.
Once you enter, they will ask you to watch the short 3-minute video to understand the purpose of this place. It is a very special place for the locals, and you might see people praying at various locations. The walkway or trail is surrounded by lush green. It is a different experience to learn some history and culture.