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
5.0a week ago
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!
5.0a month ago
Just like most of the good things here in Okinawa if you are not looking specifically for it you might miss it. Amazing and historical.
5.0a month ago
Fascinating and mystical place. Totally absorbed by the history and culture.
4.06 months 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.
5.03 months ago
What a wonderful place to visit. Make sure to wear comfortable walking shoes and be prepared for a lot of walking. The path is not stroller friendly.