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Sefa-Utaki

Chinenguteken, Nanjo 901-1511, Okinawa Prefecture
+81 98-949-1899
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Very moving ancient sacred site

This area was a highly sacred site during the Ryukyu Kingdom period in Okinawa, and is now a World... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Ms_Yokohama2014
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Yokohama, Japan
Scared place . Best to visit later part of the day

We managed to squeeze in a very last min trip to this place . The whole area only requires about... read more

Reviewed 31 May 2018
valentine d
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Chinenguteken, Nanjo 901-1511, Okinawa Prefecture
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This area was a highly sacred site during the Ryukyu Kingdom period in Okinawa, and is now a World Heritage Site. We started by watching a very interesting and informative (free) video, bilingual in Japanese and English. After that, we’d planned to walk through the...More

Thank Ms_Yokohama2014
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Reviewed 31 May 2018 via mobile

We managed to squeeze in a very last min trip to this place . The whole area only requires about 30-40mins but you need around 10 mins to walk up to the site as cars and bus are not allowed . We reached close to...More

Thank valentine d
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Reviewed 8 April 2018 via mobile

I visited here on the advice of several locals. While I appreciate the religious and historical significance of the place, I was not impressed with what was on offer - essentially a loop trail that passed several rock formations/worship sites. Too many people were on...More

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Reviewed 2 April 2018

As it is still a place for worship, we were told to look at an introductory video before we enter the site for real. It was interesting to see how a worship is carried out and it also taught us what not to do as...More

Thank MLME1994
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Reviewed 6 February 2018 via mobile

This place is one of the world heritage site in Okinawa. Utaki means sacred place. From ancient time people in Okinawa believe that god is in the nature. Only women who were high rank in religion were permitted to enter this place. There are some...More

1  Thank RabbitMan41
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Reviewed 4 February 2018 via mobile

If you are in Nanjo, do drop by this location since it's by the way. A good 30 mins to spend here and have a stroll here. Quaint art stores and cafes on the way in.

Thank Jazzae80
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Reviewed 14 January 2018

We visited Sefa Utaki twice in January 2018. the first time in overcast, rainy and chilly weather, the second in bright sunshine and a lot warmer. There were very few visitors the first time, but not ridiculous number the second. This is a place that...More

Thank rtimhunt
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Reviewed 4 January 2018

My concern is it is quite difficult to walk along inside, it is a rock and some slippery. So please be precaution if you come with children or Senior. The place is sacred and very calm. It is difficult to understand this place especially when...More

Thank Nararat B
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Reviewed 25 December 2017 via mobile

There’s a 500m walk from the carpark to the compound. It’s a nice quiet walk within Sefa Utaki. As other reviews mentioned, we watched the videos before entering the site. It really helped us get an understanding of the place while we walked through the...More

Thank Stephanie G
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Reviewed 14 October 2017

立ち入った瞬間、背筋がピンと伸びる程に神々しい雰囲気が漂う史跡です。鬱蒼とした森の中でありながら全くの暗さは無く、散策している間、ずっと、自然と数百年の時を重ねた人の祈りに込められた力を感じました。不思議なもので、こういった史跡は、子どもからお年寄り、果ては海外観光客に至るまで、自然と静かになります。物見遊山のためのスポットではないことは、人種や年齢を問わず感じるようです。 歩道のほとんどがゴツゴツした石畳です。一部、急な坂道もあるため、歩きやすい靴を履くことをお勧めします。 At the moment you entered this site, you'll straighten your spine. As much as it will be with nature, I think that there is a spiritual atmosphere here. Just by touching historical sites and rocks, you may feel the human prayers spanning hundreds...More

Thank Cyber0515
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