Discover a World Cultural Heritage site, and the Ryukyu Kingdom’s most sacred place
“Utaki” is the collective name for sacred places scattered throughout the Nansei Islands. Sefa-utaki is considered to be one of the most sacred places in the from Ryukyu Kindgom, and is still visited by many worshippers and other visitors today as part of the “Agariumai” pilgrimage, which echoes the ritual pilgrimages of the Ryukyu kings and “Kikoe Okimi” priestess of the past. There are six sanctuaries within Sefa-utaki, three of which share the same names as rooms in Shurijo Castle. It is therefore said that there is a deep connection between Sefa-utaki and the castle itself.
Address: 539 Chinen-kudeken, Nanjo-shi, Okinawa
Hours: 9am to 6pm (last admission: 5:30pm), November to February: 9am to 5:30pm (last admission: 5:00pm)
Closed: June 21 to 23, and November 15 to 17, 2020
[Request to tourists visiting sacred places]
- Please do not take rocks or plants found in sacred places home with you.
- Please do not tread on or move the square rocks or incense burners found in places of worship.
- Where there are guides, please act in accordance with their guidance.
- Please do not speak to or take pictures of people who are praying.
- Please be sure to take any trash home with you.