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Sefa-Utaki

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Address: Chinenguteken, Nanjo 901-1511 , Okinawa Prefecture
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Beautiful but crowded site

I am glad to have visited for its cultural significance. It was eye opening to imagine the pilgrimage that used to take place on foot to this site from a castle I had visited... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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San Diego, California
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Canada
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46 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This place is about 45 minutes by car outside of Naha. The whole visit takes about 1-1.5 hours at most. It is not stroller let alone wheel-chair friendly due to the stoney paths. Wear good hiking shoes or runners with good treads as there are some steep inclines involved, and the paths will get slippery in wet weather. Washroom facilities... More 

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San Diego, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I am glad to have visited for its cultural significance. It was eye opening to imagine the pilgrimage that used to take place on foot to this site from a castle I had visited hours away. At times when the cobblestone path was clear, the forest was incredibly peaceful and relaxing. The experience, however, was unfortunately marred by road blocking... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2017

A very relaxing place that explains Okinawan's beliefs about the creation of the Islands and the religions and customs that governed their way of life.

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Thank Craig M
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 January 2017 via mobile

I was expecting a holy circumstance here. If you watch the short film before you climb, this place can give you a relevant feeling. Besides you can have a glimpse of the vivid blue color of the ocean. Do not forget the blue seal ice cream when you come back to the parking lot after tour.

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Thank Stan L
Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2016 via mobile

The video shown at the Nanjo tourism office gives a comprehensive background of the historical and religious significance of the place. However, the stone path leading to that place can be quite slippery so it is better to go there when it is not raining.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2016 via mobile

It was an okay place to check out but only if you are in the area, not really worth making a special trip. Parking was a bit of an annoying since it is separate from the site itself. Don't forget to buy your entrance ticket here, there is a vending machine. There is also a building you can enter and... More 

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Hilo, Hawaii
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

If you're into culture and history, this is a must see. You can "google it" and read all about it. My main reason for reviewing this is more as a warning. Though a "must see", I would not recommend it for those who have issues walking. Like most spots in Japan/Okinawa, it's definitely not ADA. Visiting requires walking up and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016 via mobile

It's really touching to learn about the customs and religious ceremonies of an old disappearing culture. But even besides that,, the place is beautiful, the forest really has serenity, it's clear why they chose it for talking with their gods. Highly recommend a visit. Try to come before or after the masses.

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Hong Kong
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2016

To me, there was not much to see, basically a simple historical and religious site. It's just like a small park which you could walk at your own pace and explore it yourself. We went there by following a tour thus found it was a bit overpriced.

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Cotswolds, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2016

We visited Sefa Utaki on our way to the aiport. It was a scorching day and it felt so good to be under the trees in such an old place. The views from the upper part of Sefa Utaki are breath taking and it is perfect for meditation. No man made monument, just humongous stones.

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