Okinawa

Seifa-Utaki

Journeys through Japanese legends

Seifa-Utaki

Seifa-Utaki is registered as a World Heritage Site along with Shuri Castle. Utaki is a generic name used to designate one of the many sacred places in Okinawa, and Seifa-Utaki, which appears in the legend of the genesis of the Ryukyus, has been revered as "the most sacred place of the Ryukyu Kingdom," and a national festival has been held there since the period of Court rule. Located on the hill of Chinen in Nanjo City, this is the place of worship of Kudakajima Island, which is also called the Island of the Gods.

The approach to Seifa-Utaki, lined by subtropical plants

There are no man-made structures such as shrines inside Seifa-Utaki. Instead, there are scattered places of worship made of Ryukyu limestone, including the megalith Sangui, where God is believed to come down. On either side of the stone-paved paths that connect these places, subtropical plants luxuriate. The deeper you go, the stronger the pristine atmosphere becomes.

A spectacular spot overlooking the "Island of the Gods”

The Cape Chinen Park with its dedicated parking lot for Seifa-Utaki is the best scenic spot at the southern end of Okinawa’s main island. From the observation deck of the cape protruding into the ocean, a beautiful emerald green ocean with white waves along the reef spreads out under your eyes, and you can see Kudakajima Island, which is also called “the island of the gods.” This is a very popular spot for admiring the sunrise and the starry sky on clear nights.

Crossing the Nirai Bridge and Kannai Bridge

These are bridges by the sea in Nanjo City, where Seifa-Utaki is. They are a popular as nice places to catch a sight of Kudakajima Island, or the “Island of the Gods,” across the sea while enjoying a drive.

Low-price and tasty Okinawa steak

In Okinawa, steaks might almost be called the prefectural food. Steak restaurants can be found in various places, letting you enjoy a delicious and hearty steak for a reasonable price.

INFORMATION

Location/Access Chinen Kudeken, Nanjo City, Okinawa
About 50 minutes by car (rental) from Naha Airport
Opening hours March to October 9:00 to 18:00 (last admission: 17:30)
November - February 9:00 to 17:30 (last admission: 17:00)
Closed May 26-28, 2017, November 18-20
June 14-16, 2018, November 8-10
Inquiries For general information about sightseeing in Nanjo City
Nanjo City Tourism Association
Tel: 098-948-4660 
http://okinawa-nanjo.jp/

For information about Seifa-Utaki
Midori-no-Yakata Seifa
Tel: 098-949-1899

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