"Utaki" is the collective name for the sacred places widely distributed in the Nansei Islands. Sefa-utaki is the most sacred site of Ryukyu Kingdom, and it appears in legends about the beginning of Ryukyu. There are six sanctuaries called "Ibi" within Sefa-utaki. Among them, Ufugui, Yuinchi and Sangui are the same as the the names of the rooms in Shuri castle, which implies the strong relationship between erstwhile Shuri castle and Sefa-utaki.
In the distant Ryukyu Kingdom, sacred white sand was brought specially from Kudaka, "Island of the gods," and was spread all over the ground of Sefa-utaki for national rituals. The most important ritual was "Oaraori," the inauguration ceremony of the Kikoeokimi priestess. Sefa-utaki is now appreciated by many people as a part of "Agariumai" pilgrimage to sacred placed in Ryukyu, where you can see what the pilgrimage by the kings of Ryukyu and Kikoeokimis were like.
|Opening hours:||9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. (last entry at 5:30 p.m.) in March to October
9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. (last entry at 5:00 p.m.) in November to February
|Tickets are sold at:||Nanjo City Local Products Center
until 5:15 p.m. in March to October
until 4:45 p.m. in November to February
|Admission fee:||Adult (high school student and avobe): 300 yen
Child (elementary and junior high school students): 150 yen
Group (20 people and more) : 200 yen
|Closed on:||3-5 June 2019
28-30 October 2019
21-23 June 2020
15-17 November 2020
Note: Twice a year (May 1-3 and October 1-3 in the lunar calendar) in order to secure the silence as a sacred place and to preserve the nature.
|Parking lot:||Up to 150 cars can park for free of charge.
Parking space (approx. 150 cars) is at Ganju station in Nanjo and at Cape Chinen Park. 7-10 min (approx. 400 meters) walk from parking spaces to Sefa-utaki.
|Note:||Please wear comfortable clothes and shoes in case you walk on bumpy roads.|
If you are interested in more details of Sefa-utaki, joining a guide tour is recommended. You can learn the myth related to Sefa-utaki, history of Ryukyu Kingdom and its spiritual culture.
■Guide tour (regular) Fee: 300 yen for a person (high school student and avobe)
Departure time: 9:30 a.m./10:30 a.m./11:30 a.m./0:30 p.m./2:00 p.m./2:30 p.m./3:30 p.m./4:00 p.m.
■Guide tour (booking) Fee: 2,000 yen for a group (up to 10 people)
+100 yen for an extra person
Tour duration: Approx. 50 min (can be discussed) Opening hours: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Inquiry and booking:
Midori no Yakata Sefa Tel: 098-949-1899
Fee: 2,000 yen for a group (up to 10 people)
+100 yen for an extra person
Opening hours: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Note: Prior booking is recommended.
Please avoid sandals and high heels for your safety.
World Cultural Heritage Sefa-utaki
〒 901-1511 Chinen-kudeken, Nanjo City, Okinawa
Ticket office: Nanjo City Local Products Center 539 Chinen-kudeken, Nanjo City, Okinawa
Parking lot: Up to 150 cars can park for free of charge.
Parking space is at Nanjo City Local Products Center and at Cape Chinen Park. 7-10 min walk from parking spaces to Sefa-utaki.