Sefa Utaki (֏) is an important sacred site of the indigenous Okinawan religion, which, similar to Shinto, places emphasis on the worship of nature. The site is located on a densely forested hillside along the ocean and features several rock formations, which are connected with each other by walking trails. Sefa Utaki is included as one of Okinawa's World Heritage sites.

Although regarded as a powerful spiritual site beforehand, it was in the early 16th century that Sefa Utaki came into prominence. During this period the Okinawan religion underwent reorganization and centralization under the royal government, and Sefa Utaki became one of the main locations for religious ceremonies and rituals. Reflecting the strong connection between the royal family and the religion, the sites for prayers at Sefa Utaki were named after important places in Shuri Castle.

Getting there and around

Sefa Utaki is located on the southeastern side of Okinawa Honto, about 15 kilometers from Naha.

By bus

Take bus number 38 or 338 from Naha Bus Terminal to Sefa Utaki Iriguchi (֏ԓ, 60 minutes, 850 yen, 1-2 buses/hour), from where the site can be reached in a 5-10 minute walk.

By car

By car, it takes about 45 minutes to reach Sefa Utaki from central Naha.

How to get to and around Okinawa Honto

Hours and Fees


9:00 to 18:00 (until 17:30 November through February)
Admission ends 30 minutes before closing


Three days each during the 5th and 10th month of the lunar calendar, which usually corresponds to June and October/November in the solar calendar


300 yen

Typical Visit Duration

45 minutes

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