The Uga Shrine is located on an island in the middle of Lake Nojiri. The only way to access it is by a taking a cruise boat from Nojiri city. The cruise does a brief tour of the lake before stopping on the Island. You can spend as much time as you like visiting the shrine since you can hop on subsequent cruises as well for the return trip.
The Ikushimatarushima Shrine dates from the 9th century. The main prayer hall is built on a small island in the middle of a pond and most of the structures are of the classic vermillion red which is used to decorate shrines throughout Japan. The shrine structures, water elements, and vegetation blend beautifully.
Sefa Utaki is a historical sacred site that was once one of the most sacred place of worship of Ryukyu people. It is apparently where the goddess of creation came down to Earth. The sacred site is kept in a natural state. Many walking paths lead to impressive rock formations through the dense forest.
The cave of Shirumichu is though of being the place where gods Shirumichu and Amamichu, the creator gods of Okinawa, gave their first birth. It is now a popular place to pray for pregnancy and safe delivery.
Zakimi Castle is a Ryukyu castle in Okinawa whose walls and foundations have been restored. The castle was built in the 15th century and belonged to the famed general Gosamaru. The site is now a UNESCO world heritage site and is open to visitors for free.
This small piece of land attached to the island of Hamahiga in Okinawa is a sacred site of the Ryukyu religion. It is known as the tomb of Amamichu, the creator god of Okinawa. A small shrine on the island is dedicated to the god.
The Nakijin Castle ruins are the remnants of an important castle of the Ryukyu kingdom. Interestingly, one of the upper levels of the castle was a sacred site accessible only to women in order to maintain the site’s purity. Nowadays, a museum featuring artifacts excavated on the premises of the castle is located next to the ruins.