Ungusuku-utaki, a place of worship, is said to have been founded about 300 years ago. Entering the shrine gate, or “tori,” the two or three meter-wide road continues for approximately 40 meters to the utaki, where many large fukugi (garcinia) trees grow. This utaki has flora thought to be potential natural vegetation of Tarama Island. Many slow-growing fukugi trees grow here, an academically valuable plant community. Fukugi trees watch over ritual events practiced eight times a year, protecting the sanctuary.