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Touring Sakai No.1

Here is a brief description of the popular course that is the favorite of professional travel agencies.
The romantic course starts at the 21st story lobby of the Sakai City Hall from which you can enjoy a 360 degrees panoramic view of the city, and includes the old part of city, a tour of the historic old shops that produce incense and knives, which are the traditional industries of Sakai, Myokokuji Temple, which is famous for its cycad tree, which is said to be 1100 years old, Zen temple Nanshuji at which famous masters of ceremonial tea such as Sen-no-Rikyu undertook ascetic training, and the Nintoku-ryo Tumulus, which is one of the Mozu Tumulus Cluster, which aims to be listed on the World Heritage registry.
Why not try some treasure hunting in Sakai, which has been transformed into a tourist attraction?

21st story observation lobby of The Sakai City Hall
The top floor of the Sakai City Hall is a galleried lobby that provides a 360 degree panoramic view of the city from 80 meters above the ground. The observation lobby is a popular spot from which you can see the Rokko Mountains, Kansai International Airport, Mt. Ikoma / Kongo, Osaka Castle, and so forth. Sakai, which is the site of a hidden history including one of the world’s three great imperial mausoleums, the Nintoku-ryo Tumulus (Daisen Tumulus), unfolds before your eyes. It is also a good place to relax over a cup of coffee.

  • the Sakai City Hall

  • See southeast and Nintoku-ryo Tumulus from 21st story
Hours9:00 am to 9:00 pm
AdmissionFree
Open365 days a year
Access Take the Nankai-Koya Line and get off at Sakaihigashi Station.
Address3-1 Minamikawara-machi, Sakai-ku, Sakai City
TEL Tourist Information: 072-233-1101 (Sakai City Hall)
※Hours:10:00 am-4:30 pm (closed on the first Monday of each month and for end/new year holidays)
Old Gunsmith's House (Not open to the general public.)
After Tachibanaya Matasaburo brought to Sakai the gun manufaduing method from the island of Tanegashima to Sakai, the region went on to become Japan's largest producer of matchlock guns. Currently this important building is the only extant gunsmith shop from the Edo period.

  • Interior (not open to the public)
Access Take the Nankai Line and get off at Shichido Station.
Access2 Take the Hankai Line and get off at Takasu-jinja stop.
Address1-3-22 Kitahatago-cho-Nishi, Sakai-ku, Sakai City
Kunshudo
Sakai, which was the hub of trade with Spain and Portugal, imported raw fragrances at the end of the 16th century, and was the town that produced the first incense in Japan. Sakai was known as an incense production area during the Edo Period. Founded in 1887, Kunshudo has continued to produce incense by traditional methods for three generations spanning over 100 years.
Built at the end of the Edo Period, the shop maintains the vestige of an old merchant family of Sakai. The structure features a window on the second story that is characteristic of the period called “mushiko” window. The appearance of the structure perfectly fits the traditional craft image.
Hours9:00am to 6:00pm
ClosedSundays
Access Take the Nankai Line and get off at Shichido Station.
Access2 Take the Hankai Line and get off at Takasu-Jinja Stop.
Address 2-1 Kitahan-cho-Nishi, Sakai-ku, Sakai City
TEL072-232-2549
FAX072-232-2549
URLhttp://www.kunsyudou.jp
Mizuno Tanrenjo
The Mizuno Tanrenjo is a workshop that forges Japanese swords and knives which began operating in 1872 in approximately the same place as its current location. The workshop forged and donated the huge talisman kama that were erected in the four directions of the kurin at the national treasure five-story pagoda when major repairs of Horyuji Temple were undertaken after World War II. There is a display of 1300-year-old nails in the shop that were collected when the talisman kama, which is re-erected once each 300 years, was disassembled and the nails were re-forged. You can actually hold the nails in your hand. The shop also forges swords presented to the top college sumo wrestlers from all over the country.
Swords forged here are owned by famous sumo wrestlers such as former yokozuna Wajima, and Asashio, and ozeki Kotomitsuki, who is still currently wrestling.

  • Interior of workshop

  • Same talisman kama as was donated to Horyuji Temple
Hours9:00am to 6:00pm
AdmissionFree
ClosedSaturdays, Sundays and national holidays
Access Take the Hankai Line and get off at Ayanocho Stop.
Address 1-1-27 Sakurano-cho-Nishi, Sakai-ku, Sakai City
TEL072-229-3253
FAX072-228-1354
URLhttp://www.mizunotanrenjo.jp
Myokokuji Temple
Myokokuji Temple was constructed in 1562. Legend has it that the giant cycad trees on the temple's grounds were once transplanted to Azuchi Castle in accordance with the wishes of Oda Nobunaga but were subsequently returned to Sakai as they cried nightly of their desire to return. The trees have been designated a Natural Monument. The temple is also famous as the site where 11 Tosa samurai committed ritual suicide following the Sakai Incident in 1868.

  • The only Cycas revolute Karesansui in Japan

  • Gourd-shaped water bowl donated by Sen-no-Rikyu
Hours10:00 am to 4:00 pm (reservation are required in case of visiting 15 people )
AdmissionAdults ¥400.school-children and junior high school ¥200
Closedclosed on the first Monday of each month and for end/new year holidays
AccessTake the Hankai Line and get off at Myokokujimae stop.
Address4-1-4 Zaimoku-cho-Higashi, Sakai-ku, Sakai City
TEL072-233-0369
Nanshuji Temple
Originally built by Miyoshi Chokei in 1557 and founded by Dairin Soto, the 90th head priest of Daitokuji Temple, Nanshuji Temple burned to the ground during the battle fought between Toyotomi Hideyoshi and Tokugawa Ieyasu. It was rebuilt by Takuwan in 1617. On its grounds is a landscaped garden that has been designated a national scenic site, a pagoda built in memory of the Sen family, and the Jissoan teahouse.

  • Main Hall

  • Main Gate (Kanro-mon)
Hours9:00 am to 4:00 pm
AdmissionAdults ¥400, middle and high school students ¥300, children ¥200
AccessTake the Hankai Line and get off at Goryomae stop.
Address3-1-2 Minamihatago-cho-Higashi, Sakai-ku, Sakai City
TEL072-232-1654
Sakai City Museum
Sakai City Museum presents the history of Sakai in a clear, easily understood format. Exhibits occupying about 1,330 square meters of gallery space introduce the ancient, medieval, premodern, and modern periods of the city's history. Information is also available in video form, and the Museum holds special exhibits focusing on selected themes every spring and autumn.

  • Model of structure at that time (Scale model of the world's three largest burial mounds)

  • Front entrance
Hours9:30 am to 5:15 pm(Doors close at 4:30 pm.)
ClosedMondays and days following national holidays
Admission¥200 (Admission fee is subject to change for special exhibits.)
AccessTake the JR Hanwa Line and get off at Mozu Station.
Address2 Mozusekiun-cho, Sakai-ku, Sakai City
Automated information service“Hello, Museum" (TEL 072-244-9898)
TEL072-245-6201
FAX072-245-6263
URLhttp://www.city.sakai.lg.jp/kanko/hakubutsukan/index.html
Nintoku-ryo Tumulus
Nintoku-ryo Tumulus is Japan's largest keyhole-shaped Kofun Tumulus; it is one of the Three Mozumimihara Tumulus, along with Hanzei-ryo Tumulus to the north and Richu-ryo Tumulus to the south.
The front of the mound faces south and consists of three layers, with a total length of about 486 meters. The round rear part has a diameter of about 249 meters and a height of about 35 meters, while the front has a width of about 305 meters and a height of about 33 meters. The constricted left and right areas have relic altars, and the entire mound is surrounded by three moats.
As befits Japan's largest keyhole-shaped Tumulus, there are more than 10 subordinate burial mounds, including Hinotani Tumulus, Chayama Tumulus, Daianjiyama Tumulus, Gen'emonyama Tumulus, Kitsuneyama Tumulus, Dongameyama Tumulus, Tsukamawari Tumulus, and Osamezuka Tumulus. However, with the exception of Tsukamawari Tumulus, the structures of the primary mounds and grave goods of these subordinate Tumuli generally remain unknown. Nintoku-ryo Tumulus is believed to date from the middle of the fifth century.
A promenade has been built along the south and west sides of the Tumulus.There is also a cherrytree-lined road running along the south side. Near the midpoint of the walkway on the western edge of the tomb is a monument inscribed with a tanka poem written by Inukai Takashi commemorating the Empress Iwanohime, wife of the Nintoku Emperor.

  • Place of worship on south side of tumulus
AccessTake the JR Hanwa Line and get off at Mozu Station.
AddressDaisen-cho, Sakai-ku, Sakai City

Touring Sakai No.2

Here is a brief description of another course popular with professional travel agencies.
The course starts at the 21st story lobby of the Sakai City Hall from which you can enjoy a 360 degrees panoramic view of the city, and includes Hochigai Shrine, which is known for warding off disasters, the periphery of the Old Sakai Lighthouse, Japan’s oldest western-style wooden lighthouse that still exists at the site, a museum of Sakai knives, which is a traditional industry of Sakai, the Sakai City Museum, where you can learn about the history and culture of Sakai, and the Sakai City Tea House, where you can enjoy green powdered tea.
How about taking a ride on the “Chinchin Densha” tram car, which is one of the attractions of the city, or leisurely stroll about “Sakai, the town that breathes history?”

21st story observation lobby of the Sakai City Hall
The top floor of the Sakai City Hall is a galleried lobby that provides a 360 degree panoramic view of the city from 80 meters above the ground. The observation lobby is a popular spot from which you can see the Rokko Mountains, Kansai International Airport, Mt. Ikoma / Kongo, Osaka Castle, and so forth. Sakai, which is the site of a hidden history including one of the world’s three great imperial mausoleums, the Nintoku-ryo Tumulus (Daisen Tumulus), unfolds before your eyes. It is also a good place to relax over a cup of coffee.

  • The Sakai City Hall

  • See southeast and Nintoku-ryo Tumulus from 21st story
Hours9:00am to 9:00pm
AdmissionFree
Open365 days a year
Access Take the Nankai-Koya Line and get off at Sakaihigashi Station.
Address3-1 Minamikawara-machi, Sakai-ku, Sakai City
TEL Tourist Information: 072-233-1101 (Sakai City Hall)
※Hours: 10:00 am-4:30 pm (closed on the first Monday of each month and for end/new year holidays)
Hochigai Shrine
Long ago when travelers' journeys would take them in an unlucky direction, they would first set out in a direction other than their intended one. Built as a place for such travelers to pray, Hochigai Shrine is unusual in all Japan. At the Chimaki festival held every year on May 31, participants are given chimaki cakes wrapped in wild rice leaves.
Hours/admissionNone/free
AccessTake the Nankai-koya Line and get off at Sakaihigashi Station.
Address2-2-1 Kitamikunigaoka-cho, Sakai-ku, Sakai City
TEL072-232-1216
Old Sakai Lighthouse
This wooded, hexagonal Western-style lighthouse stands 11.3 meters tall and is located on old Sakai Harbor's southern seawall. The structure was funded with donations from the citizens of Sakai. Completed in 1877, the lighthouse helped protect ships as they came and went from Sakai Harbor for nearly 100 years. The progressive reclamation of land from the sea forced its closure in 1968. It remains today as one of the symbols of Sakai and has been designated a national historic site in recognition of its status as one of Japan's oldest wooden Western-style lighthouses. (The interior is not open to the general public.)
AccessTake the Nankai Line and get off at Sakai Station.
Address5-1-22 Ohamakita-machi, Sakai-ku, Sakai City
Ryujoshinzo, Princess Otohime-Princess of the Dragon Palace
Placed in front of the Ohama Acquarium for the fifth Domestic Industrial Exhibition held in 1903, the statue was removed when the aquarium was closed and torn down due to the construction of the area's coastal industrial zone following the destruction of the area by the No. 2 Muroto typhoon. The Statue of the Dragon Goddess was restored as a symbol of peace and prosperity on the occasion of the celebration of the 110th anniversary of the incorporation of Sakai in the year 2000.
AccessTake the Nankai Line and get off at Sakai Station.
AddressKita-hato-tottei, Sakai-ku, Sakai City
Sakai HAMONO Museum (Sakai Traditional Edge Tools Industry Hall)
Visitors to the Sakai HAMONO Museum can explore the world of knife-making and gain hands-on experience in one of Sakai's best-known traditional industries. Demonstrations of the processes used to manufacture forged blades and classes on how to make and sharpen knives bring visitors face to face with the skill of Sakai's famed cutlery craftsmen. Local products are also on exhibit and sale, providing an excellent way to rediscover the magic of Sakai.
Hours10:00 am to 5:00 pm
ClosedTuesdays
AdmissionFree
Access Take the Hankai Line and get off at Myokokujimae stop.
Address1-1-30 Zaimoku-cho-Nishi, Sakai-ku, Sakai City
TEL072-227-1001
FAX072-238-8906
URLhttp://www.sakaihamono.or.jp/museum01.html
Sakai City Museum
Sakai City Museum presents the history of Sakai in a clear, easily understood format. Exhibits occupying about 1,330 square meters of gallery space introduce the ancient, medieval, premodern, and modern periods of the city's history. Information is also available in video form, and the Museum holds special exhibits focusing on selected themes every spring and autumn.

  • National important cultural assets carved from sandalwood
    Standing statue of Kannon bodhisattva

  • World’s largest 17th century matchlock
Hours9:30 am to 5:15 pm(Doors close at 4:30 pm.)
ClosedMondays and days following national holidays
Admission¥200 (Admission fee is subject to change for special exhibits.)
AccessTake the JR Hanwa Line and get off at Mozu Station.
Address2 Mozusekiun-cho, Sakai-ku, Sakai City
Automated information service ゛Hello, Museum" (TEL 072-244-9898)
TEL072-245-6201
FAX072-245-6263
URLhttp://www.city.sakai.lg.jp/kanko/hakubutsukan/index.html
Sakai City Tea House
The Sakai City Museum in Daisen Park has two Sakai City tea houses that are on the national registry of tangible cultural properties: Obai-an and Shin-an. It is free to visit the garden. It includes Suikinkutsu (decoration that produces sound similar to Japanese koto) and the Kyuju-no-to stone towers of the former Jodoji Temple that are designated as an important national cultural asset.
Obai-an, a tea ceremony room from the middle of the Edo Period that originally stood at the residence of the Toyoda family in Imai-cho, Kashihara City, Nara Prefecture, was donated and moved to the Sakai City Museum in 1980.
Shin-an was a tea ceremony room delicately built in 1929 by Ogi Rodo, the famous designer of Sukiya construction. Originally located in Tokyo Shiba Park, it was donated by Fukuske Corporation and moved to the Sakai City Museum in 1980.
Shin-an has 10 Japanese-style rooms including the tea ceremony room. Besides accommodating a large number people for tea ceremony, it is also equipped with ryureiseki (tearoom with chairs), where green powdered tea can be enjoyed.

  • Teahouse (Obai-an)

  • Teahouse (Shin-an)
Hours9:30 am-4:30 pm (Japanese Tea Service available from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm)
Admission Free (¥300 per serving of tea with Japanese dry confectioneries)
ClosedMonday (open if national holiday falls on Monday), day after national holiday (open if day after holiday falls on Saturday/Sunday); closed for year end and new year vacation and day which Sakai City Museum is closed
AccessTake the JR Hanwa Line and get off at Mozu Station.
Address2 Mozusekiun-cho, Sakai-ku, Sakai City (in Daisen Park)
TEL072-247-1447
Chinchin Densha Street Car
The Chinchin Densha street car (The Hankai Tramway) that runs right down the middle of the road is one of the attractions of Sakai. Since they began operating in 1911, the street cars have played an important role in transportation of the people of Sakai. The 14 stations from Yamatogawa near the Yamato-gawa River which forms the border between Sakai City and Osaka City, to Hamadera Ekimae are intervals of Sakai City, and the street cars run mostly along Daidosuji (Kishu Kaido) in the center.
The charm of the Chinchin Densha street cars is that they give a sense of historical Sakai. The town of Sakai, which has flourished since the old days, was a strategic point for traffic from the five highways such as the Kishu Kaido, which functioned as the trade routes of Kishu and Senshu. There are temples and old houses scattered about. The name of towns such as Hatago-cho and Kushiya-cho are historical reminders associated with the great merchants that created the golden age of Sakai.

  • Cars made in 1928 provide a sense of the past.
Address Hankai Tramway Co., Ltd. 3-14-72 Shimizugaoka, Sumiyoshi-ku, Osaka City
TEL06-6674-5146
URLhttp://www.hankai.co.jp/

Touring Sakai No.3

The route goes around the Nintoku-ryo Tumulus; you can take in the size and visit the surrounding baicho, take a break at Daisen Park, or stroll around the park and area surrounding it. One of the three great imperial mausoleums, the Nintoku-ryo Tumulus is the largest imperial mausoleum in Japan. It is so large, it takes 50 minutes just to walk around its circumference. You can also visit a multitude of ancient burial mounds in the area. Beginning with the Sakai City Museum that is brimming with the history and culture of Sakai, the course includes tea houses where you can enjoy green powdered tea, beautiful Japanese gardens and the Bicycle Museum Cycle Center that contains all sorts of bicycles.

Nintoku-ryo Tumulus
Nintoku-ryo Tumulus is Japan's largest keyhole-shaped Kofun Tumulus; it is one of the Three Mozumimihara Tumulus, along with Hanzei-ryo Tumulus to the north and Richu-ryo Tumulus to the south.
The front of the mound faces south and consists of three layers, with a total length of about 486 meters. The round rear part has a diameter of about 249 meters and a height of about 35 meters, while the front has a width of about 305 meters and a height of about 33 meters. The constricted left and right areas have relic altars, and the entire mound is surrounded by three moats.
As befits Japan's largest keyhole-shaped Tumulus, there are more than 10 subordinate burial mounds, including Hinotani Tumulus, Chayama Tumulus, Daianjiyama Tumulus, Gen'emonyama Tumulus, Kitsuneyama Tumulus, Dongameyama Tumulus, Tsukamawari Tumulus, and Osamezuka Tumulus. However, with the exception of Tsukamawari Tumulus, the structures of the primary mounds and grave goods of these subordinate Tumuli generally remain unknown. Nintoku-ryo Tumulus is believed to date from the middle of the fifth century.
A promenade has been built along the south and west sides of the Tumulus.There is also a cherrytree-lined road running along the south side. Near the midpoint of the walkway on the western edge of the tomb is a monument inscribed with a tanka poem written by Inukai Takashi commemorating the Empress Iwanohime, wife of the Nintoku Emperor.

  • Place of worship on south side of tumulus
AccessTake the JR Hanwa Line and get off at Mozu Station.
AddressDaisen-cho, Sakai-ku, Sakai City
Daisen Park
Surrounded by trees, this beautiful 35.6hectare park stretches between Nintoku-ryo Tumulus and Richu-ryo Tumulus and features wide, grassy areas, ponds, and a variety of tree species. It serves as a symbol of Sakai and is a popular destination for residents seeking rest and relaxation.

  • Panoramic view from Dora-ike Pond
Access Take the JR Hanwa Line and get off at Mozu Station.
Address2 Mozusekiun-cho, Sakai-ku, Sakai City
TEL072-241-0291 (Daisen Park Office)
FAX072-241-6187 (Daisen Park Office)
Sakai City Museum
Sakai City Museum presents the history of Sakai in a clear, easily understood format. Exhibits occupying about 1,330 square meters of gallery space introduce the ancient, medieval, premodern, and modern periods of the city's history. Information is also available in video form, and the Museum holds special exhibits focusing on selected themes every spring and autumn.

  • Model of structure at that time (Scale model of the world's three largest burial mounds)

  • Front entrance
Hours9:30 am to 5:15 pm(Doors close at 4:30 pm.)
ClosedMondays and days following national holidays
Admission¥200 (Admission fee is subject to change for special exhibits.)
AccessTake the JR Hanwa Line and get off at Mozu Station.
Address2 Mozusekiun-cho, Sakai-ku, Sakai City
Automated information service ゛Hello, Museum" (TEL 072-244-9898)
TEL072-245-6201
FAX072-245-6263
URLhttp://www.city.sakai.lg.jp/kanko/hakubutsukan/index.html
Sakai City Tea House
The Sakai City Museum in Daisen Park has two Sakai City tea houses that are on the national registry of tangible cultural properties: Obai-an and Shin-an. It is free to visit the garden. It includes Suikinkutsu (decoration that produces sound similar to Japanese koto) and the Kyuju-no-to stone towers of the former Jodoji Temple that are designated as an important national cultural asset.
Obai-an, a tea ceremony room from the middle of the Edo Period that originally stood at the residence of the Toyoda family in Imai-cho, Kashihara City, Nara Prefecture, was donated and moved to the Sakai City Museum in 1980.
Shin-an was a tea ceremony room delicately built in 1929 by Ogi Rodo, the famous designer of Sukiya construction. Originally located in Tokyo Shiba Park, it was donated by Fukuske Corporation and moved to the Sakai City Museum in 1980.
Shin-an has 10 Japanese-style rooms including the tea ceremony room. Besides accommodating a large number people for tea ceremony, it is also equipped with ryureiseki (tearoom with chairs), where green powdered tea can be enjoyed.

  • Teahouse (Obai-an)

  • Teahouse (Shin-an)
Hours9:30 am-4:30 pm (Japanese Tea Service available from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm)
AdmissionFree (¥300 per serving of tea with Japanese dry confectioneries)
ClosedMonday (open if national holiday falls on Monday), day after national holiday (open if day after holiday falls on Saturday/Sunday); closed for year end and new year vacation and day which Sakai City Museum is closed
AccessTake the JR Hanwa Line and get off at Mozu Station.
Address2 Mozusekiun-cho, Sakai-ku, Sakai City (in Daisen Park)
TEL072-247-1447
Japanese Garden
As you pass through the Japanese Garden's cypress gate, its 26,000 square meters of beauty unfold before you. Visitors can enjoy beautiful ponds and streams, a variety of elegant structures, and countless flowers in all their seasonal beauty as they stroll through the garden.

  • Tojakuchi and Seitaitei that stands at water's edge

  • Kasatei overlooking the park
HoursApril to October 9:00 am to 5:00 pm (gates close at 4:30 pm)
November to March 9:30 am to 4:30 pm (gates close at 4:00 pm)
ClosedMondays (Tuesdays when Monday is a holiday) and New Year's holidays
Admission Adults ¥200, Children ¥100
Admission is free for children not yet attending elementary school and adults over 65. (ID required)
AccessTake the JR Hanwa Line and get off at Mozu Station or take Nankai Bus and get off at "Daisencho" Bus Stop.
Address Daisennaka-machi,Sakai-ku,Sakai City (in Daisen Park)
TEL072-247-3670
FAX072-247-3671
URLhttp://www.daisenteien.jp/
Bicycle Museum Cycle Center
Fifty stunning exhibits cover subjects ranging from the world's oldest bicycle to athletes who participated in the Atlanta Olympics. A hands-on bicycle area lets visitors learn as they play, and videos are shown regularly. Rides on replicas of classic bicycles are offered at the Daisen Park Bicycle Plaza on the second and fourth Sundays of each month and on national holidays (¥300 for 20 minutes).
Hours10:00 am to 4:30 pm (Doors close at 4:00 pm.)
ClosedMondays, days following national holidays, New Year's holidays
AdmissionAdults ¥300; middle and high school students ¥200; elementary school students, children age 3 and older, adults age 65 and older ¥100(ID required)
AccessTake the JR Hanwa Line and get off at Mozu Station or take Nankai Bus and get off at "Daisencho" Bus Stop.
Address165-6 Daisennaka-machi, Sakai-ku, Sakai City
TEL072-243-3196
FAX072-244-4119
URLhttp://www.h4.dion.ne.jp/~bikemuse/
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