Sakai City, Senboku Area


Just south of Osaka City is the Sakai/Senboku area. This region, known for its ancient ruins and burial mounds, has long been a point of commerce between Japan, Europe and China. Indeed, some of history's most famous characters - Emperor Nintoku, Nobunaga Oda, Sen no Rikyu, Francis Xavier, and Akiko Yosano - all once stood on this land gazing out at sea.



The port city of Sakai has been a trade point for Japan ever since the Kamakura period. Guns, handicrafts, foodstuffs, and countless other goods were imported here from countries such as Portugal and China. This profound sense of history can be experienced in many of the area's sights. The Nanshuji Temple is home to the tearoom retreat and grave of Sen no Rikyu, the famous founder of the Japanese Tea Ceremony. At Sakai Risho No Mori (Sakai Plaza of Rikyu and Akiko), you can experience the tea-ceremony where could be felt Sen no Rikyu hospitality and it has exhibition about the life of romantic poet Akiko Yosano. You can also get a feeling for the region's history by visiting a gunsmithery or Xavier Park.


A town full of museums

Another recommended feature of Sakai is the town's many museums. At the Sakai City Traditional Crafts Museum, you can see masterpiece blades displayed along with explanations of their history and how they were made.There are traditional industry in Sakai city such as kelp, incense, light cotton kimonos (both plain and dyed).And at the Conpeito Petit Museum, you can make your own "conpeito", otherwise known as Western confectionary.


Larger-than-life burial mounds and ruins

Daisenryo kofun (Emperor Nintoku's tomb) is a keyhole-shaped mound with a total area of 464,123 square meters, which makes it the biggest in the world. You can get a feel for it's epic size from the Sakai City Hall Observatory Lobby at 21-floor. In another record-breaking sight, Japan's largest set of village ruins from the Yayoi period was excavated at the Historic Park of Ikegami-Stone Ruins. Next to it in the Osaka Prefectural Museum of Yayoi Culture, you can see displays of pottery unearthed there as well as reproductions of Yayoi pit dwellings, which give you a glimpse into the daily life of the time.


Enjoy the seaside

Hamadera Park, which is home to a pine forest of 5,500 trees, an ocean swimming area, a pool and a rose garden, is packed with fun for the whole family. The trolley running from Osaka City to the park is a wonderful way to experience Osaka from days gone by. And every year on July 31st, the 700-year-old Sakai Ouo yoichi event, which features a fish auction, is held at Ohama Park. At the former Sakai Port nearby, you can also see the formerly Sakai Lighthouse, which is the oldest wooden lighthouse in existence in Japan.

Oizumi Ryokuchi Park

Decorate the four seasons of 200 kinds, and 320,000 of flowers and trees. There are many playgrounds for children, so it is popular among family.

Daisen Park・Japanese Style Garden

The garden has been created by using a garden technique of a traditional Japanese style garden and it's a pond garden circuit style with small artificial hills that tells cultural climate of Sakai.

Mozu Kofungun(Ancient Tombs)

Nintoku,Richu, Hanzei's tomb of great king which is between Daisen park. And 44 of huge circular‐shaped ancient tombs with rectangular frontage gather that were built at the end of the 4th century or beginning of the 5th century?end of the 6th century.

Sakai City Traditional Crafts Museum

The museum which is gathered the traditional industry from Sakai. There is Sakai edged tool museum and an experimenting,learning corner, display corner and shops.

Hamadera Park Swimming Pool

100 meter length giant sliders are popular for children. Hamadera swimming practice school is open during the season.

Ebaraji Temple

Birthplace of distinguished priest Gyoki of Nara Period. This famous temple is known as Chie no Monjyusan(good for knowledge) and popular among students preparing for exams.

Mozu Hachimangu

The foundation is the about sixth century.  There are 18 of large and small futon-daiko(drums) are sent out on "Tsukimi Festival" in autumn,

Iwatsuta Shrine

The oldest Ebisu shrine in sea Japan. It is famous for " Yassai Hossai festival" as fire-walking and religious services in every 14th of December.

Nankai Takashinohama Line Takashinohama Station

The station which is a retro wooden bungalow building of Taisho 8 years(1919). Stained glass of the upper front entrance is elegant.

Izumi Tombodama (lamp beads)

Izumi region has the longest history of glass bead production in Japan, reaching back as far as the Nara period when the tradition is thought to have arrived via China.

Sakai Senko (incense)

Sakai incense is one of Osaka's proudest traditional crafts. Japan's first incense was made in Sakai.

Walnut cake at Kanbukuro

Established in 1329, this shop was originally praised by Hideyoshi. Today's walnut cake is it's signature item.

Ohama Park

A seaside park opened in 1879 on the southern side of the former Sakai Port.

Xavier Park

The park is a reminder of the friendship extended to Francisco de Xavier by a wealthy merchant of Sakai in the Middle Ages.

Harvest Hill

Experience abundant greenery and nature as well as bread-making, sausage-making and playing with rabbits and striped squirrels.

Rose Garden in Osaka Prefectural Hamadera Park

Hamadera Park is one of the oldest prefectural parks in Osaka. In the rose park, 250 varieties and 6,500 roots of roses are planted. Rare Japanese native roses are also grown.

Daisen Park

Park rich in greenery located between Daisenryo Kofun and Kamiishizu Misanzai Kofun, with a lawn square and Japanese garden.

Daisenryo Kofun (Emperor Nintoku's tomb)

The largest keyhole-shaped tomb in Japan, measuring approximately 486 meters in length. There is a sightseeing walkway around the tomb that takes one hour to complete.

Sakai Machikado Museum

Traditional skills are still alive in historic Sakai. Look for signs to visit the masters and experience the process of craftwork creation.

Osaka Prefectural Museum of Yayoi Culture

Japan's one-of-a-kind museum for fostering better understanding of general aspects of Yayoi culture, as well as the Ikegami-Sone Ruins