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Sakai () is a city in Osaka prefecture.

Get in[edit]

Sakai has two main train stations. Nankai Railway's Sakai station (堺駅), is 15 minutes from Nanaki Namba Station (南海なんば駅) in Osaka via the Nankai main line and costs ¥250.

JR Sakai-shi station (堺市駅) is 7 minutes from Tennoji Station (天王寺駅) in Osaka via the JR Hanwa line and costs ¥170. This trip is fully covered by the JR Rail Pass.

Get around[edit]

Train service in Sakai is largely provided by Nankai rail service with trains running sometimes intermittently



Sakai is home to numerous Tumuli. Large burial mounds in various shapes from circular to keyhole mounds with moats around them. The largest--Nintoku-ryo-- is approximately 480 meters long, 250-305 meters wide and 35 meters tall. At Nintoku Ryo there is an accompanying tourist office and volunteer historical interpreters.

Take the JR Hanwa Line and get off at Mozu Station. Address: Daisen-cho, Sakai-ku, Sakai City


Sakai City Hall Observatory Lobby is an excellent opportunity to get above street level and get a panoramic view of the city's many Tumulus tombs. There are exhibitions on the history of Sakai and English language videos and pamphlets. There is also a cafe with drinks and snacks.

〒590-0078 3-1 Minami-Kawaramachi, Sakai-ku, Sakai City, Osaka Pref.

Open hours: 9:00-21:00 Transportation: 3 min. walk from Sakai-higashi Sta. on the Nankai Koya Line Admission Fee: Free


Sakai has always been known for producing some of Japan's best swords and knives. Today there are many stores and even a small museum that houses a coalition of knife makers. If you are a cooking aficionado looking for the best examples of Damascus style blades, or a knife specific to cutting melons, or simply a good sharp knife that you have no idea what it is supposed to be used for. Sakai is a good alternative to the steeper prices in central Osaka.

Commercial and Industrial Cooperative Federation of Sakai knives:

Address 堺刃物商工業協同組合連合会 〒590-0941 大阪府堺市堺区       材木町西1丁1番30

1 Street材木町西first thirty-ku, Sakai Sakai 〒590-0941

TEL: 072-227-1001

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Plenty of fastfood, from American Bob's Big Boy to Yoshinoya, yakitori joints, etc.



Comfort Sakai Hotel is a basic but presentable hotel a mere hundred meters from Sakai station. Rates run about Y6,000 for most rooms. Located at 1-5-1 Ryujimbashi-cho


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Routes through Sakai
NanbaSumiyoshi Taisha  N Number prefix Nankai Railway line.png S  KishiwadaWakayamashi
Nanba  N Number prefix Nankai Railway line.png E  Kawachi NaganoGokurakubashi
TennojiSumiyoshi Toriimae  N Number prefix Hankai Tramway line.png S  END
UmedaNanbaTennoji  N 1M.png S  END
Suita ← in to Kinki Expwy Route Sign.svg  N Hanwa Expwy Route Sign.svg S  IzumisanoWakayama
END  W Minamihanna Road Route Sign.svg E  HabikinoKatsuragi
Tenpōzan  W Hanshin Urban Expwy Sign 0004.svg S  Izumisano → in to Kansai-Kuko Expwy Route Sign.svgKansai International Airport
MinatomachiSuminoe  N Hanshin Urban Expwy Sign 0015.svg S  END
Hirano  N Japanese National Route Sign 0309.svg S  GoseGojōKumano

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