Sakai City

  • Ancient tomb Nintoku-tenno-ryo Kofun(Sakai City)

  • Old Sakai Lighthouse(Sakai City)

  • Tea ceremony house(Sakai City)

  • J-GREEN SAKAI(Sakai City)

  • Sakai Plaza of Rikyu and Akiko(Sakai City)

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Sakai is a city with a proud history of more than 1,600 years and a rich culture. In ancient times, a group of colossal tombs,including one of the world's largest tombs, was constructed in the city. In the early modern times, the city flourished with its own culture, and new industries.

In particular, during the medieval period, Sakai prospered as an international and advanced trade center. While most Japanese cities in those days were ruled by warlords, Sakai was self-governed by its residents and maintained its autonomy. During this period, the unique tradition of the tea ceremony was established by a Sakai-born great tea master, Sen no Rikyu. The essential elements of the tea ceremony - the wabi-sabi spirit (Japanese aesthetic of finding beauty in transience) and the omotenashi spirit - have been passed down through generations and are still practiced today.

In 2006, Sakai gained the status of a government-ordinance designated city, which has an authority equivalent to prefectural government; since then, it has been driving the culture and business of the larger Kansai region, which has a population of more than 20 million people.

Conveniently located at the centre of Kansai region and having good access to Kansai International Airport, Sakai hosts more than 170,000 international visitors annually. The city has been enjoying active exchanges with ASEAN countries and its overseas sister and friendship cities in various fields, such as in the economy, art and culture.

Sakai boasts its J-GREEN SAKAI, which is one of Japan's largest sports facilities. With more than 700,000 users throughout the year, this center plays a major role as a "sports exchange base" where both domestic and international athletes can play and associate with each other.

To promote the city, Sakai Plaza of Rikyu and Akiko, which opened in 2015 as the city's new tourism center, introduces Sakai's history and culture through its most famous local historical figures.

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Sakai City Baraike Skateboard Park

Kinki Region / Osaka / Sakai City

In 2011, the Sakai City Baraike Skateboard Park opened and became a top of class concrete skateboard park in Western Japan. Built using input from skaters, the special characteristic of this park has ...

This facility provides training areas for the following sports:

Olympic Sports
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J-GREEN SAKAI (Sakai Soccer National Training Center)

Kinki Region / Osaka / Sakai City

J-GREEN SAKAI (Sakai Soccer National Training Center), which opened in 2010, is one of Japan's largest athletic training centres for top level athletes. It has five natural grass fields, 11 artificial...

This facility provides training areas for the following sports:

Olympic Sports

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