Sakai city: where you can find the best of the best kitchen knives.
Having flourished as the city of merchants, Sakai city has a lot of traditional crafts, especially kitchen knives are so famous that it is said that all the cooks have at least one of those knives.
There are many fans from all over the world who come to buy Japanese kitchen knives, and you will surely find your favorite one in Sakai city among many famous shops! On this tour, your otomo guide will support you and translate what the craftsmen say so that you can find your best one!
You will also visit a neighborhood with traditional houses which are more than 100 years old and a historical building that represents the Japanese architecture!
Don’t forget to book your tour!
・Take a walk at the area with traditional houses and a shopping street that is more than 100 years old! There are also many photogenic narrow paths.
・Explore a traditional Japanese house which has a gorgeous structure. You can learn about the daily life back then and about Sakai city.
・Relax at a tea shop which has renovated a traditional Japanese house.
・Visit many spotted kitchen knife shops such as one that has never rebuilt their workshop since starting their business and a place where all the kitchen knives in Sakai are gathered.
・Sakaishiritu Machiya Rekishikan Seigakuin: A historical museum which uses a traditional Japanese house and reproduces a “terakoya”, a traditional private elementary school. Children used to learn how to read, write, and use abacus so that they will thrive in the city of merchants.
・Kunshudo: Sakai city is the original place of incense. This shop is more than 130 years old and still makes all of their incenses by hand. A good spot to find your souvenir!
・Mizuno Tanrenjyo: A traditional knife shop established in 1872, and they still use the same workshop! Enjoy the beauty of the kitchen knives made by craftsmen.
・Murata Hamono: A shop that has a beautiful exhibition and a tempting price for kitchen knives. You can find your favorite one with the clerk!
・Sakaishiritu Machiya Rekishikan Yamaguchike Jyutaku: A traditional Japanese house where you can visit inside. Buildings in Sakai city is said to be gorgeous but this one is especially famous among them. You can learn about the life people had at that time and about the history of Sakai city.
・Tsuboichi: A café that has renovated a traditional Japanese house which is more than 300 years old. Don’t forget to try their specialty: shaved ice and the iconic Japanese riceball.
・Sakai Dento Sangyo Kaikan: A spot that shows about Sakai city’s traditional business: blade, incense, a special way of dying, kelp, Japanese dumpling, rug, and bike. They also have Sakai Knife Museum which gathers kitchen knives from all over the city! If you want to have an extended range of choice, this would be the best spot to find your favorite kitchen knife!
・Please come in comfortable clothing, as this tour involves a lot of walking.
・The tour begins and ends in different locations. If you would like to change the location of where the tour ends, please consult with your tour guide.
・This tour includes a lunch/dinner venue.
・On Sundays "Kunshudo" and "Murata Hamono" are closed. If any of the scheduled places are closed on the day you visit, your tour guide will take you to an alternative location.
・The expense for the kitchen knife is not included in the tour expense.
The following expenses are not included in the tour fee. Please bring extra money to experience this tour to its fullest.
-Travel expenses and entrance fees (about JPY 1000)
-Money for food, souvenirs and extra activities not mentioned in the explanation of the tour above.
Outside the gate of Shichido Station, Nankai Line