Sakai Risho no Mori
This cultural facility promotes the historical and cultural attractions of Sakai. You can learn about the origins and achievements of Sen no Rikyu, the great master of the tea ceremony born in Sakai, and uncover the history and culture of the tea ceremony.
Honke Kojima (Sweet House Kojima)
Honke Kojima is a 490-year-old confectioner. Products are made on the same day and do not contain any additives, but have a long shelf life for fresh confectionery. The confectionery has been handed down through the ages using a secret method handed down from one generation to the next, making it an ideal souvenir.
Matsukura Tea Shop
Matsukura Tea Shop is a long-established teahouse founded in 1818. It has a strong commitment to keeping its tea leaves fresh and uses a variety of innovations. The tea leaves of Matsukura Chasho are popular as souvenirs, having been used in temples, tea ceremonies, and on many other occasions.
Saryo Tsuboichi Tea Store
Relaxation and harmony is the theme of this shop, created by a teahouse founded in Sakai in 1850. The shop combines a café space reminiscent of a 'city house' with a sales space offering a wide range of products, from everyday teas to gifts. Lunches and parfaits full of tea are popular.
Sakai Municipal Machiya Historical Museum Yamaguchi Residence
This is one of the few surviving early Edo townhouses in Japan and is designated as a National Important Cultural Property. It is said that the Sakai people were extravagant, and this building is one of the remnants of such extravagance. Visitors can get a taste of the atmosphere of Sakai in the Edo period when the city flourished with guns, knives, and textiles.
Nanshuji Temple is a temple of the Daitokuji school of the Rinzai sect, founded in 1557. The temple grounds include a Karesansui (dry landscape garden) designated as a national place of scenic beauty, a Buddhist hall, gate and Chinese gate designated as important cultural properties, a memorial tower for the Senke lineage, and Jisso-an, a tea ceremony room favored by Rikyu. The temple is also home to the legend that Tokugawa Ieyasu was enshrined here after he fell to the blade of Goto Matabei.
Daisen Park Japanese Garden
The Daisen Park Japanese Garden was created to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the city's foundation and is a traditional Japanese garden with a built-up area and a forested garden. Sakai has played an important role as a landing place for continental culture since ancient times, and this Japanese garden was designed to depict the relationship between the city of Sakai and China against the backdrop of this history. Enjoy the unique atmosphere of this garden, which can only be found here in Japan.
Sakai City Tea House Shinan and Obaian
The tea rooms are both relocated tea rooms that were used. In the garden between the two tearooms is the nine-story pagoda of the former Jodoji Temple, a designated National Important Cultural Property. You can also enjoy Matcha at Shinan. Experience first-hand the tea ceremony that Sen no Rikyu perfected.
Mozu Kofun Tumulus
The Mozu Kofun Tumulus Group is a group of tombs of kings in the ancient Japan. The visitor center nearby is a facility that conveys the values and attractions of this World Heritage Site. It includes a theatre where you can experience the magnificence of the tumuli through 8K aerial footage and the sale of tumulus goods.