second largest and populated city in Osaka Prefecture, Japan
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Sakai () is a city in Osaka prefecture.

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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.

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

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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 m long, 250-305 m wide and 35 m 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

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  • Sakai City Hall Observatory Lobby, 3-1 Minami-Kawaramachi, Sakai-ku (3 min walk from Sakai-higashi Station on the Nankai Koya Line), +81 78 590-0078. 09:00-21:00. 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. Free.

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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.

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

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Comfort Sakai Hotel is a basic but presentable hotel a mere hundred meters from Sakai station. Rates run about ¥6,000 for most rooms. Located at 1-5-1 Ryujimbashi-cho

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Routes through Sakai
NanbaSumiyoshi Taisha  N   S  KishiwadaWakayamashi
Nanba  N   E  Kawachi NaganoGokurakubashi
TennojiSumiyoshi Toriimae  N   S  END
UmedaNanbaTennoji  N   S  END
Suita ← in to    N   S  IzumisanoWakayama
END  W   E  HabikinoKatsuragi
Tenpōzan  W   S  Izumisano → in to  Kansai International Airport
MinatomachiSuminoe  N   S  END
Hirano  N   S  GoseGojōKumano

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