A fine location of entertainment facilities to the north. In the south, historical temples and burial mounds.
Sakai is a city adjacent to Osaka. Sakai has prospered as self-governing city by international trade between countries like China, Korea and East Asian countries since 16th century. Through these trades, merchants in Sakai have governed the city by themselves despite the era when Samurai has great power. Merchants also played a crucial role in cultural aspects by giving birth to the traditional tea ceremony and contributing construction of temples. Nanshu-ji Temple is the place where the great tea master Sen-no Rikyu had his spiritual training for the tea ceremony, and the garden of Kare-sansui using mainly stones from its vicinity, has a quiet atmosphere. Sakai also has the largest kofun, or burial mound, in the world, Nintoku-ten'no-ryo, or the Tomb of Emperor Nintoku. It has triple moats and measures 486 meters in length and is over 1.3 million cubic meters.
Kishiwada City is in southern Osaka. It has developed as a castle town since Kishiwada Castle, also called Chigiri, was built in the 16th century. It is famous for the Kishiwada Danjiri matsuri Festival held in the fall. The main event of the Danjiri-matsuri Festival is the dashing of the mikoshi, or portable shrine, on a 4-ton wooden cart the wheels of which are called Danjiri and which is pulled by 500 to 1000 men, through the streets of Kishiwada. It is called "yarimawashi". When the mikoshi turns the corner at full speed, it is a most powerful and exciting scene to watch.
From Osaka :
26 min from Kansai Airport to Sakai Station by Nankai "Rap:t" (limited-stop express).
18 min from Kansai Airport to Kishiwada Station by Nankai Line (regular express).
From Tokyo :
[Rail] 2 hours 30 minutes by JR Tokaido Shinkansen Line to Shin-Osaka Station. From Shin-Osaka Station, take subway to Namba Station, 16 minutes. From Namba Station to Sakai Station, 10 minutes by Nankai-tetsudo Line to Kishiwada Station, 25 minutes.