Sakai, Osaka

Sakai (Japanese堺 市, -shi) is a city in Osaka Prefecture on Honshū, the main island of Japan.


Sakai is located on the Bay of Osaka.


Sakai was mentioned already in the 15th century as an important port in the trade of the Empire of China.

In April 2006, Sakai became a city by government ordinance.

Politics and Administration

Mayor of Sakai since 2009 Osami Takeyama. He was elected with the support of Osaka Governor Hashimoto Tōru against the incumbent Keisuke Kihara. Takeyama has now placed against the plans of Hashimoto's Osaka Ishin no Kai, dissolve the cities of Osaka and Sakai in districts of Osaka Prefecture, and was in the mayoral election in 2013 with the support of Democratic, Liberal Democratic, Social Democratic and the Communist Party against former City Council Katsutoshi Nishibayashi re-elected by the Ishin no Kai. The City Council ( Sakai shigikai ) has 52 members; He was last re-elected in 2011. Strongest party with 13 seats was the Osaka Ishin no Kai by Tōru Hashimoto, followed by the Kōmeitō with twelve seats.


Sakai is divided into seven districts ( Ku ), the following clockwise:

  • Sakai -ku (堺 区)
  • Kita- ku (北区)
  • Mihara- ku (美 原 区)
  • Higashi -ku (东区)
  • Naka -ku (中 区)
  • Minami -ku (南 区)
  • Nishi -ku (西区)


A landmark Sakai is the Daisenryo - Kofun, which is one of the largest tombs in the world with 320,000 m² total area. It is believed that it is the grave of the hill Nintoku - Tennō.


In industry, there are electrical, shipbuilding, iron, steel and petrochemical industry.


Sons and daughters of the town

  • Sen no Rikyū (1522-1591), the most important tea master in Japan
  • Sanshi Katsura (* 1943), Rakugokünstler
  • Kō Machida (born 1962 ), writer, singer, actor
  • Suzuki Kantaro (1868-1948), 29th Prime Minister of Japan
  • Kenzo Tange (1913-2005), architect
  • Yuki Shigeko (1900-1969), writer

Adjacent Cities and Towns

  • Osaka
  • Matsubara
  • Habikino
  • Tondabayashi
  • Osakasayama
  • Kawachinagano
  • Izumi
  • Takaishi