Seafood and Sight-Seeing

Sakaiminato’s history is steeped in fishing tradition. Now the base of Western Japan’s fishing industry, Sakaiminato has been an open trading port with the U.S. and U.K. since 1899. Today the port town continues to be a haven for seafood lovers with fish markets and world-class restaurants scattered along its streets, making it the perfect place for visitors to taste the catch of the day.

The fishing industry is so important to Sakaiminato that every July the city holds the Sakaiminato Port Festival, complete with parades and fireworks. And the festival opens with prayers for another successful fishing season.

Sakaiminato is more than just its abundant fishing industry, it’s also the birth place of Shigeru Mizuki, the creator of GeGeGe no Kitaro, the manga stories that birthed so many of Japan’s favorite comic characters. Take a walk down Shigeru Mizuki Road, a street lined with more than 150 statues of his Japanese characters. If you’re a Manga fan, be sure to also visit the Shigeru Mizuki Memorial Museum to learn more about Mizuki and his creative characters.

Sakaiminato Lighthouse

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Sakaiminato Lighthouse

Sakaiminato Lighthouse

The Sakaiminato Lighthouse is more than 110 years old, built in 1863, and located in Daiba Park, now an official Japanese Historic Site. A must-see destination that will leave you in awe when you cast your eyes upon the flowering of more than 350 cherry trees in the park surrounding the light house.

Yume Minato Tower

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Yume Minato Tower

Yume Minato Tower

A breathtaking 360-degree panoramic view of the Yumigahama Peninsula awaits you from the observation deck of Yume Minato Tower. And inside the tower you can experience exhibits, art, and displays about the region’s cultural history.

Sea and Life Museum

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Sea and Life Museum

Sea and Life Museum

Sakaiminato and its citizens are tightly linked to the sea and its industries. The Sea and Life Museum is a “Waterless Aquarium,” brimming with informative displays and interactive exhibits demonstrating the city’s living history and its connection with the sea.

Sakaiminato, Japan At a glance

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Local Details:
GPS: 35°32'22.53"N 133°13'53.35"E
Size: 29.02 KM2 (11.20 MI2)
Population: 33,888
Density: 1,168 Pop/KM2 (451 Pop/MI2)
Country Code: +81

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