A guide to Japan's prefectures and major cities
|Area:||150 square km (57.9 square miles)|
|Population:||841,012 as of January 2014|
Business & Industry:
The city of Sakai is adjacent to the city of Osaka and the second largest in terms of population and area in Osaka Prefecture. Along with Osaka, it was a trading center during the Edo Period. Today, Sakai has largely become a bedroom community for Osaka.
Tourism & Culture:
Sakai is trying to have the Mozu-Furuichi Kofungun Ancient Tumulus Clusters, including the tomb of former Emperor Nintoku, named a World Heritage site. Xavier Park is named after missionary Francisco Xavier, who lived in the area in the 16th century.
The well-known tea master Sen no Rikyu (1522-1591) is from Sakai. The acclaimed poet Yosano Akiko (1878-1942) was also born in the city.