Sakai City Museum
Sakai City Museum
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9:30 AM - 5:15 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 5:15 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 5:15 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 5:15 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 5:15 PM
Sunday
9:30 AM - 5:15 PM
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Saxondean
Brentwood, UK14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
Really enjoyed this museum. The excellent exhibits and friendly stall. But the best was the video, with English subtitles - a great overview of the area. Well worth seeking this out & spending an hour or so. The museum is located in Daisen park so lovely walks & close to the UNESCO Kofuns.
Written 12 April 2023
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seven39
Osaka, Japan272 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2018 • Friends
This museum is nicely located just in front of Nintokus Kofun and therefore something which should be visited together. The museum is nicely laid out with good and easy descriptions which makes it enjoyable to walk around in the museum.
Written 16 April 2018
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The_Moarscepian
Makati, Philippines233 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2017 • Family
At first I thought the park was so pretty with the changing foliage. But upon entering the museum and watching the film explaining about the “Kofun,” I begin to wonder: “Why didn’t I know about this keyhole shaped mounds before?” Very interesting! We came early during our visit. So for the meantime we were directed to go to this small house with a very nice garden just outside the museum to sip matcha. Wow! It was great. The experience was really great!
Written 23 November 2017
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J&S_Singapore
Singapore, Singapore5,282 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2017
堺市博物館is a must-see if one is going to Saki or nearby. It serves more than complementing Daisenryo Ancient Tomb that is famed in Osaka –Japan.
The museum showcases Sakai’s history from ancient times to the present day. There are on-display artefacts excavated from the Mozu Kofungun tumulus cluster (other tombs), haniwa and pottery excavated from nearby tumuli, historical documents/paintings from earlier Sakai’s period and works by Sakai-born artists. There are items of religious nature, including Japan's largest and oldest Buddhist statue chiselled from sandalwood. No flash photography is allowed but normal ones ok. However the best part of the museum is the free 20 mins video in its wonderful theatre that explains everything (101 Guide!) about the kofun and the exhibits related to the burial ground. It comes with English sub-titles so helps us a lot!
This museum is located across the Nintoku-ryo tomb, separated by a short walk & the drive street. The Nintoku-ryo tomb is the largest kofun style tomb in Japan and stands 35 meters high and is now surrounded by moats and thick vegetation. It was built around the 700s and it is presumed to be the burial place of the Emperor Nintoku. There is no access to the tomb as it is being preserved, only a small visual from the main entrance - The only view visitors can get of the kofun. Thus visiting the Sakai City Museum is a must!.
They explained that its scale rivals that of the famous pyramids and the Chinese Emperor Qin’s Mausoleum in terms of size and scale! Unlike those other sites, most of these tombs have not been excavated and have been respected as imperial tombs, sitting in the middle of a modern Saki city
[Nintoku-ryo Tumulus is Japan's largest keyhole-shaped Kofun Tumulus; it is one of the 3 Mozumimihara Tumulus, along with Hanzei-ryo Tumulus to the north and Richu-ryo Tumulus to the south].
The modern history portion of the city is also interesting, It explains how it develops and transform to become an industrial center, specializing in manufacturing guns. !!!
Do note that the most exhibits did not have much English so kills off a little joy. There is a small basement where there are interactive activities; for you to try reassembling broken pottery like an archaeologist, fun!
We were assisted by very helpful Museum staff when they knew that we do not understand Japanese. Kudos to their kind gestures and effort, that we got to enjoy more the whole visit.
After spending an hour here and just as we left the Museum to proceed to Mozu Kofungun tumulus.
And just outside the Museum were a few mobile food vans, so we treated ourselves with superb latte, see pic of latte-art. An added visual and sensory treat!
Written 18 October 2017
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Companion4thejourney
Petaling Jaya, Malaysia29 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2016 • Couples
The best part of the museum is the video about the kofun and the exhibits related to the burial ground. The other exhibits did not have English so that does not go well with us. There are some activity at the basement for you to try i.e. putting pieces of model artifacts back together.
Written 6 October 2016
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Christopher W
Victoria, Canada102 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2016 • Couples
This museum is located across from the Nintoku-ryo tomb. The Nintoku-ryo tomb is the largest kofun style tomb in Japan and stands 35 meters high and is surrounded by moats. It was built in the 700s and it is presumed to be the burial place of the Emperor Nintoku. There is no access to the tomb as it is being preserved. The tomb area is covered in mature trees and vegetation so you can not see the tomb from the main entrance. No worries, Cross the road and visit the Sakai City Museum. Here there is a wonderful theatre where they show a movie (with English sub-titles) of the construction of the tomb. In the museum itself, there are artefacts from other tomb that have been excavated Also, there are items of religious nature, including Japan's largest and oldest Buddhist statue chiseled from sandalwood. No flash photography is allowed.
Written 13 June 2016
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Amyrasha
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia60 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2015 • Business
I went to this museum during the Sakai Matsuri event. So, the entrance fee was free. There, I managed to see the artifacts and the other ancient stuffs. I also tried the shaman cloth, it was taken care by Sakai City Goverment staffs. Thanks also to the people that guided us while we were there.
Written 26 October 2015
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xpliu
Boston, MA11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2015 • Couples
Very interesting museum with exhibits on the mysterious tombs built in the 5th century whose scale rivals that of the pyramids and the Qinshihuang mausoleum with the terracotta army, but appears to be less well known. Unlike those other sites, most of these tombs have not been excavated and have been respected as imperial tombs, sitting in the middle of a modern city with jogging paths around the perimeter. The theater in the museum shows computer graphics of what the tombs may have been intended to look like, very different from the tree-covered current state.

The more modern history of the city is also interesting, as it became an industrial center, manufacturing guns, and then bicycles (hey, they both involve metal working), as well as a form of carpet weaving and dyeing. The city is also known for being the hometown of the most prominent figure in the development of the Japanese tea ceremony.

Spent about an hour here. Wished there were more explanations in English, but they do have pamphlets and some descriptive text in English. There are some fun interactive things - a friendly guard helped us try on a replica armour and helmet for some photos; in the basement, you can take apart and reassemble broken pottery like an archaeologist (they're magnetized to stick together when correctly assembled) and lie inside a model of a stone sarcophagus with funky protrusions for tying ropes to for moving it.
Written 3 May 2015
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OnAir803420
Tokyo, Japan25,105 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
This was my first visit since the facility was renovated and reopened on March 13, 2021. The impressive exhibits that have been renovated within the facility include the "Sarcophagus discovered at the tomb of Emperor Nintoku" in the "Ancient Area," which is now much easier to see, and a model of Sakai's townscape (from the Middle Ages to the Early Modern Period) (see attached photo). In addition, a special exhibition (March 16 to June 9, 2024) titled "Shibatsuji Riemon Family Documents and Sakai's Gunsmiths" is currently being held, and if you are interested in and plan to visit the Gunsmith House that opened on March 3 this year, we recommend that you also visit this exhibition during the exhibition. If you are planning to visit this facility for the first time, the "Keicho Large Matchlock Gun (the longest in the world, 3m and 135kg)" is a must-see.
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Written 16 May 2024
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k_matsu132
Kushiro, Japan21,782 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
After admiring the tomb of Emperor Nintoku from the worship site, I decided to take a walk through Daisen Park, which spreads out to the south. Shortly after entering the park, I found the Sakai City Museum.
The museum introduces the history and culture of Sakai city, and since the Mozu Kofun Group was designated a World Heritage Site, the exhibits about the group have been updated and improved.
On the side of the path leading to the museum entrance, there is also a bronze statue of Sen no Rikyu, who was born and raised in Sakai.
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Written 12 April 2024
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