Sakaiminato City-Japan

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The city of fish and Kitaro Sakaiminato Guide for Sightseeing

About Sakaiminato City

Location of Sakaiminato City


Sakaiminato City has been prospering with its natural port since early days.

Summary of Sakaiminato City

Sakaiminato city, located at the tip of Yumigahama peninsula, is a city whose area is about 28 square kilometers. Since early days, Sakaiminato has grown with its fine natural port, and has been protected from monsoons and the rough waves of the Japan Sea by the Shimane Peninsula in the neighboring prefecture. The city is complete with infrastructures such as its own harbor, airport and railroad. As a key point of trade within the Japan Sea Rim area, and as one of Japan's major fishery bases renowned for its large catches of fish, Sakaiminato is on its way to becoming a city of international fishery and trade.


The international passenger-cargo ship which connects Japan,Korea and Russia(DBS Cruise Ferry)


Total number of containers handled in 2014 was about 23,000TEU.


Flight to Seoul was put into service as one of the international flight schedules at the Yonago Kitaro Air Port.

Sakai Port Flourishing with Overseas Trade

When observed from countries on the opposite shores, Sakaiminato City is situated almost in the middle of West Japan. Since early days, Sakaiminato has been prospering with its overseas trade with the countries directly opposite its shores. Sakai port was designated as the port of foreign trade by the central government in 1896, and in 1902 it became the terminus of the first railroad to have been built in the Sanin region. The railroad was built for the purposes of cargo transport, and foreign trade in Sakaiminato has prospered ever since. During the 1930s, regular shipping services to Dalien, Inchon, Chongzin, Wonson, Busan and Pohan were introduced, and these services boosted the traffic of people and cargo. In 1951, Sakai Port was designated as one of the key national ports by the central government in recognition of the port's geographical advantage and its past foreign trade record. Projects for infrastructure including reclamation of the outer harbor area and building piers for large freight ships have been put into effect. In 1995, a container ship, with connections to China and Korea, was commissioned. In 2004, Sanin area’s first gantry crane was installed with a 50,000 ton berth. Due to its multi-purpose features, this helped to enhance the harbor's capabilities. In 2009, an international passenger-cargo ship liner, the DBS Cruise Ferry, was commissioned, which has connections to Donghae, Korea; Vladivostok, Russia; and Japan's eastern seaboard. As western Japan's gateway to Northeast Asia, further expansions are anticipated for Sakaiminato City.


Saurel and mackerel are major species of fish caught by groups of circular nets on fishing boats


Sakaiminato accounts for over 60% of the catch of all red snow crabs in Japan


“Kaisen-don” topped with fresh seafood

City with Top Class Fishery Base in Japan

Sakaiminato City is a fishery base within which the Sakai Fishing Port was designated as a Third Category Special Fish Port in1973. From1986, Sakai Port hit record hauls of over 5 million tons each year for 9 years in a row. Its largest haul was in 1993 with a catch of 69 million tons. For 5 consecutive years - from 1992 to 1996 - Sakaiminato was No.1 in terms of the quantity of fish brought into Japan. Along with Sakaiminato’s abundant hauls, the city is home to a large number of factories which manufacture and process seafood products. These account for over 30% of the city's industrial shipments. The crabs caught in Sakai Port, such as red snow crabs and queen crabs, make up the largest percentage of all the crabs hauled in Japan. These “winter crabs” yield a wide variety of manufactured food products which are distributed throughout Japan. The shells of red snow crabs contain chitin, which, when refined into chitosan, is used in manufacturing dietary supplements. As such, its variety of applications is making advances in the medical and industrial fields. The Port of Sakai, renowned for its large catch of fresh fish in the summertime, takes pride in being the number one distributor of northern bluefin tuna in Japan. The goods made from this “black tuna”, as well as the showcasing of its public auctions, are very popular and is even considered a tourist attraction. In Sakaiminato, you can savor our rice bowls topped with fresh seafood, known as “kaisen-don”, as well as our sushi belt restaurants. Also, you can purchase locally caught seafood for a reasonable price at any of the 3 fish markets in Sakai Port.


Sakaiminato City viewed through data

Municipalization put into effect
April 1, 1956
Latitude 35 degrees 30 minutes North
Longtitude 133 degree 14 minutes East
35,314 (Male 16,994 Female 18,320) as of Aug. 2015
29.02 square kilometers
City Flower
City Tree
Black Pine Tree
Muncipal Insignia
Designed with a letter out of the name of Sakaiminato, along with the image of port and wave.
Friendship Cities
Hunchun City, Jilin Province, People’s Republic of China(October, 1993)
Temperatures are comparatively warm, but precipitation of rains is high throughout the year.
Transition of Temperatures at normal year

Calling for Information
Commerce and Tourism Section, Industry Dept., Sakaiminato City