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The city of fish and Kitaro Sakaiminato Guide for Sightseeing

History and culture have been closely connected with the sea.


Sakai Daiba Park and Sakaiminato Light House

Daiba Park is an old gunnery site which was built in 1863 by the Tottori Clan. Japan was isolated as a nation at that time, and the gunnery site was built for the defense against foreign ships. In 1905, Sanin's oldest wooden light house (Sakaiminato Light House) was built, and it watched over the busy traffic of ships. ln 1991, the light house was restored by Sakaiminato City and became a symbol of the city's prosperity and history. In 1988, the park was designated as a national historical sight and it became famous for its flower park which has 350 cherry trees.


Chobo-rin; the biggest sunfish in Japan

Sea and Life Museum

“The Waterless Aquarium” which was built after reforming an old sake brewery house is known as Japan's No.1 for its number of stuffed fish and crabs. Along with an orientation to the technique and equipment of fishing there are many displays, and the museum exhibits tools of cultural significance which were used in the life of people in the past. Visitors can learn how agricultural tools and other commonly used artefacts played an important role in the old days. “The Waterless Aquarium” tells the story of the connection between people and the sea.


Umi-to-Kurashi(Sea and Life) Museum for Historical Materials


Hakushu Cotton

Hakushu Cotton

The cultivation of Hakushu Cotton, also known as Hama Cotton, first appeared in the early Edo era and flourished around Yumigahama Peninsula.
The cotton grown on the Peninsula was transported widely from Sakaiminato to Kansai, Hokuriku, Tohoku regions by Kitamae Bune (a type of merchant ship in the Edo era) contributing to the prosperity of Sakaiminato.


Weavers at work

Yumihama Gasuri

Sakaiminato has been a production area for good quality cotton since early days. The cotton is spun into thread, then dyed in indigo blue and is woven to make Kasuri fabric. With a 300 year history, Kasuri has been designated as a traditional craft and is very rare in Japan. The beautifully woven patterns are a result of the combined wisdom and technical skill of the weaver who can visualize the finished pattern on the fabric at the phase of cotton dying. The hand-made quality and beautiful deep indigo blue of Kasuri fabric hold a mesmerising appeal to many people.


Indigo blue Yumihama Kasuri fabric


Picture of “Dragnets”

Wooden Plaques with Pictures of “Dragnets” and “Hell and Paradise”

In Shofukuji Temple, a wooden plaque measuring 76cm x 107cm vividly portrays the traditional dragnets used by local fishermen in the mid 19th century. In those days, sardines were once so abundant that legend has it that 100 dragnets were used all at one time for each fishing. It has been said that the picture of “Hell and Paradise” inspired Mr. Mizuki to become interested in yokai.


Picture of “Hell and Paradise”


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