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Sakaiminato, Japan

Sakai Minato (境港) on the western border of Tottori prefecture is an active fishing port and host to a Japanese Self Defense Forces base. The locally caught crab is especially good, but Sakai Minato's big attraction is as the home of Mizuki Shigeru, creator of the popular manga Ge Ge Ge no Kitaro.

History

An Imperial decree in July 1899 established Sakai as an open port for trading with the United States and the United Kingdom.
Sakaiminato was founded on April 1, 1956. A merger with Yonago and other neighboring municipalities was proposed, but the majority of the citizenry voted against this, and Sakaiminato remained an autonomous municipality.

Geography

At the northern end of Yumigahama Peninsula, it is surrounded by the Miho Bay on the Sea of Japan to the east, Lake Nakaumi to the west and the Sakai Channel in the north, which also makes up the border with Shimane Prefecture and its capital... Read more

Sakaiminato, Japan

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Sakai Minato (境港) on the western border of Tottori prefecture is an active fishing port and host to a Japanese Self Defense Forces base. The locally caught crab is especially good, but Sakai Minato's big attraction is as the home of Mizuki Shigeru, creator of the popular manga Ge Ge Ge no Kitaro.

History

An Imperial decree in July 1899 established Sakai as an open port for trading with the United States and the United Kingdom.
Sakaiminato was founded on April 1, 1956. A merger with Yonago and other neighboring municipalities was proposed, but the majority of the citizenry voted against this, and Sakaiminato remained an autonomous municipality.

Geography

At the northern end of Yumigahama Peninsula, it is surrounded by the Miho Bay on the Sea of Japan to the east, Lake Nakaumi to the west and the Sakai Channel in the north, which also makes up the border with Shimane Prefecture and its capital Matsue.
The total area is 28.79 km2 (11.12 sq mi).

Economy

The seaport of Sakaiminato has a long history as a seaport for the San'in Region. Following World War II the city has served as the base of the fishing industry for all of Western Japan. Consequently, marine product processing is also a major industry in the city.

Transportation

Yonago Airport is in Sakaiminato and is the busiest airport in Tottori Prefecture. Nearby Miho Airbase, next to the airport, is run by the Ministry of Defence. Asiana Airlines operates a sales office in Sakaiminato.
Sakaiminato is linked to the Japanese railway network by the Sakai Line branch, which runs between Sakaiminato Station and Yonago Station on the San'in Main Line.

The port at Sakaiminato serves the DBS Cruise ferry Eastern Dream, which connects Japan to Donghae, South Korea, and Vladivostok, Russia.

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Sakaiminato, Japan: Port Information


Cruise ships dock at the port located about 5 km away from the city center. It is a 10-minute ride on a taxi. 

Get around Sakaiminato, Japan


No matter where you go in Sakai Minato you will always be within walking distance of a train station. In spite of the city's small size, there are six stations within city limits; Yonagokuko (Yonago Airport), Nakahama, Takamatsucho, Amariko, Agarimichi, and Sakaiminato Stations.
Taxis are available at Sakaiminato Station.

What to see in Sakaiminato, Japan


Walk down Mizuki Shigeru street and marvel at the many paintings and sculptures of the bizarre universe of monsters that are part of Kitaro's world.

What to do in Sakaiminato, Japan


  • Chiyomusubi Brewing, Taisho-cho 131, +81 859-42-3191. Tours at 11 AM and 2 PM weekdays; 10 AM, 11 AM, 2 PM, and 3 PM weekends and holidays. Daily tours of this excellent sake producer. The kura or sake brewery features a nice gift shop, a small restaurant for tasting, and of course fine sake. 

What to eat and drink in Sakaiminato, Japan


Local crab is excellent in season, but any fresh seafood here will be a good choice.
  • Iroha Sushi (いろは寿司) (near the waterfront), +81 859-42-3045. Excellent and a good value for lunch. Get there early as the master only uses the freshest fish and when he runs out lunch service is finished.

Shopping in Sakaiminato, Japan


Kitaro-related souvenirs of all types are available everywhere. Anything related to the Medama Oyaji or Eyeball Daddy character seems especially popular.

Safety in Sakaiminato, Japan


Japan is one of the world's safest countries, and street crime is rare. Nevertheless, you should always use your common sense as in any other place.

Language spoken in Sakaiminato, Japan


Japanese is the official language. English is understood in tourist places.

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July 15, 2020
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