Don’t miss out!
Shopping for the unique and unknown in Sakai, Osaka.

Sakai, which is between Kansai International Airport and Osaka, used to be a brisk trading city, open to the world.Many shrines and temples, town houses, and the remains of a spinning mill in the town create a historic atmosphere.Visit a nice shop in this history-rich town and be charmed by another aspect of Osaka.

01. [DAY.1] 11:00
Old tools and dry flowers, which compose a pretty picture
when they are artfully arranged.

An old school uniform shop on a shopping street that reminds us of the good old days was renovated by restructuring old material. The owner Daiki Tsuji, who is also a carpenter, selects retro sundry goods, and his partner, Yuko Fukuro makes arrangements of dry flowers, nuts, and leaves. Their articles, which are as artfully composed as paintings, are exhibited to give color to the space. You can find many one-of-a-kind items created with seasonal plants combined into a wreath or spray.

1-1-20, Ayano-cho-higashi, Sakai-ku, Sakai, Osaka
TEL: 072-248-5571
Open: 10:00 - 17:00 (11:00 - on Monday)
Monday to Friday (irregularly opened on Monday)

02. [DAY.1] 14:00
A café where time passes slowly,
reflecting the character of the owner.

Naoyuki Sakamoto, the owner, renovated an over 80-year-old row house with DIY to make a café with a warm atmosphere. Attracted by the cheerful character of the owner, who says “My ideal is a good old day’s coffee shop where people casually talk with the owner and have a cup of coffee”, many guests stay more than an hour without noticing that time has passed. There are two kinds of coffee: strong and mild. Each cup of coffee is carefully extracted, changing the grinding method and dripping method.

2-59, Minamijima-cho, Sakai-ku, Sakai, Osaka
TEL: 072-229-3545
Open: 11:00 - 20:30 (- 22:00 on Saturday and Sunday)
Closed on Monday and Tuesday (Irregularly closed when setting up a booth at events)

03. [DAY.1] 18:00
A guest house which conveys
the traditional lifestyle of Sakai.

Stay at an inn opened in 2016, where you can experience ordinary Sakai residents’ lives. The two rooms inspired by the words of Sennorikyu, “Shichu-no-sankyo (a remote place in an urban area)”, are both quiet 6-tatami-mat spaces, where you can forget the noise of the city. Creators who were born and brought up in this town revived the culture they inherited from their ancestors. In the annexed café, you can eat a select breakfast made with locally produced vegetables.

1-1-23, Kumano-cho-nishi, Sakai-ku, Sakai, Osaka
TEL: 072-275-7060
2 rooms, 10,800 yen~/ night, 2 persons/ room

04. [DAY.1] 24:00
A long line of people forms at the night market!
A noted tempuraspecialty store of Sakai.

Although it opens at 12 o’clock at night, a line of people forms before thistempurarestaurant opens, even on weekdays. A casual style restaurant where you order by writing what you want to eat on a slip and handing it to a staff member. They provide freshly fried tempuraafter receiving the order. They serve at least 60 kinds of ingredients, which change every day. The combination of flavors with the tentsuyudipping sauce and grated Japanese radish is delicious.

Tempra Daikichi
2-4-28, Sakaebashi-cho, Sakai-ku, Sakai, Osaka
Within Sakai fish market
TEL: 072-233-8418
Open: 00:00 - 09:30 (- 23:00 on Saturday, Sunday, and holidays)
Monday (midnight of Sunday)

05. [DAY.2] 14:00
Good designs from all over the world match with
the tasteful town house where the atmosphere of an archetypal image of Sakai still remains.

Vintage furniture and lighting fixtures collected mainly from Europe and the U.S., tableware from Japanese creators, and other select items are gathered in one place. Tetsuya Fujitani, the owner, has deep knowledge of overseas interior design, and visits Milano Salone, the biggest furniture exhibition in the world, almost every year. He introduces his pick of the best designs at his shop. The appearance of the over 130-year-old town house also adds a nice touch to the place. Simple and modern products look more beautiful when they are placed in a space where an archetypal image of Sakai still remains.

1-1-13, Sakurano-cho-higashi, Sakai-ku, Sakai, Osaka
TEL: 090-3288-4657
Open: 13:00 - 19:00 (Open only on Sat., Sun, and national holidays. Appointment is needed on other days.)
No scheduled holidays

06. [DAY.2] 15:30
Taste excellent sweets for tea in a town
where the culture of chanoyu(tea ceremony) was born.

Tsuboichiseichahonpo was established in Sakai in 1850. It moved after the war, but in order to bring back the only thing which survived the war, the store’s signboard, they opened a café in Sakai in 2013. A town house built in the Genroku era (1688 – 1704) with a beautiful backyard was renovated into a modern space which has a sense of spaciousness and calm. The sweets, made with an abundant amount of top-quality powdered green tea and roasted tea selected by a tea appraiser, are all excellent.

Saryo Tsuboichiseichahonpo Sakaihonkan
Saryo Tsuboichiseichahonpo Sakaihonkan
1-1-2, Kuken-cho-higashi, Sakai-ku, Sakai, Osaka
TEL: 072-227-7809
Open: 11:00 - 17:30 L.O. (Product shop 10:30 -)
Closed on Tuesday (Open on national holidays)