Comfort Hotel Sakai
Phone: (81) 72 233 7111
Fax: (81) 72 233 7137
1-5-1 Ryujimbashi-cho Sakai-ku, Sakai, JP, 590-0972
- Phone: (81) 72 233 7111
- Fax: (81) 72 233 7137
Arts & Museums
The Bicycle Museum was opened in 1992 in Sakai, where 40 percent of the bicycles in Japan are produced. The museum provides information on the three main contributions of the bicycle: sports, health and the environment. On display are 40 bicycles from a collection of 150 classic models, along with the history of bicycle development. There is a corner for those with specific interest in gearshifts and brakes, and another corner promoting towns around the world where bicycle friendly projects are in place. There is also a Bicycle Park where you can ride replicas of the models on display in the museum.
The Sakai City Museum, opened in 1980 in Daisen Park, showcases materials reflecting the archaeological background, history, art, industry and various other aspects of Sakai. A particularly attractive feature is a section presenting Sakai in feudal and early modern times when the city was a prosperous commercial center. Among the exhibits are a model of a tradesman's house and a Namban folding screen depicting the manners and customs of Westerners and Namban lacquerware. The museum also exhibits a collection related to Yosano Akiko (1878-1942), a famous Tanka poet born in Sakai.
Located in the botanical garden of Nagai Park, the Museum of Natural History features regular and special exhibitions based on results of research in various fields of natural history. Complementing the regular exhibits of collected specimens are various educational programs designed to foster and promote a better understanding of nature. Special exhibitions are held periodically.
This museum is a must-visit not only for the connoisseur of good wines but also for anyone who has an interest in this most historical of all beverages. As well as exhibits that show the history and development of wine, this museum also houses a restaurant that allows patrons to sample wines from around the world. And for those who prefer not to drink on an empty stomach, the restaurant also serves French cuisine. If you need a bottle or two of wine to take home, drop in at the wine mart where you will find a huge selection to choose from.
Located in Naniwa, close to the center of Osaka, this museum opened in 1965, with human rights as its focal theme. On display are widely ranging historical materials in various fields related to human rights such as discrimination against women, ethnic minorities and the physically handicapped. The museum was redesigned in 1995 to present a more comprehensive range of human rights -related affairs including environmental issues. The museum is also involved in activities aimed at preserving, disseminating and presenting performing arts, music and other forms of traditional culture.
Conveniently located in Tennoji Park, just five minutes from Tennoji Station on the Midosuji subway line, the Osaka Municipal Museum of Art shows regular exhibitions of fine examples of traditional Chinese art such as paintings, calligraphic works and stone images of the Buddha. Japanese artworks, both old and new, are also on display (the basement may be rented as a gallery by contemporary artists). The museum also serves as a repository of a wide-ranging variety of Korean art pieces.
Suntory Museum, opened in November 1994, features as one of its main attractions the world's largest IMAX (3D) theater. The museum was designed by Tadao Ando, an eminent Japanese architect recognized around the globe. The museum's facilities are organized under five classifications that are organically linked for artistic unity and integrity. The museum houses a collection of approximately 8,000 posters that are exhibited on a revolving basis. These include works by such masters as Toulouse-Lautrec, Mucha and Cassandre. Glass pieces, including some rare works by Emile Galle, are also in the museum's collection.
A gallery located in the middle of a popular shopping mall in a tourist district of the city may raise the eyebrows of serious art critics, but to the layman in the area with an interest in art, the place is not too bad. Neither is it bad for someone looking to decorate that empty wall of his or her apartment, home or business. Most of the work on display is for sale, and for quite reasonable prices. The artwork is generally that of local artists, or prints of more well known, popular culture artists. A common motif, given the bayside location of Tempozan, is the sea.
This museum was opened in 1991 near the Ikegami-Sone Ruins, one of the largest archaeological sites related to the Yayoi culture. Using historic materials gathered from all over Japan, reproductions of ancient objects and the latest audiovisual equipment, the museum introduces the visitor to Japanese culture during the Yayoi Period (from around the 3rd-4th century B.C. to around the 3rd century A.D.). Among the museum's interesting exhibits are a model of the palace of Himiko, the Queen of Yamataikoku, and a reproduction of a rice field that depicts realistic scenes of planting and harvesting, based on the results of archaeological and folkloric studies.
The Modern Transportation Museum exhibits locomotives and other means of transportation, to aid in the study of traffic science. Founded in 1962, the museum presents the rapid technological progress made by the railway, with emphasis on future development. Operated by the West Japan Railway Company, the museum displays numerous steam locomotives, several of which are operated throughout the year. The museum is conveniently located in the highly accessible western part of Osaka, near Osaka harbor. The library and reference room are open to the public on Sundays and national holidays.
This unusual museum seems appropriately located in the ever-bustling Ame-mura with all its emphasis on Western pop-culture. The 'artifacts' you will find within are popular culture dolls and other icons dating back through the decades. Many of the things on display have become valuable collectors' items, especially the Star Wars memorabilia. The museum's centerpiece is a two-meter tall Billiken statue, which has spawned Billiken souvenirs you can buy within.
This museum is dedicated to the gorgeous Ukiyoe prints from the illustrative and highly creative Kamigata area. These prints depicted the Kabuki actors from Osaka, and are representatives of their elegant style and personality. Compared to the Edo (Tokyo) prints, the ones from Kamigata are much more glamorous and are a cultural must-see. Since its establishment in 2001, this museum organizes various themes and exhibitions for different seasons. Come visit the permanent display of Ukiyoe wood-block prints at this distinguished fine arts museum. Admission costs JPY500.