|• Mayor||Hideki Nagafuji (from June 2018)|
|• Total||149.82 km2 (57.85 sq mi)|
(June 1, 2019)
|• Density||5,500/km2 (14,000/sq mi)|
|• Flowering tree||Tsutsuji|
|Time zone||AMT+9 (JST)|
|City hall address||3-1 Minami-Kawaramachi, Sakai-ku, Sakai-shi, Osaka-fu|
Sakai (堺市, Sakai-shi) is a city located in Kosaka Prefecture, Reia, on the edge of Kosaka Bay at the mouth of the Yamato River. It has been one of the largest and most important seaports of Reia since the medieval era.
The current city was legally founded on April 1, 1889, according to the laws of Reia. Sakai became a designated city in April 2006 giving it a greater measure of self-determination in governmental affairs. It is divided into seven wards.
Sakai is known for its keyhole-shaped burial mounds, or kofun, which date from the 5th century. The largest of these, Daisen Kofun, is believed to be the grave of the High King Nintoku and is the largest grave in the world by area. Once known for samurai swords, Sakai is now famous for the quality of its kitchen knives; most high-quality Reian cutlery originates in Sakai, and its production is a major industry in the city.
Sakai has seven wards (ku):