Surrounded by trees, this beautiful 35.6-hectare park stretches between Nintoku-tenno-ryo Kofun and Richu-tenno-ryo Kofun and features wide, grassy areas, ponds, and a variety of tree species. It serves as a symbol of Sakai and is a popular destination for residents seeking rest and relaxation.
At the time it became Osaka Prefecture's first officially designated park in 1873, Hamadera Park was widely known for the beauty of its white sand and blue pine trees. Today the park continues to enjoy popularity as a place to relax amid natural beauty including those famous pine trees and its rose gardens, and it now offers modern recreational facilities including baseball and softball fields and tennis courts. During the summer, spray erupts from its swimming pool and waterslide. About 70 meters north of the park's main entrance is a monument inscribed with a poem commemorating the first meeting of Yosano Akiko with her husband Yosano Tekkan
Created in accordance with a 1972 policy of preserving forested space in 9 designated cities of the future and today incorporating about 95 hectares, Oizumi Ryokuchi Park is a large, forested park with 320,000 trees. Evergreen, deciduous, and flowering trees exist in near-natural surroundings along with many wild birds and insects. Also popular is the Fureai Garden, a barrier-free area where visitors can experience flowers by their color, sound, and fragrance. The park is well loved by Sakai's citizens, whose commitment to maintain and expand the park is reflected in their enthusiastic participation in voluntary maintenance programs.
As you pass through the Japanese Garden's cypress gate, its 26,000 square meters of beauty unfold before you. Visitors can enjoy beautiful ponds and streams, a variety of elegant structures, and countless flowers in all their seasonal beauty as they stroll through the garden.
Xavier Park was built on the site of the residence of Hibiya Ryokei, a wealthy merchant who extended a warm welcome to Jesuit missionary Francis Xavier when he arrived in Sakai in 1550. The park was named Xavier Park in 1949 to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the missionary's voyage to Japan.
Forest Garden is located on a slightly elevated hill with a central pond enfolded in a blanket of green trees. Pathways wind among the trees, making the park ideal for short, therapeutic walks in the forest. North of the pond is a rest area and a vegetable garden where visitors can experience farming.
Mihara Furusato Park focuses on the Kawachi tradition of metal casting, which is a noted heritage of Mihara-ku. There are monuments created from metal casts located throughout the park in an effort to bring the superb casting technique of the Kawachi to life for current and future generations. The park has a historic feel, with a fountain based on the processes used to make castings and a sundial that serves as a monument to time located on one of the garden's miniature mountains.
Located in front of Sakai-shi Station on the JR Hanwa Line, Shinonome Park features a rose garden with about 1,300 rosebushes representing 60 species, a European-style promenade, and space for events. Sakai's citizens know the park as a place for rest and relaxation.
Located in central Mihara-ku, Funatoike Park features a variety of flowering trees including Japanese cinnamon, Japanese blue oak, and chinquapin. Funatoike is also home to wild birds such as white and grey herons, making it a popular spot for bird-watching.
Originally named Umihama Park when it was first built in 1879, Ohama Park today comprises a 16-hectare relaxation space with easily accessible facilities including a baseball field, swimming pool, gym, sumo wrestling hall, and a monkey island.
Famous for its cherry blossom viewing, Nishihara Park bustles with flower viewers in the spring. Japanese red pine trees grow near the pond, creating a relaxing natural landscape. Visitors enjoy sports and walking in the park while keeping in close contact with the pleasures of the seasons, including the fresh, green growth of spring, the shade of summer, the changing colors of fall, and the tree's bare canopies during winter.
Located at Tajima Pond (one of the city's retention reservoirs) and along its waterway, Shirasagi Park includes an iris garden, a sports plaza, a baseball field, and a toddler play area. The park is widely used by Sakai's children, adults, and senior citizens alike.
It was 1989 when the Dutch windmill "Mozu Dream" first began turning at Minato Sakai Green Plaza in part of Sakai's 7-3 sector. The spacious park includes a hill where visitors can enjoy flowers from the four seasons as well as grass and sports plazas. On a clear day Awajishima and the Akashi-Kaikyo Bridge are visible in the distance, and the park is well loved by residents as an area where nature can be experienced in the form of a breeze from the sea.
Located in the middle of Osaka Bay, Sakaihama is currently the target of a multistage construction project. Ocean Fureai Plaza opened in October 2000 on the western edge of the project. Built as the first step in creating a green environment, the facility is a futuristic one whose character changes as its plant life develops over time. On clear days, the Akashi Kaikyo Bridge is visible in the distance, and the Plaza lets visitors experience an open, spacious feeling as well as the smell of the sea.
Situated on a 17.2-hectare mountain with a lush natural environment, Sakai Nature Forest invites visitors to explore the possibilities of a new relationship between people and the mountains that surround their communities through a forest-themed program whose elements include playing, farming, learning, eating, and hiking. The facility also works with the Ichin Club (one of the city's volunteer organizations) to offer an "Experience Your Local Mountain" Program (reservations required) that includes nature observation gatherings, craft lessons, farming experiences, forest management, and other events. The Forest is also home to the Forest Center, a facility where other mountain-related programs and environmental classes are held.