#876 Sakai’s famous historical attractions, Rikyu and Kofun.
Sen no Rikyu
Sen no Rikyu was the great tea master from about 420 years ago. “Sakai Risho no mori” is a place where visitors can learn about Sakai’s history and Sen no Rikyu’s achievement. They can also experience Japanese tea ceremony here. Rikyu’s birthplace is actually right in front of the building. There are volunteers who can give a tour around the place.
↑Sakai Risho no mori
↑Rikyu’s birth place
↑Starbucks, next to Risho no mori, has a unique drive way that features Japanese rock garden.
Nintoku Tenno-ryo kofun
Another crucial thing in Sakai is “Nintoku Tenno-ryo kofun”(Mausoleum of Emperor Nintoku). This is the largest keyhole-shaped burial mound in Japan. It is thought to have been constructed in the 5th century. The city government is trying to register it as a World Heritage Site.
↑The mound is surrounded by three moats. (A moat is deep, wide ditch, typically filled with water)
↑A place of worship, we can’t go any further.
↑Imperial Household Agency says “Fishing and bird-catching are prohibited in this area.”
↑The circle is where I visited