Seafood and Sight-Seeing
Sakaiminato’s history is steeped in fishing tradition. Now the base of Western Japan’s fishing industry, Sakaiminato has been an open trading port with the U.S. and U.K. since 1899. Today the port town continues to be a haven for seafood lovers with fish markets and world-class restaurants scattered along its streets, making it the perfect place for visitors to taste the catch of the day.
The fishing industry is so important to Sakaiminato that every July the city holds the Sakaiminato Port Festival, complete with parades and fireworks. And the festival opens with prayers for another successful fishing season.
Sakaiminato is more than just its abundant fishing industry, it’s also the birth place of Shigeru Mizuki, the creator of GeGeGe no Kitaro, the manga stories that birthed so many of Japan’s favorite comic characters. Take a walk down Shigeru Mizuki Road, a street lined with more than 150 statues of his Japanese characters. If you’re a Manga fan, be sure to also visit the Shigeru Mizuki Memorial Museum to learn more about Mizuki and his creative characters.