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By Train from Shin-Osaka Station 
Nearest station Ishizugawa Station, Nankai Line

Take the Midosuji Subway Line from Shin-Osaka Station and get off at Namba Station (about 15 minutes)

2.Take the Nankai Line Express for Wakayama from Namba Station and get off at Sakai Station. (about 15 minutes)

3.Take the Local train on the Nankai Line from Sakai Station and get off at Ishizugawa Station (about 3 minutes)

4.Take a taxi for Sakai Plant (about 10 minutes)

By Car 
If you use Hanshin Expressway Route 4 Gulf Line
・If you come from the Osaka direction,
 1.Exit the expressway at ‘Dejima’ and go straight
 2.Turn right at “Ishizu-Nishi Machi” intersection
 3.Go straight for about 10 minutes
 4.You will see the plant on the right-hand side.
・If you come from the Wakayama direction,
 1.Exit the expressway at ‘Ishizu’ and go straight
 2.Turn left at the first traffic light
 3.Go straight for about 8 minutes
 4.You will see the plant on the right–hand side

3-1-9, Chikko-Shinmachi, Nishi-ku, Sakai-City, Osaka Prefecture, 592-8331

Sakai City is located in the mid-south of Osaka Prefecture and was selected as an ordinance-designated city in 2006. The population and area are the second largest in Osaka Prefecture.
Sakai-Senboku Seaside Industrial Area
Sakai Plant is located within Sakai-Senboku Seaside industrial Area at the core of Hanshin Industrial region, which is a representative Japanese industrial region. Sakai-Senboku Seaside industrial area was formed by reclaiming the coast of Osaka Gulf to enable the promotion of heavy industries in the Hanshin Industrial Region after World War Ⅱ and extends across Sakai City, Takaishi City, and Izumi-Otsu City in Osaka Prefecture. The region is now home to a petrochemical complex, steel and metal plants, power stations, gas production plants and many more facilities, while also functioning as a harbor for Sakai-Senboku Seaport.

  Product creation starts at Sakai
The plant is located in Sakai City, which has a long history as a thriving center of product creation well-known for its guns, swordsmiths, and as the site of Emperor Nintoku’s Tomb, the largest keyhole-shaped tomb mound in Japan. As the saying goes, `Product creation starts at Sakai.` Sakai’s highly acclaimed bicycle manufacturing and metal production techniques are the direct result of age-old skills that have been applied to the production of knives and guns for centuries. The city has also given birth to many famous people and has led the way in various cultural matters.
↑Nintoku-ryo Tumulus

The age-old art of gun forging, which dates back to the Warring States Period, requires a wealth of experience and the advanced skill of a metal processor. The handles and forks made by Sakai’s Kakichi Kondo are said to mark the beginning of bicycle-manufacturing in the city, which went on to develop into a main industry. 

During the Tensho Period (1573~), knives for cutting tobacco leaves came to be made in Sakai City. The Tokugawa Shogunate branded these knives and monopolized their sale, resulting in wide-spread domestic fame for their exceptional sharpness.