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Sakai Robot Tour -Visiting historic spots with RoBoHoN-

March 29, 2019

From March 15th to May 31st, JTB Corp., Sakai city, and Sakai Tourism and Convention Bureau Public Interest Incorporated Association are conducting experiments of next generation tourism business, Sakai Robot Tour, produced by GHEN Corporation with technical support from Sharp.

Sakai Robot Tour lets tourists to visit historic spots, such as Nintoku-Tenno-Ryo Tumulus, the largest grave in Japan with RoBoHoN, the world’s first robotic mobile phone as their personal tour guide.

Sakai Robot Tour starts at hotel AGORA Regency Osaka Sakai, located next to Sakai station of Nankai Line picking up RoBoHoN at bell desk in the ground floor. The fee is 1,000 JPY for 1 unit/day from 9:00 to 17:00. (For more information, call +81-72-224-1121)

 

hotel AGORA Regency Osaka Sakai

hotel AGORA Regency Osaka Sakai

 

RoBoHoNs (Sakai Robot Tour version) await their guests

RoBoHoNs (Sakai Robot Tour version) await their guests

 

Meet RoBoHoN

After registration and setting, RoBoHoN will recognize the name and face of the tourist, and RoBoHoN is ready to guide.

 

Let us start Sakai Robot Tour

Let us start Sakai Robot Tour

 

Tram

The tour starts with taking a tram as Sakai is famous with trams remaining in service today.

 

RoBoHoN in Shukuin tram station

RoBoHoN in Shukuin tram station

 

Let’s get on the tram

Let’s get on the tram!

 

Observation Lobby in Sakai City Hall
The first spot is Observation Lobby on the 21st floor of Sakai City Hall. Visitors can enjoy 360 degrees view of Sakai from here.
At the lobby, RoBoHoN explains the direction to the Mozu and Furuichi Tumuli Clusters as well as what those tumulus are.

 

RoBoHoN telling the direction of where the tumuli clusters are located

RoBoHoN telling the direction of where the tumuli clusters are located

 

In the lobby, one of traditional crafts of Sakai, hand-woven rug was on display. Rugs in Sakai were derived from Chinese rugs, and since the number of rug makers are few, those picture-like hand-woven rugs are very rare today.

 

The hand-woven rug made in Sakai

The hand-woven rug made in Sakai

 

Daisen Park

The second spot is Daisen Park located in the Mozu and Furuichi Tumuli Clusters . In this park, two tea rooms recognized as national registered tangible cultural property by the Japanese government, called Shinan and Obaian are located. In Shinan, visitors can experience traditional Japanese tea ceremony in less-formal style.

 

In Daisen Park

In Daisen Park

 

Shinan, one of the tea rooms

Shinan, one of the tea rooms

 

Japanese green tea with traditional sweets (and RoBoHoN)

Japanese green tea with traditional sweets (and RoBoHoN)

Those tea rooms are one of the symbols of the era Sakai used to be the capital of tea culture. In addition to those tea rooms, Sakai City Museum, where historical item and artifacts related to Sakai are displayed, is also located in Daisen Park.

 

More Places to Visit

There are more places to visit in Sakai with RoBoHoN. Sakai Plaza of Rikyu and Akiko is a museum about the lives and characters of the Sakai born master of tea, Sen no Rikyu, and the poet and pioneer of Japanese modern literature, Akiko Yosano.
In Sakai City Traditional Crafts Museum, you can learn a lot about traditional craftsmanship ranging from food, clothes, and knives in Sakai.

 

Sakai Plaza of Rikyu and Akiko

Sakai Plaza of Rikyu and Akiko

 

Near Sakai Plaza of Rikyu and Akiko, a well used by Rikyu is preserved.

Near Sakai Plaza of Rikyu and Akiko, a well used by Rikyu is preserved.

 

Traditional knives made in Sakai are said to be used by 90% of chefs in Japan

Traditional knives made in Sakai are said to be used by 90% of chefs in Japan

 

As a city famous for tea culture, there are wide variety of sweets optimized for tea. RoBoHoN explains what they are if you are not familiar with traditional Japanese sweets.

 

Since Sakai is a huge city filled with historical places spanning over 15 centuries, a two day tour is recommended for fully enjoying Sakai. Spending one day around Daisen park, and another day to visit various museums throughout Sakai might be the best.

RoBoHoN as your personal tour guide, is a style of trips in the future. Experience the past and the future of Japan at the same time with Sakai Robot Tour. It is an experience only few cities can offer.

 

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