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                    Sakai Robot Tour -Visiting historic spots with RoBoHoN-

                    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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