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Finding a sister city

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Japanese local governments looking for sister city relationships overseas

Here you can find out what local governments in Japan are looking for a sister city relationship. Click on the town name or scroll down to see an overview of their region.

Local governmentPrefectureDesired Country or Region
Izunokuni City Shizuoka North America, Oceania
Nagi Town Okayama Australia, New Zealand

Izunokuni City (Shizuoka Prefecture)

Population 47,492 Area 94.62km2
Outline of Local Government

Izunokuni City is located to the Southwest of Tokyo, about 130 kilometers away from the Tokyo metropolitan area. It is in the northern part of Izu Peninsula, which is the eastern region of Shizuoka Prefecture. The population is about 47,000. The city is a good area for viewing the symmetrical Mt. Fuji.

In terms of the economy, we have agriculture, sightseeing industries, manufacturing industries, and so on. As for agriculture, we are the top producer of both strawberries and mini-tomatoes among all cities and towns in Shizuoka Prefecture. We have rich hot springs, which you can enjoy in hotels and inns in the city, and wonderful Japanese cuisine is served at those places.

There are many historic sites and heritage in the city. A historic reverberatory furnace built 150 years ago is one of them, and has been registered as the World Heritage. We also have five famous Buddhism statues all of which have been designated as National Treasures.

The city is one of the best places for cycling. You can go along the Kano river or cycle around in hilly and mountain areas. You can also enjoy many other outdoor activities.

There is one of the biggest hospitals which meets all sorts of medical needs, and many clinics taking care of the people in the region.

For education, we have two high schools and three junior high schools.

Website(s) https://www.city.izunokuni.shizuoka.jp/
Desired Country/Region of Exchange North America, Oceania
Desired Characteristics of Exchange Partner Educational exchange with elementary and junior high school
Other PR Information YouTube channel "Mayor MASA"

World Heritage
Nirayama Reverberatory Furnaces
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In July 2015, the Nirayama Reverberatory Furnaces was registered as a World Heritage Site, constituting "Meiji Japan's Industrial Revolutionary Heritage."
A reverberatory furnace was used to melt and cast cannons. It is the only existing reverberatory furnace in Japan that actually operated.

Hot springs
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The city has a number of hot springs, including Nagaoka, Ohito, and Hatake hot springs, each unique in its own way. There are over 30 hot spring inns and hotels in the city.

GeishaGeigi
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In the past, there were only two geisha schools all over Japan. Izu Nagaoka was one of them. Even today, beautiful geisha women are devoting themselves to performing arts.

Mount Fuji
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Only in Izunokuni City, you can see two World Heritage Sites at once. Mt.Fuji which was registered as a World Heritage Site in 2013, and Nirayama Reverberatory Furnaces in 2015.

Izu Panorama Park
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Izu Panorama Park is a well-known sightseeing spot. You can go up to the top of Mt.Katsuragi by the ropeway, and enjoy a spectacular view of Mt.Fuji and the Suruga Bay down below. There is an Italian restaurant and also a shopping area in the station building where the ropeway starts.

Agriculture
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In Izunokuni City, strawberries and mini-tomatoes grown in greenhouses, mandarin oranges, rice and many kinds of vegetables make up a large part of the agricultural industry.
The typical Japanese rural landscape spreads out in much of the city.

Date Modified Aug 2022

Nagi Town (Okayama Prefecture)

Population 6,000 Area 69.52km2
Outline of Local Government

Nagi is a town abundant with art and nature, located in northeast
Okayama Prefecture in the Chugoku region of Japan, bordering
Tottori Prefecture to the north. Nagi's main industries are
agriculture and forestry, and the town is well-known for its
Yokozen Kabuki, a form of traditional Japanese theater, in addition
to the local art museum. It is also host to the Japanese Ground
Self Defense Force Camp Nihonbara. In order to deal with its
decreasing population, in 2012 Nagi Town announced its
Declaration for Childrearing Support and currently maintains a high
birth rate due to the town's childrearing measures, drawing wide
attention domestic and abroad.

Website(s) http://www.town.nagi.okayama.jp/
http://www.town.nagi.okayama.jp/kankou/nagienglishinformation.html
Desired Country/Region of Exchange Australia, New Zealand
Desired Characteristics of Exchange Partner Educational exchange with our junior high school.
Other PR Information Welcome to Nagi (introductory video)
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Nagi MOCA (Museum of Contemporary Art)
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Working from a base proposal by famed architect Arata Isozaki,
winner of the 2019 Pritzker Architecture Prize, Nagi MOCA is made
up of three installations that are both elements of the museum's
structure and art works in their own right. Pushing the established
conceptions of what it means to experience art, we invite you to
explore the manipulation of shape and light, to take a moment to
reflect and meditate.

Yokozen Kabuki (traditional Japanese theater)
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Continuing a rich tradition since Edo-era Japan, Nagi's Yokozen
Kabuki is recognized as an important intangible folk culture asset
of Okayama Prefecture. Distinctive and dramatic, kabuki has long
been a Japanese icon. If you're in the area at the right time,
seeing a show first-hand in Nagi is an unforgettable experience.
Kabuki performances take place across the year, with the highlight
show taking place in autumn over two days.

Bodaiji Ginkgo Tree
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The large ginkgo tree at Bodaiji Temple, nestled up in the
mountainside of Mount Nagi, is recognized by the national
government as a natural monument and a prefecture-wide symbol
for Okayama. According to legend, the influential Buddhist reformer
Honen planted the tree when he began his initiation as a monk,
following his statement that 'learning begins from the roots'.
40m tall and 13m wide, the Bodaiji Ginkgo Tree is one of the
Yomiuri Shimbun's Top 100 Famous Trees of Japan for good reason.
Watching the passage of time for 900 years, the tree stands with an
unmatched presence, all the more alive for the years it has passed.

Mount Nagi
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Nagi takes its name from the nearby Mt. Nagi (1255m). Affording
a breathtaking view of the area from the top of the mountain and
serving as a backdrop for daily life in the town below, Mt. Nagi's
majestic presence draws eager trekkers all year round. Designated
as a national park, Mt. Nagi is a showcase for the diversity and
beauty found in Japan's changing seasons. Starting with spring's
new life, the landscape turns to a brilliantly rich green in summer,
which in turn sets alight with autumn colors. Culminating with
snow-clad winter vistas, the mountain is a sight at any point of
the year.

Nagi Beef
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Nagi Beef is an exceptionally high-grade wagyu beef that has found
its way into fashionable restaurants around Japan. And for good
reason: the breeding and care of Nagi Beef has been refined over
many generations, along with the pedigree of calf to cow. Recently,
Nagi Beef has been recognized at the Wagyu Beef Prize Show,
coming in at 2nd place nationwide.

Nagi Vikarya Museum
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Built to the shape of a shell, the museum exhibits the now-extinct
vikarya (bikaria), a relation to today's sea snail. Fossils from
50 different species are presented across 300 displays, and
outside you can dig for actual fossils from 16 million years ago.

Date Modified Jan 2020
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