Many Tulsans opened their homes in the spring of 2014 to middle and high school students from our Sister City, Utsunomiya, Japan…and it was a fun experience for all!
Since 1995, our Sister City of Utsunomiya Japan has sent middle school students to Tulsa for homestays and school visits. The friendships formed have been numerous and the memories incredible!
Since July 1992
The sister cities of Tulsa and Utsunomiya have provided a unique opportunity for students to learn more about each other’s cult
ure, education, and family life through a student exchange program sponsored through the Tulsa Global Alliance. The students travel to the other city, live with a host family and attend school with a host student.
Located about 60 miles north of Tokyo, Utsunomiya is the capitol of Tochigi Prefecture with a
population of 516,513 people. Utsunomiya has given the City of Tulsa cherry seeds with the hope that one day Riverside Drive will be lined with blooming cherry blossoms in spring. Tulsa reciprocated by presenting redbud seeds to Utsunomiya.
The city is rich with a mixture of historical landmarks: the rock-carved Buddhas at the Ohya Temple, and modern technology such as the Nissan plant. Japan’s most famous park, Nikko, is not far from Utsunomiya.