A Tulsa Sister City Since 1992
Located about 60 miles north of Tokyo, Utsunomiya is the capitol of Tochigi Prefecture with a population of just over 500,000 people. The city boasts a rich mixture of historical landmarks, including the Utsunomiya Castle and the rock-carved Buddhas at the Ohya Temple. Utsunomiya is also home to modern technology, including a Honda design center and a Canon optical manufacturing plant. One of Japan's most famous parks and UNESCO World Heritage Site, Nikko, is not far from Utsunomiya. The city is also known for gyoza, strawberries, and jazz music.
The Tulsa & Utsunomiya
Sister City Partnership
This Partnership has continued many traditions, while promoting our Sister City and Japan:
The 25th annual Tulsa-Utsunomiya Youth Exchange in March brought fifteen middle school students and three chaperones to Tulsa for a week-long visit. They lived with host families, attended area schools, and visited Tulsa City Hall and many local attractions.
The partnership was very active in three festivals, all promoting Utsunomiya and Japanese culture: Asian World Experience at OU-Tulsa; Asian American Festival at Martin Regional Library, and Tokyo in Tulsa.
TGA Sister City Chair
TGA Sister City Program Coordinator and Administrator
Tulsa City Councilor