Australia and Japan have a large number of sister city relationships, including those at the prefectural and state level. Some have a long history, like the 30-year relationship between Adelaide and Himeji. These relationships have played an important role, not only in exchanging culture but also in developing business and the quality of life in cities. You may be surprised to discover which familiar cities have a relationship with each other. Enjoy reading more about the cities!


Australian Capital Territory

 Canberra – Nara City, Nara Prefecture

Nara is the capital city of Nara prefecture, located in the Kansai region of Japan. Due to its past as the first permanent capital (established in 710), the city is rich in culture, heritage and contemporary arts, including eight sites listed on the United Nations World Heritage Site list: the temples Todai-ji, Kofuku-ji, Gango-ji, Yakushi-ji, Toshodai-ji, the Kasuga Grand Shrine, Kasugayama Hill Primeval Forest, and the Heijo Palace Site. Also, Nara has many beautiful parks and gardens, such as Nara Park. Nara Park is famous for its deer, which have learned to ask for food by bowing to visitors. Nara is located less than one hour from Kyoto and Osaka by rail.,_Nara


New South Wales

 Sydney – Tokyo (Partnership City)

Tokyo is the capital city of Japan, and is located in central Japan on the main island of Honshu.
Tokyo prefecture is one of the most populous areas in the world, and over 13 million people live there. Tokyo is not only the political and economic centre of Japan, but has also emerged as a centre of the global economy and a centre of culture. There are numerous attractions in Tokyo, including sleepless cities like Shinjuku and Shibuya. You can also find Asakusa, which retains traditional sites of Tokyo, and Tsukiji, an open air wholesale food market. There are also large-scale downtown areas such as Ginza, where you can find famous shops from all over the world, and Akihabara, which has numerous electronics stores.


 Sydney – Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture

Nagoya is the largest city in the Chubu region of Japan. Nagoya’s two most famous sightseeing spots are Atsuta Shrine and Nagoya Castle. Atsuta Shrine is known as the second most venerable shrine in Japan, after Ise Grand Shrine. The shrine is believed to have been established during the reign of Emperor Keiko (71 – 130). Nagoya Castle was built in 1612. A large part of the castle burned out in a fire during World War II, and it was restored in 1959. The castle is also famous for its golden tiger–headed carp (Kin no Shachihoko) on the roof, which is often used as a symbol of Nagoya. Nagoya is also famous for its distinctive food culture. Tonkatsu (pork cutlet with miso based sauce) and tebasaki (chicken wings) are essential eating.,_Aichi


Bankstown – Suita, Osaka Prefecture

Bathurst – Okuma, Fukushima Prefecture,_Fukushima

Blue Mountains – Sanda, Hyogo Prefecture,_Hyogo

Clarence Valley – Izunokuni, Shizuoka Prefecture,_Shizuoka

Camden – Kashiwa, Chiba Prefecture,_Chiba

Campbelltown – Koshigaya, Saitama Prefecture

Coffs Harbour – Sasebo, Nagasaki Prefecture,_Nagasaki

Cooma Monaro –Yamaga, Kumamoto Prefecture,_Kumamoto

Corowa – Miki, Hyogo Prefecture,_Hy%C5%8Dgo

Dubbo – Minokamo, Gifu Prefecture,_Gifu

Goulburn Mulwaree – Shibetsu, Hokkaido,_Hokkaido

Gosford – Edogawa, Tokyo,_Tokyo

Hurstville – Shiroishi, Miyagi Prefecture,_Miyagi

Hawkesbury – Kyotamba Town, Kyoto Prefectureōtamba,_Kyoto

Lake Macquarie – Hakodate, Hokkaido,_Hokkaido

Lake Macquarie – Tanakura, Fukushima Prefecture

Liverpool – Toda, Saitama Prefecture

Lismore – Yamatotakada, Nara Prefecture

Manly – Taito, Tokyo,_Tokyo

Newcastle – Ube, Yamaguchi Prefecture,_Yamaguchi

Orange – Ushiku, Ibaraki Prefecture

Port Stephens – Yugawara, Kanagawa Prefecture,_Kanagawa,eCR-JE,bF,hT,uaHR0cDovL3d3dy50b3duLnl1Z2F3YXJhLmthbmFnYXdhLmpwLw==,f20140619125823-0,cVVRGLTg=

Port Stephens - Kanzan, Chiba Prefecture,_Chiba

Penrith – Hakusan, Ishikawa Prefecture,_Ishikawa

Penrith – Fujieda, Shizuoka Prefecture,_Shizuoka

Pittwater – Tadaoka, Osaka Prefecture,_Osaka

Port Macquarie – Handa, Aichi Prefecture,_Aichi

Queanbeyan – Minami Alps, Yamanashi Prefecture,_Yamanashi

Rockdale - Yamatsuri, Fukishima Prefecture,_Fukushima

Singleton - Takahata, Yamagata Prefecture,_Yamagata

Snowy River – Kusatsu, Gunma Prefecture,_Gunma

Sunshine Coast – Tatebayashi, Gunma Prefecture,_Gunma

Sutherland - Chuo, Tokyo,_Tokyo

Tamworth – Sannohe, Aomori Prefecture,_Aomori

Temora – Izumizaki, Fukushima Prefecture,_Fukushima

Warringah, Chichibu, Saitama Prefecture,_Saitama

Wellington – Toyama, Toyama Prefecture,_Toyama

Willoughby – Suginami, Tokyo,_Tokyo

Wollongong – Kawasaki, Kanagawa Prefecture,_Kanagawa



 State of Queensland – Saitama Prefecture

Saitama Prefecture is located in the Kanto region of the main island of Honshu, and is bordered by Tokyo, Chiba, Ibaraki, Tochigi, Gunma, Nagano and Yamanashi Prefectures. The geographic location is advantageous for business, living, and for cultural events. Saitama celebrates the Chichibu – Yomatsuri (night festival) where six floats, mounted with a decorative halberd, march with lively and soul striking Chichibu Yatai-Bayashi music. There are also a number of other must-see scenic sights in Saitama Prefecture, such as Nagatoro, which has rock formations along the river, the solemn Kuroyama Santaki Falls (Three Falls of Kuroyama), and the castle town Kawagoe.


 State of Queensland – Osaka Prefecture

Osaka is located in the Kansai region and in the approximate geographical centre of Japan. Osaka Prefecture is the second smallest prefecture. However, it has a population of 8.8 million, or roughly 7% of the entire population, making it the third most populous prefecture after Tokyo and Kanagawa prefectures. Osaka is not only a powerful economic city, but also a major entertainment city. There are many attractions such as Universal Studios Japan, Namba (a famous shopping and dining area) and Osaka Aquarium. Furthermore, Osaka has been called “Kuidaore”, which means “bringing ruin upon oneself by extravagance in food”, and is known for its food culture.


 Brisbane – Kobe, Hyogo Prefecture

Kobe is the sixth-largest city in Japan and is the capital city of Hyogo Prefecture. The city is located on the southern side of the main island of Honshu, and is approximately 30km west of Osaka. Kobe is known as a city with unique style and an exotic atmosphere, which has been shaped by its long-held status as an international port. Also, Mount Rokko overlooks Kobe at an elevation of 931 meters. Kobe is famous for its forests, which feature rich colour changes in the autumn. Access to Kobe from Kansai International Airport by ferry takes about 30 mins. Also, the railway network services Shin-Kobe station, providing optimal access from every direction, and domestic routes operate from Kobe Airport.,_Hyogo


 Brisbane – Nerima, Tokyo

Nerima is located at the north-western edge of the 23 special wards of Tokyo. The city is famous for being the birthplace of ‘anime’ in Japan. Many well-known anime (animations), such as Astro Boy and Candy Candy, are produced in this city. A large number of anime productions are also located in Nerima, including Toei Animation, Studio Gallop, Mushi Production and AIC.


Bundaberg – Settsu, Osaka Prefecture,_Osaka

Cairns – Minami, Tokushima Prefecture,_Tokushima

Cairns – Oyama, Tochigi Prefecture,_Tochigi

Central Highlands – Ichinoseki, Iwate Prefecture,_Iwate

Fraser Coast – Kasukabe, Saitama Prefecture,_Saitama

Fraser Coast – Otsuki, Yamanashi Prefecture,_Yamanashi

Gladstone – Saiki, Oita Prefecture

Gold Coast City – Kanagawa Prefecture

Gold Coast City – Takasu, Hokkaido,_Hokkaido

Logan – Shibukawa, Gunma Prefecture,_Gunma

Logan – Hirakata, Osaka Prefecture,_Osaka

Mackay – Matsuura, Nagasaki Prefecture,_Nagasaki

Whitsunday – Saikai, Nagasaki Prefecture,_Nagasaki

Redcliffe City – Sanyo-Onoda, Yamaguchi Prefectureō-Onoda,_Yamaguchi

Rockhampton – Ibusuki, Kagoshima Prefecture

Southern Downs – Shiwa, Iwate Prefecture,_Iwateichinosek

Sunshine Coast – Tatebayashi, Gunma Prefecture,_Gunma

Toowoomba – Takatsuki, Osaka Prefecture,_Osaka

Townsville – Shunan, Yamaguchi Prefecture

Townsville – Iwaki, Fukushima Prefecture



Northern Territory

Darwin – Aridagawa-cho, Wakayama Prefecture

Palmerston – Aridagawa-cho, Wakayama Prefecture




 The State of Victoria – Aichi Prefecture

Aichi is a prefecture of Japan located in the Chubu region. For centuries it has been a centre for traffic between western and eastern Japan, and has developed as an industrial hub. The major industries of this prefecture are ceramics in Seto and Tokoname, automobile manufacturing in Toyota, and the woollen textile industry in Ichinomiya. The prefecture is also the birthplace of three military leaders who shaped Japanese pre-modern history: Nobunaga Oda, Hideyoshi Toyotomi and Ieyasu Tokugawa. Aichi prefecture was also home to many of Japan’s leading castle towns during the Edo period. Hence, many historical assets remain today.


 Melbourne – Osaka, Osaka Prefecture

Osaka city is located in the Kansai region of the main island of Japan, Honshu. The capital city of Osaka Prefecture, Osaka is an economic and cultural hub and is Japan’s third most populous city after Tokyo and Yokohama. There are abundant cultural highlights in the way of traditional performing arts, such as Noh and Kyogen, as well as modern amusements such as the American Village, known as a mecca of young casual fashion. Also, the Tenjin Festival in Osaka is ranked as one of Japan’s top three festivals, alongside the Gion Matsuri in Kyoto and the Kanda Matsuri in Tokyo. The festival began in the 10th century, and today it takes place on the 24th and 25th July every year.


Ballarat – Inagawa, Hyogo Prefecture,_Hyogo

Campaspe – Shiroi, Chiba Prefecture,_Chiba

Frankston – Susono, Shizuoka Prefecture,_Shizuoka

Geelong – Izumiotsu, Osaka Prefecture,_Osaka

Greater Shepparton – Oshu, Iwate Prefecture,_Iwate

Greater Shepparton – Toyoake, Aichi Prefecture,_Aichi

Hobsons Bay – Anjo, Aichi Prefecture,_Aichi

Latrobe – Takasago, Hyogo Prefecture,_Hy%C5%8Dgo

Mitchell – Honbetsu, Hokkaido,_Hokkaido

Mildura – Kumatori, Osaka Prefecture

Port Phillip – Obu, Aichi Prefecture,_Aichi

Swan Hill – Yamagata, Yamagata Prefecture,_Yamagata

Warrnambool – Miura, Kanagawa Prefecture,_Kanagawa

Whitehorse – Matsudo, Chiba Prefecture,_Chiba

Wyndham – Chiryu, Aichi Prefecture,_Aichi



South Australia

 State of South Australia – Okayama Prefecture

Okayama Prefecture is located at the centre of the Sanyo Highway area in Japan, with Hyogo Prefecture to the east and Hiroshima Prefecture adjoining to the west. Okayama has a wide range of cityscapes, which are both historically and artistically important. “The Kurashiki Bikan Area” and “Okayama Korakuen Garden and Okayama Castle” are two major sights in Okayama Prefecture. The town and the garden display the history of Okayama and create a sense of nostalgic Japanese culture, providing colourful scenery that changes with the season. Also, the prefecture is known as the “Land of Sunshine” because it has more sunny days and fewer rainy days than most other prefectures in Japan.


 Adelaide – Himeji, Hyogo Prefecture

Himeji is a city located in Hyogo Prefecture in the Kansai region of Japan. Himeji is well known as the home of Himeji Castle, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Himeji Castle is the finest surviving example of early 17th-century (Shogunate period) Japan. The castle has retained its elegant appearance, unified by the white plastered earthen walls and multiple roof layers, despite extensive bombing in World War II and natural disasters such as the Great Hanshin earthquake in 1995 and various typhoons. Access to Himeji city takes approximately 1 hour from Osaka by JR rapid trains, and takes approximately 3 hours from Tokyo by Nozomi (bullet trains). You can walk to Himeji castle from JR Himeji station in 15-20 min.,_Hyōgo Prefecture


Barossa – Kumenan-cho, Okayama,_Okayama Prefecture

Clare & Gilbert Valleys – Bizen, Okayama Prefecture,_Okayama

Holdfast Bay – Hayama, Kanagawa Prefecture,_Kanagawa

Marion – Kokubunji, Tokyo,_Tokyo

Port Lincoln – Muroto, Kochi Prefecture,_Kōchi

Salisbury – Mobara, Chiba Prefecture,_Chiba

Tea Tree Gully – Asakuchi, Okayama Prefecture,_Okayama

Victor Harbour – Maniwa, Okayama Prefecture,_Okayama



Western Australia

 State of Western Australia– Hyogo Prefecture

Hyogo Prefecture is located in the Kansai region and faces the Japan Sea in the north and the Pacific Ocean via the Seto Inland Sea in the south. In Japan, 135 degrees east longitude determines Japan Standard Time, and this standard meridian runs through the central part of Hyogo Prefecture. Popular tourist spots in Hyogo are Himeji Castle, Mt. Rokko and hot springs such as Arima, Kinosaki and Yumura. Kobe beef, Izushi soba and local sake are some other representatives. Hyogo is easy to access by land and air. The bullet train (Shinkansen) stops in Shin-Kobe, Nishi-Akashi, Himeji and Aioi. Travelling from Kansai International Airport to Kobe city takes about one hour by limousine bus.


 Perth – Kagoshima, Kagoshima Prefecture

Kagoshima city is the capital city of Kagoshima Prefecture, located at the south-western tip of the island of Kyushu in Japan. The city is often compared to its Italian sister city Naples as a similarly mild climate. The city is also well-known for its neighbouring active volcano, and historic sites that remain from the Meiji Restoration. One of the best things to see in Kagoshima city is the view from the Amuran Ferris wheel on top of Amu Plaza Kagoshima, the shopping centre at the main Kagoshima-Chuo Station. Travelling to Kagoshima takes 1h 50 mins from Haneda (Tokyo) airport to Kagoshima airport or 1h 10 mins from Itami (Osaka) airport, then 40 min from Kagoshima airport to JR Kagoshima-Chuo station.,_Kagoshima


Albany – Tomioka, Gunma Prefecture,_Gunma

Albany – Nichinan, Miyazaki Prefecture,_Miyazaki

Belmont – Adachi, Tokyo Prefecture,_Tokyo

Broome – Taiji, Wakayama Prefecture,_Wakayama

Busselton – Sugito, Saitama Prefecture,_Saitama

Bunbury – Setagaya, Tokyo Prefecture,_Tokyo

Fremantle – Yokosuka, Kanagawa Prefecture,_Kanagawa

Geraldton–Greenough – Kosai, Shizuoka Prefecture,_Shizuoka

Rockingham – Ako, Hyogo Prefecture,_Hy%C5%8Dgo




 Hobart – Yaizu, Shizuoka Prefecture

Yaizu is a harbour city, located in the central part of Shizuoka Prefecture. It affords a breathtaking view of Mt. Fuji and the long shoreline that borders Suruga Bay, which is connected to the Pacific Ocean. The economy of Yaizu is dominated by the commercial fishing industry and food processing products such as katsuobushi, shiokara, tsukudani and kamaboko. Green tea, melons, tangerines and tomatoes are major agricultural products of Yaizu. Its nearest major airports are Chubu International Airport in Nagoya and Haneda Airport in Tokyo. It takes approximately two and half hours to reach Yaizu city from both of these airports via the fastest train services.,_Shizuoka


Clarence – Akkeshi-cho, Hokkaido

Launceston – Ikeda, Osaka Prefecture,_Osaka

Devonport – Minamata, Kumamoto Prefecture,_Kumamoto