Sister & Friendship City Relationships

Thirteen Michigan cities have formal agreements (signed by the mayors of both cities) establishing sister city relationships with cities in Shiga. Five Michigan cities have informal agreements with cities in Shiga and are considered friendship cities. In all cases, the sister/friendship cities participate in various exchanges. Many have middle-school student exchanges; some have exchanges involving artwork done by students; and many citizens from the sister/friendship cities in both countries have traveled on the Goodwill Mission to their partner cities. On the Sister State Board there is a Sister City Liaison who helps keep these important relationships strong.

Adrian - Moriyama Marquette - Higashiomi
Ann Arbor - Hikone Marshall - Koka
Birmingham - Ritto Olivet - Maibara
Clinton Twp. - Yasu Petoskey - Takashima
DeWitt & DeWitt Twp. - Koka Pontiac - Kusatsu
Garden City - Takashima Portland - Nagahama
Grand Rapids - Omihachiman Sault Ste. Marie - Ryuo
Holland - Nagahama St. Johns - Konan
Lansing - Otsu Traverse City - Koka