Ashikaga, Tochigi, Japan and Springfield, Illinois, USA have been sister cities since 1990. Over that time 167 delegations of students and citizens have flown across the Pacific Ocean to learn about each other’s culture and history and to share hospitality and develop long lasting friendships.
Ashikaga is on the northern fringe of the Tokyo megalopolis. To the south, about 40 miles distant, is the center of Tokyo and on a clear day the skyline can be seen from Ashikaga. To the north are green mountains the foothills of which cradle the city of Ashikaga.
Visit the official Ashikaga webpage