Unnan City Japan

The City of Richmond and Unnan City agreed to form a sister city relationship in 1995 and 2014. Both cities vowed to contribute to their development through the advancement of mutual understandings between its citizens and to contribute to goodwill between the United States and Japan.

The City of Richmond and Unnan City agreed to form a sister city relationship in 1995 and 2014. Both cities vowed to contribute to their development through the advancement of mutual understandings between its citizens and to contribute to goodwill between the United States and Japan.

Sister Cities

The official relationship between Richmond and Daito Town, the predecessor of Unnan City, started in 1995. This connection was rooted in the relationship that Earlham College had with Daito Town since 1986 as a base for its students to have a rural experience in Japanese culture. Since 1999, around 7 junior high and high school students in Daito Town have been dispatched to Richmond almost every summer to deepen interaction during their homestay experience. Then in 2004, Unnan City was founded through a municipal amalgamation which included Daito Town. In 2014, the relationship expanded the City of Richmond and Unnan City becoming Sister Cities.

Unnan City Mayor Yuichi Hayami and Richmond Mayor Sally Hutton, 2014

Unnan City: A Brief Overview

Unnan City is in Shimane Prefecture, western part of Japan. Unnan has a rich natural environment of forests, rivers, and waterfalls that project calmness and softness. The legend of Yamata-no-Orochi in Izumo Mythology took place in Unnan. It is a great area to experience and learn about the traditional culture of Japan. Unnan City is also famous for its organic farming methods to produce vegetables that are fresh, safe, and tasty.

Click to access map of Unnan City's points of interest.
Unnan Official Website provides information not only for citizens in Unnan but also for tourists and business seekers outside the city. This website also has information about Richmond and how two cities are tightly related.
This website is operated by Tourism Association of Unnan. It provides you with general information about 7 famous spots with pictures.
This website is made with cooperation of the Shimane Prefecture Office. This all English website provides information about Izumo myth and tourism information about photogenic spots all over Shimane.


Sister City Exchanges

2012 & 2014: Unnan Visits Richmond  

Delegates of Unnan planted two Fountain Weeping Cherry Trees on the east side of the the Richmond Municipal Building in 2012 and 2014. These trees symbolize connective beauty, our environment, and our international relationship between sister cities.

2016: Unnan Students Visits Richmond

Eight middle and high school students from Unnan visited in August 2016 and made fantastic memories in Richmond. During their visit, they toured the Municipal Building, Police Department as well as Fire Station One.

Summer 2018: Unnan Visits Richmond

Eight students from Unnan visited in the summer of 2018.

2018: Richmond Visits Unnan

Mayor David M. Snow, Valerie Shaffer with EDC, and Professor Dyron Dabney with Earlham College visited Unnan in November 2018 and met the Mayor Hayami. They built new friendships and maintained the on-going collaborative efforts.

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2380 Liberty Ave.

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