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Yachiyo City, Japan

Twinning Ceremonies
Tyler: May 1992
Yachiyo City: August 1992

Over the course of the past 28 years, a strong relationship between the two cities has developed resulting in a coveted trip rotation schedule shared between the two cities, usually coinciding with the rose festival activities occurring in Tyler and in Yachiyo. 

Yachiyo is located just 30 minutes by train from the Tokyo-Narita airport.

Our Common Interests

Tyler shares strong commonalities with Yachiyo City, stemming from their infamous rose gardens, which serve important cultural and business priorities in both cities. 

Recent and Upcoming Events

Impact

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Mr. and Mrs. Sugo of Yachiyo, with Pat Johns, center

Mr. and Mrs. Sugo of Yachiyo, with Pat Johns, center

How It Started

In 1991, Tyler sent the first two Texas teachers to Yachiyo City to work in junior high schools alongside JET teachers as a one-year pilot program. The successful collaboration led to the twinning of Tyler and Yachiyo in 1992 and a long-standing ALT Program.

Signing ceremony in Yachiyo

Signing ceremony in Yachiyo

Over the course of the past 28 years, a strong relationship between the two cities has developed resulting in a coveted trip rotation schedule shared between the two cities, usually coinciding with the rose festival activities occurring in Tyler and in Yachiyo. These biannual trips aim to increase collaborations between both cities by keeping city contacts current and bringing representatives from business and educational entities in both cities together.

Additional delegations have also traveled between Yachiyo and Tyler, including visits by the Yachiyo Boys and Girls Choir, the Tyler Junior College Dance Team, as well as visits by various representatives from each of our cities. As a result, many economic, educational and business partnerships have formed. 

Yachiyo’s Keisei Rose Garden is beautiful, and houses their infamous café, selectively using natural ingredients, including their roses, in teas and pastries. The Keisei Rose Garden received the Award of Garden Excellence at the 17th World Convention of Rose Societies in 2015 and houses over 10,000 roses of 1,500 varieties. Yachiyo City conducts many of the same activities occurring annually in Tyler, many of which are centered around their Rose Garden.