Agreement Signed Jul. 3, 2017
Population 330,000
Mayor Akira Ogawa
Language Japanese
Currency Yen
Timezone UTC+9


On July 3, 2017, we formalized a Sister City relationship with Maebashi, who had previously been our Friendship City since October of 1998.

Since it became a city in 1892, Maebashi, the capital of Gunma Prefecture, keeps developing as a center of politics, economy and culture. In 2004, it merged with its three neighboring towns: Ogo-machi, Miyagi-mura and Kasukawa-mura. In February 2024, Akira Ogawa made history as Maebashi's first female mayor.

Locale Information

Maebashi is a city located in the Gunma Prefecture, which is situated in the central part of Honshu, the main island of Japan. It is the capital city of the Gunma Prefecture and is located approximately 100 kilometers northwest of Tokyo, the capital of Japan.

Maebashi has a population of over 330,000 people and is an important commercial and cultural center in the region. The city is known for its historical landmarks, including the Maebashi Castle ruins and the Fukiware Falls, as well as its hot springs and natural beauty. Maebashi is also home to several universities and colleges, making it a hub for education and research in the region.


The main driver of the economy in Maebashi, Japan is manufacturing, particularly in the automotive and electronics industries. Maebashi is home to several major manufacturing companies, including Honda, Isuzu, and Toshiba, which provide employment opportunities and contribute significantly to the local economy.

Additionally, the city has a strong agricultural sector, with a focus on rice and vegetable production. Tourism is also a growing industry in Maebashi, with attractions such as the Maebashi Castle and the Gunma Museum of Art drawing visitors from around Japan and beyond.

Fun Facts

  • Tourist Places

    Tokyo (includes Imperial Palace, Skytree, Mount Fuji, Disneyland); Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park; Historic Kyoto; Island Shrine of Itsukushima; Historic Nara; Himeji Castle; Nagasaki; Okinawa

  • Climate

    Varies from tropical in south to cool temperate in north

  • Sports

    Sumo wrestling, karate, judo

  • Local Meal

    Sushi — small rolls of vinegar-flavored cold cooked rice typically served with a garnish of raw fish; Japanese curry — meat and vegetables in a simple curry sauce with Japanese spices and usually served on top of plain steamed rice