This sister city relationship is our oldest and was formalised on 14 May 1984 between Hamilton and what was then known as Urawa City.
Saitama (sitämä) prefecture was officially established on 1 May 2001. Urawa and its neighbours Omiya and Yono joined together to form the new city.
It has a population of over 7million and is located in the north of Japan close to the capital city Tokyo. This prefecture is part of the Greater Tokyo Area, and most of Saitama's cities can be described as suburbs of Tokyo, to which a large number of residents commute each day
Like Hamilton, Saitama City is a river city and is situated on the Ara River.
Saitama is considered to the third most important area in Japan in terms of art and culture and has a wide range of light industry.
A regular highlight each year is the visit of over 60 students from the junior high schools in Saitama. The students are hosted by Melville Intermediate and their families exchange families, and as well as taking part in school events, they visit council and take in some of Hamilton and Waikato's best tourist spots.
more information on Saitama.