Busan City Hall

City Government

Shimonoseki : Southwest port city, Japan


  • Location: Southwestern Japan
  • Population: 268,000
  • Area: 716km²
  • Climate: Temperate climate (Average temperature 16°C)
  • Department: Department of Policy Planning and Coordination
    • Address: 3-3-1 Buzenda-cho, 6th floor of Kaikyo Messe 1-1, Nabe-cho, Shimonoseki, Yamaguchi Prefecture, Japan
    • Phone: 81-83-231-9653/ Fax : 81-832-31-9654
    • Website: http://www.city.shimonoseki.lg.jp/

At a Glance

Shimonoseki is a city located in the western region of Japan and surrounded by many mountains and hills. The weather is mild and the frequency of earthquakes is low. It plays a role as a gateway to the continent and is the center of passenger and freight traffic in and out of Japan for domestic and international carriers. Ferries have operated between the two cities since 1970 and container ships have run since 1992.

A sister city relationship was established on October 11, 1976. Activities such as tourism exhibitions, joint participation at international conferences and visiting employee training groups are made every year. The 30th anniversary event, commemorating the establishment of our sister city relationship was held in Shimonoseki in August 2006. Two cities have send representative public officials every two years in accordance with the Agreement on Public Officials Exchange Program made on April 28, 1992.