Lexington officially twinned with Shinhidaka, Japan in 1988 as part of the festivities during the Sister Cities International Conference in Lexington. Shinhidaka is the “Heart of the Horse Industry” in Japan. There are many thoroughbred farms surrounding the city with Japan’s top stallions standing in this area. Shinhidaka provides Japan with its largest sales pavilion for auctioning horses. Shinhidaka is located on Hokkaido, the northern island of Japan, and has a population of 26,000. If you visit Shinhidaka, you will enjoy its scenic beauty of mountains, sea, rolling meadows and lakes. It is an area blessed with natural beauty, located at the foot of the Hikada mountain range and facing the Pacific Ocean. In the spring when the cherry blossoms are in bloom, it is breathtaking.
If you are a middle or high school student and are interested in traveling to Shinhidaka, Japan during the summer, applications will be available here beginning in September. Please be sure to read the rules and requirements here before applying.
Shinhidaka Web Site