Denver-Takayama Sister Cities Presents: Japan in Depth Hokuriku Travels The Party Train to Takayama October 15 – 25, 2015 Experience less-frequented Japan: snow monkeys in Nagano, the remote island of Sado, the world class Kenrokuen garden in Kanazawa Learn more
Worldwide Festival Sunday, October 4th, 2015 DCPA Galleria 10:30 am – 5:00 pm Vendor Sign Up Celebrate the art, crafts, food, dance and cultures of Denver’s ten Sister Cities! Entrance to the daytime fair is free! Sponsorships available – Learn more
Please join Mayor Michael B. Hancock, Councilman Albus Brooks, and Denver Sister Cities International for the exciting kick-off of Global Exchange a speaker series for the international business community Global Exchange will offer direct access and introductions to Denver’s twelve Learn more
We are celebrating 55 years of friendship between Denver and Takayama. Officially Sister Cities since 1960! Thursday, July 2nd 5:30 – 9:00 PM Wellshire Event Center Official ceremony recognizing 55th anniversary Happy Hour Dinner Live music by “Take Three” Fashion Learn more
Takayama, Kyoto, Hakone & Tokyo April 12-23, 2015 Registration for this trip is closed! Experience Japan, from the traditional to the modern, from a small mountain town to the world’s largest city. Ride Shinkansen (bullet trains) and visit world Learn more
The Denver Takayama Committee Invites You to: Setsubun 2015 Tuesday, February 3rd 6:00 PM Sonata’s Sushi 3108 South Parker Road Aurora, CO 80014 $30 – Adult (20 and older) $20 – Teen (13-19 years) $10 – Child (6-12) Learn more
Join us on Thursday, January 8th, 2015 6:00 – 7:00 pm Cocktails & Hors d’Oeuvres 7:00 Dinner State of the Agency Swearing in of the 2015 Board of Directors Recognition of 2014’s Outstanding Volunteers Keynote: Denver’s International Strategy Learn more
Colorado Gives Day 2014 December 9th Created by Community First Foundation in 2007, ColoradoGives.org makes fundraising simple for nonprofits and giving easy for donors. Colorado Gives Day is an annual statemwide movement to celebrate and increase philanthropy in Learn more
The Worldwide Festival continues with The Worldwide Gala Sunday, September 7th McNichols Building, 144 W Colfax Please join us at our annual fundraiser! We have visiting dignitaries and friends coming from our Sister Cities in Brest, France and Nairobi, Learn more
- Takayama is located in central Japan in the Gifu prefecture of the Chubu region.
- With almost 100,000 residents, the city is known for its breathtaking carpentry.
- It is believed that the city’s carpenters also helped with more famous structures like the Imperial Palace.
- The history of Takayama dates back to the prehistoric age. Many ancient peoples lived there, evident by the great number of relics and remains of the Stone Age that have been excavated in the city.
- After the Reformation of the Taika (645 A.D.), the imperial governor was sent to that part of the country. The people there were very poor at that time so the government classified this area as a low-class district in taxation. The government then ordered the inhabitants to go to Nara, the capital at that time, to serve in the compulsory labors. Because of their skill in working with wood, Takayama residents built the imperial temples and shrines. As time went on, these people became known at “Artisans of Hida” for their skill in construction and sculpture.
- The birth of modern Takayama dates from the Muromachi Period (1504 – 1520 A.D.) when one of the powerful families built a castle on the top of Shiroyama HIll and ruled the area.
- By the government of Kanamori family, which lasted for 107 years, the present structure of the town was formed by putting the political, economic and cultural systems in order as a center of the administrations of the region. This was a culturally-minded family who encouraged the artisans to make various handcrafts. Their skillful technology continues to receive high praise today.
- In 1936, the town was reorganized as a municipality and in 2007, by the last annexation of nine towns and villages, Takayama became the largest city in Japan by area.
- Japan has been at the forefront of thinking of beneficial, peaceful, and mutual relationships, like the ones through Sister Cities International.
- In 1960, Takayama became Denver’s second sister city, after an invitation carried by Tomatsu Muayama of the Japan Times in Tokyo.
- Suprisingly, Denver and Takayama have much in common, from tourism as an important industry, to geographic similarities such as mountains, rivers and hot springs.
- Since the official affiliation, the cities have participated in many exchanges between high school students, business executives and delegates.
- There have been cultural collaborations like the 1994 joint concert between the Takayama Wind Orchestra and the Denver Municipal Band. The concert demonstrated that music is an international language and won a Sister Cities International award.
- Another award-winning collaboration was during the 1981 International Year of the Disabled Persons, including all the visits and celebrations that resulted from the program.
- Student exchanges continue with Denver hosting a delegation of students from Takayama one year, the following year a delegation of Denver students travel to Japan. In 2014 we will be sending a group of students to Japan with 5-6 days of homestay in Takayama included in their time there.
- The Takayama committee also plans adult trips to Japan. The goal is to make this an annual event beginning in 2014!
- In addition to student exchanges, there have been exchanges between musical groups, medical professionals and business representatives. This is an excellent venue for sharing cultural and professional knowledge!
- In 2012 the Takayama committee received a Kaiser Permanente Grant to send tsunami victims to visit Takayama and meet with five DSCI students as well as local students.
- The Takayama committee also sponsors many cultural events, like celebrations of Setsuban, Tanabata and a Shinnenkai (New Year’s gathering) .
- The Takayama committee has also participated in the annual Cherry Blossom Festival in Denver.
- The City of Takayama park is located at Cherry Creek Drive North and South Colorado Boulevard.
City of Takayama website:
City of Takayama website (English version):
Website for the most recent adult trip to Japan (2011):
Website for the most recent student trip to Japan (2012):
Chair: Steve Comstock
Secretary: Gail Jackson
Treasurer: Jim Tait