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Tsuyama City is located at the top of Okayama Prefecture bordering Tottori Prefecture and Hyogo Prefecture. The city known for its rich history and culture, is famous for 17th-century Tsuyama castle, which was destroyed in 1874. The castle ruins, said to rival that of Himeji Castle in neighboring Hyōgo Prefecture, remain one of Tsuyama's main tourist attractions along with Joto Street, a narrow street of old, traditional buildings that was once part of the pilgrimage route from Kyoto to Izumo, and Shurakuen Garden, Sakura Shrine, Yayoi Village. The city is one of Okayama's largest agriculture areas and is known for the many wonderful festivals held throughout the year: the Blossom Festival held in early April; the Gongo Festival, the first Saturday and Sunday of August; Tsuyama Autumn Festival, mid to late October; the Lion Dance Festival, October 17, and Old Izumo Street Festival, beginning in November on Sunday.
A Sister Cities Agreement was signed between Santa Fe and Tsuyama commemorating their cultural similarities. They strengthen their relationship through cultural, economic and tourist-based exchanges.
Delegates from Santa Fe visiting Tsuyama, Japan in April 1995. Former mayor Larry Delgado, left; Arthur Olivas, center and former city councilor Art Sanchez.