Bath – Beppu
A World Heritage city and home of the UK’s only hot spring; Bath was perhaps a good choice for a country which had so many hot springs of its own. In June, 1991, the Director of Marketing at Bath made a trip to Beppu and liked the city very much. On the basis of this, two years later, a European Inspection team from Beppu visited Bath and were similarly taken. A formal twinning agreement was signed in 1996 and formal exchanges have been happening ever since.