Japantown is renowned for its vibrant eating scene, which includes inexpensive restaurants providing regional Japanese cuisine as well as Hawaiian and Japanese-American cafes. Fashionable gift shops, apparel, trendy art galleries, and karaoke bars are found on the bustling streets of Japantown. A dynamic district, Japantown features the Japanese American Museum which focuses on immigration and incarceration during World War II and the San Jose Buddhist Church Betsuin which has a tranquil setting.

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japantown,_San_Jose


Just west of the 1887 “Heinlenville” Chinatown colony, which comprised the block surrounded by Sixth, Seventh, Taylor, and Jackson Streets, Japantown began as boardinghouses for Japanese men.

Japantown’s population was mostly men lured by agricultural or general labor occupations. An increasing number of women arrived as picture brides in the early 20th century. Local establishments for food and clothing emerged as families began to form.

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japantown,_San_Jose

Japantown is defined as an authentic ethnic neighborhood and is also home to a number of traditional Japanese eateries. This region was designated by the California State Legislature as one of the last three historical Japantowns in the United States.


  • Obon (every July)
  • Nikkei Matsuri (every spring)
  • Aki Matsuri and Spirit of Japantown Festival (every fall)
  • Annual Certified Farmers Market organized by the Japantown Business Association

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  • Art Object Gallery  
  • Japanese American Museum of San Jose
  • Japanese American Citizens League
  • Japantown Community Congress of San Jose
  • Wesley United Methodist Church
  • San Jose Buddhist Church Betsuin
  • San Jose City Hall
  • Mexican, Hawaiian and Korean restaurants 


  • Cannery Park
  • Bernal Park


San Jose, CA 95112, USA

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