Japantown

Japantown

Japantowns in the U.S. are an endangered species, but San Jose’s is alive and kicking. Just north of downtown, this historic – and still authentic -- neighborhood features outstanding Japanese restaurants, Asian performing arts, martial arts schools and places of worship such as the beautiful San Jose Buddhist Church Betsuin. Here you can still buy homemade tofu and manju (a Japanese pastry) and attend a weekly Farmer's Market year round. The moving and supremely educational Japanese American Museum features 6,400 square feet of permanent and rotating exhibits and host a variety of community activities. Japanese culture is also celebrated with live events, such as the Obon Festival in mid- July, featuring two days of game booths, food booths, cultural exhibits and demonstrations, and more than 1,000 dancers in full costume each evening, swaying under a canopy of colorful lanterns to live music from the Chidori Band and San Jose Taiko.

Japanese American Museum of San Jose
535 North 5th Street
San Jose, CA 95112
The Japanese American Museum of San Jose (JAMsj) showcases a unique collection of permanent and rotating exhibits chronicling more than a century of Japanese American history. Visitors will learn abou…
Japantown Farmers Market
Jackson between 6th and 7th
San Jose, CA 95106
Don't let the size of the Japantown Farmers Market fool you into thinking that you won't find much here to bring home, because the opposite is true. Prices are incredibly affordable, and the variety o…
Minato Japanese Restaurant
617 North 6th Street
San Jose, CA 95112
Recently visited by Anthony Bourdain for his series Parts Unknown, Minato serves delectable, authentic Japanese food with a focus on udon, donburi, nabe, shioyaki, teriyaki and steamer baskets. Their …
Gombei
193 East Jackson Street
San Jose, CA 95112
Arguably one of the best food options in Japantown, this place fills up quickly. The menu brims with Teriyaki, udon, tempura, curries, donburi and sashimi. This place is the real deal.