San Jose’s Japantown grew from the site where Japanese immigrants first settled in Santa Clara Valley. More than a century later, it remains one of the last three historical Japantowns in the United States. A popular spot for visitors and locals alike, Japantown offers a mix of eclectic boutiques, traditional shops, art galleries, museums and authentic eateries.
The traditional approach to making tofu and manju is still cherished in Japantown; you can get homemade tofu from San Jose Tofu Company and manju from Shuei-do Manju Shop. For fresh produce, visit the weekly farmers’ market, open year-round. For sushi enthusiasts, Kazoo and Tsugaru serve as local favorites.
The Japanese American Museum of San Jose showcases a unique collection of permanent and rotating exhibits, chronicling more than a century of Japanese American history. Here, you can learn about the immigration of Japanese to America, their leadership in the agricultural community and their struggles during World War II.