San Jose Japantown

Jackson Street corner 5th Street
San Jose, CA 95112

(408) 286-4413


San Jose Japantown offers a unique ethnic neighborhood and a rare blend of business, cultural, and historical resources.

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    Venues, Museums, Food

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Word on the Street

One of the best things about living in Silicon Valley is the rich diversity of its people, and the wonderful opportunities that come our way to expose our children to so many cultures and traditions.  Ethnic festivals abound, and one of the biggest and most popular in San Jose is coming up with weekend in Japantown.  The Nikkei Matsure, Japantown's annual arts and crafts festival, features over 40 artists -- representing a variety of fields such as clothing, jewelry, pottery, toys and dolls -- music, entertainment, exhibits and activities.  It's a wonderful event to take your family to expose them to Japanese culture and heritage, right in the heart of San Jose's Japantown, one of the only three surviving Japantowns in the United States.There's plenty to see and do at Nikkei Matsuri, from the many arts and crafts booths to the cultural displays at the nearby Buddhist Church Annex to the 3-mile Fun Run at 9:00am to the Health Fair and Farmer's Market.  There's even a special Kids Arts N Crafts section -- Suzume No Gakko -- at the Wesley United Methodist Church on 5th Street, where your child can enjoy listening to stories and making some traditional handmade Japanese crafts. Hungry? Not to worry.  You can get your fill of amazing Japanese-American culinary favorites like teriyaki chicken, inari sushi, tempura, udon, gyoza and ika, as well as more modern fun food like spam musubi and nikkei dogs.   Everything is pretty family-friendly, but if you've got picky eaters, regular street festival fare like barbecued ribs, ice cream, snow cones and chicken salads are also available.If you're feeling lazy and sleepy after all that food, you'll still enjoy sitting and soaking up the wonderful live entertainment that will be going on two stages (indoor and outdoor) throughout the day. The entertainment schedule begins and ends with the deep booms of the taiko drums, but there's lots more to see and hear in between, from ukelele to classical Japanese dance to a chidori band.   Or just sit and soak up the spring sunshine and enjoy the festive vibe that's going on all day long.  

San Jose Japantown: From the Parents


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