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Japantown (San Jose)

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Address: Jackson Street, Between 1st and 7th Streets, San Jose, CA
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Description: A quaint neighborhood with Japanese restaurants, shops and other...
A quaint neighborhood with Japanese restaurants, shops and other attractions.
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A nice little neighbourhood

Walking from the VTA light rail Japantown stop, walk north two blocks before walking off 1st Ave. that way you'll hit the centre of Japantown without walking up some not so clean... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 19, 2015
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San Jose, California
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

If you are looking for great Japanese food outside of Japan, visit Japantown San Jose! The little town is full of great restaurants and a few gift and craft shops. Sushimaru Japanese RestaurantIt on Jackson street is not to be missed! You might want to try some really good Hawaiian food at Hukilau on East Jackson. Japantown is within walking... More 

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San Jose, California
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15 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

Mainly a restaurant destination, although you might like Kogura's and Nichi Bei Bussan, which offer authentic Japanese items - porcelain dishes, chop sticks, vases, tea pots, kimonos, fabric; been here for as long as I can remember. San Jose Tofu Co. makes their own fresh tofu daily. Obon Festival is always fun in the fall, good food, Taiko drummers, some... More 

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Stafford, United Kingdom
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16 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

Walking from the VTA light rail Japantown stop, walk north two blocks before walking off 1st Ave. that way you'll hit the centre of Japantown without walking up some not so clean looking streets. Once there the street is packed with small shops, gift shops, and restaurants. Some shops selling simple gifts others selling specialist Japanese items. One or two... More 

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Palo Alto, California
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22 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

With the remake of Roy's service station into a great little coffee and tea establishment, a younger generation of Japanese Americans have returned to J town and have started opening up small boutiques . The place is still a place to go for good Japanese food, but it now is a place where one can go to shop for one... More 

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Sparks, Nevada
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86 reviews 86 reviews
23 attraction reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

We had high hopes for Japantown, in the end it didn’t live up to our expectations. Maybe because it is in San Jose rather than San Francisco. We wouldn’t go again but I do think that if you are interested you should go at least once just to say you’ve seen it. We only spent about an hour here so... More 

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21 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

I like walking around this mini-Japantown. I enjoy getting sushi, trying out some new spots and checking out some cool things when window shopping. I saw kimonos for dogs! Awesome. I feel safe walking around here at night, and it is close to other neighborhoods if you want to spend a night out drinking/eating.

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Columbus, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

I LOVED Japantown! I studied Japanese in college and am from the midwest, so during my short visit in San Jose, I had to stop here. This small community within San Jose was very cute, historic, and everyone was very friendly. There are several Japanese eateries, a few gift/art shops, a sweet shop and more. There are nice placards in... More 

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minneapolis
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25 attraction reviews
160 helpful votes 160 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

I REALLY enjoyed my visit here. Unfortunately we went at a very sleepy time - 10ish on a Sunday. Not much open yet but we did visit a few nice stores, enjoyed the farmer's market and loved the kids playing ukes at Ukelele Jams - so cool... and the garden store next door is an amazing little sanctuary. I particularly... More 

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Fremont, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

Downtown San Jose in July is so festive with its annual Obon Festival held in July. We like to go there often for dinner. There is a wonderful Japanese history museum, walking tour through Town (i.e. sign boards describing the area), Buddhist temple and garden, stores, and more. its outside so it is pleasant area to walk through. There are... More 

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Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
20 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

karate dojo and the best japanese food san jose to the south the farmers and the dark neiborhood of old style japan

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