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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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Houston, Texas
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4 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

We visited Japantown in San Francisco years ago when we visited San Franciso and we enjoyed that visit. Since we were staying in San Jose, we thought we would check out the Japantown here this time. I guess we had too high an expectation especially after our previous positive experience in S.F. Japantown, because we were kind of let down... More 

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San Jose, CA
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15 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

Little enclave of Japan. Great little restaurants...well except Okayama which has definitely tanked under new ownership, great little gift shops. Love the new "Biscuits" pet store altho it's pretty expensive it does have unique stuff for your best bud. The handmade mochi at Shuei Do, the best of the best!! Kazoo is a great place to sit at the sushi... More 

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British Columbia
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257 reviews
98 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 205 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

After dropping off some people at the San Francisco Airport, we headed south towards San Jose. We spent less than an hour in Japantown on this sunny Wednesday afternoon. The district was very quiet with very few pedestrians and no activity. Unless you’re coming here for a specific reason such as a special event, shopping or restaurants I wouldn’t make... More 

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San Jose, California
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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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50 reviews
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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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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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93 reviews
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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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91 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 80 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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59 reviews
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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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115 reviews
62 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
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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Address: Jackson Street, Between 1st and 7th Streets, San Jose, CA
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Jose

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