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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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Love Coming here for Sushi

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 22, 2015
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33 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Senior Contributor
38 reviews 38 reviews
21 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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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82 reviews 82 reviews
43 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 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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minneapolis
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146 reviews 146 reviews
23 attraction reviews
158 helpful votes 158 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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2,121 reviews 2,121 reviews
1,297 attraction reviews
1,231 helpful votes 1,231 helpful votes
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
12 helpful votes 12 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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4 reviews 4 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2014

My wife and I visited a couple times recently. We didn't eat at any of the restaurants, but we saw several, and a farmer's market, as well. There was a grocery store that's pretty typical of Asian markets. It's very small, though, so it's not the kind of place where you hand-pick your lobster or anything, but if you want... More 

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Bellingham, Washington
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66 reviews 66 reviews
22 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2013

I went to Ukulele Source at 599 N. 5th and enjoyed learning and talking with the owner...and over to Roy's Station Coffee and Teas for a fantastic special blend of ice tea and... on to Hukilau for really great poke salad dinner. This area is peaceful, full of interesting people and shops, good restaurants. Not the sort of place with... More 

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San Jose, California
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49 reviews 49 reviews
17 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2013

San Jose's J-town is under transition. What was formerly a place for local Japan-philes to come and shop for nostalgic or cultural hard to find items, has now started to become a little trendier and hip. No doubt all the hype from 49er QB Colin Kaepernick and his ink-inspired clothing line hasn't hurt, the retail selection here has transformed from... More 

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Newark, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2013

I have been to the yearly festival here several years in a row. The food is delicious and I love the Taiko Drummers. Wonderful.

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Senior Contributor
41 reviews 41 reviews
8 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2013

Good restraunts and great shops with a Japanese "flavor". A nice quiet neighborrhood with plenty of nice people and establishments to occupy a few hours.

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