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Japantown (San Jose)

Address: Jackson Street, Between 1st and 7th Streets, San Jose, CA
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Ranked #22 of 64 Attractions in San Jose
Type: Neighborhoods, Cultural
Owner description: A quaint neighborhood with Japanese restaurants, shops and other attractions.
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Type: Neighborhoods, Cultural
Owner description: A quaint neighborhood with Japanese restaurants, shops and other attractions.

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English first
Columbus, Ohio
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82 reviews 82 reviews
43 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 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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138 reviews 138 reviews
22 attraction reviews
153 helpful votes 153 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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1,778 reviews 1,778 reviews
1,111 attraction reviews
1,045 helpful votes 1,045 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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East Coast
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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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57 reviews 57 reviews
20 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 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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50 reviews 50 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
2 helpful votes 2 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
42 helpful votes 42 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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Cypress, California
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53 reviews 53 reviews
18 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

Lots of choices of restaurants, several gift shops, etc. It's easy to find, but parking can be difficult, especially on weekends. I would like to see more shopping choices.

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