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Japantown (San Jose)

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Address: Jackson Street, Between 1st and 7th Streets, San Jose, CA
Phone Number: 4082943138
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A quaint neighborhood with Japanese restaurants, shops and other...

A quaint neighborhood with Japanese restaurants, shops and other attractions.

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We were just there today. Interesting walk down Jackson Street looking at the shops and restaurants. Aromas were wonderful..and the market was a trip!

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
Augustbaby53
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San Jose, California
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Bakersfield, CA
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72 reviews
35 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My daughter and I came here to do some shopping. The employees were all very friendly. We enjoyed a few shops but were disappointed there wasn't more variety. I also should have checked the hours before we came - we got there around 10:30 to find most of the shops were still closed, so we had to wait around. We... More 

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San Jose, California
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22 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were just there today. Interesting walk down Jackson Street looking at the shops and restaurants. Aromas were wonderful..and the market was a trip!

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Elizabeth, Colorado, United States
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42 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Expected more venues that honored Japanese culture, but it is primarily a small retail area, with a few restaurants, and not somewhere to frequent unless you live in the neighborhood.

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San Jose, California
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11 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2016

Most people do not know but San Jose is a Sister City to Okinawa Japan. Yes it is small but do not be fooled it is packed with unique gift shops you would be hard pressed to find anyplace else. Most shops and food are on Jackson St but the side streets have some too, you just have to know... More 

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Boston, USA
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70 reviews
39 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2016

The Japan town in San Jose is small but has some great places if you miss Japanese food or just want to try something new. There's the manju shop (Shuei-Do) a Japanese grocery, and a few traditional souvenir stores. Between Japan town and downtown San Jose there are a number of really good Japanese restaurants too.

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Dublin, Ireland
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57 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2016

Always nice to walk through Japantown in San Jose as it almost a step back in time, not far back but just enough before Silicon Valley was inundated with massive technology firms. Nice to see places like Minato's and Santo's Market still thriving. Nice sunny day so what better that having shaved ice with azuki beans! This is a place... More 

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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25 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2016

Most of what we visited or saw was within a three block radius. Street parking gets filled quickly during the lunch hours. Would avoid visiting the area on Mondays as we found couple of eating places and certain retail shops closed on that day. Lot of historical information available if you have the time to visit the museum and the... More 

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San Jose, CA
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11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2016

Located close to downtown San Jose, and an easy walk from light rail, this is a must see especially if you enjoy Japanese food. There is a traditional Japanese Buddhist temple with koi ponds; great for Japanese festivals. The street is blocked off for traditional Japanese dancing/taiko drumming, and wonderful festival food. There are many Japanese restaurants, and businesses, and... More 

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CA
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2016

San Jose's Japantown is not the overhyped plastic "cultural enclave" that just turns out to be a tourist trap. This place is a genuine home to generations of Japanese Americans whose ancestors first came to America in search of opportunity. There are no fake pagodas here, just a neighborhood of friendly people willing to share their heritage with visitors. Home... More 

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Sunnyvale, California
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15 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2016

The compact size of San Jose's Japantown makes it an excellent choice for a walking tour, a lunch break in one of the many Japanese restaurants there, a visit to a Buddhist temple as well as to the Japanese American Museum of San Jose. One could easily spend a full day here. History markers, photos, crafts stores, tofu factory -... More 

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