Japantown is one of the last three authentic, historic Japantowns in the USA, located near downtown San Jose in the Jackson and Taylor neighborhood.
To get here by VTA Lightrail, use the Japantown/ Ayer Station and walk north to Jackson Street, then turn right onto Jackson (east)
If you are approaching by car from the south, please use Highway 280 North to Guadalupe Parkway north. Take the Taylor Street exit and continue east to Fifth Street. Turn right and continue to Jackson.
If you are approaching from the north, please take Highway 101 South to the Guadalupe Parkway exit. Turn left on Taylor Street. Continue east to Fifth Street. Turn left on Jackson.
If you are approaching from Hwy 880 please take the 1st Street exit South to Jackson Street and turn east on Jackson.
Bicycle racks are available on all primary Japantown streets.
$2 all day (8am-Midnight) public parking available from Jackson Street & (east on 6th Street or west from 7th Street)
All street meters are $1/hour coins only.
Businesses with their own parking include:
in back of the building, entrance on Jackson near 7th)
- Western Contract Interiors
- Japantown Medical Group
- Blockbuster Video
- Ikebana Arts
- The Classic Rock Jewelry Store
Santo Market: 6th & Taylor
Kubota Restaurant: 5th just south of Jackson St.
Nichi Bei Bussan: Jackson St between 3rd & 4th St
Okayama Japanese Restaurant: on Sixth half a block south of Jackson towards Empire.
Ukulele Jams: same as Okayama’s
Sonny’s Hawaiian Place: same as Okayama’s
Japantown Business Association: same as Okayama’s
FYI:In San Jose, a handicap sticker allows you to park in any metered space at any time free of charge BUT you must pay regular parking fees in public parking LOTS. Please be sure your handicap sticker is in plain view.