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About Japantown

Just blocks north of downtown San Jose, Japantown is one of only three remaining historical Japantowns in America. Japantown (Nihonmachi) was founded by immigrant Japanese settlers in the Santa Clara Valley over a century ago. The historic neighborhood is home to many popular Japanese restaurants, martial arts schools, a robust Asian performing arts scene, and the awe-inspiring San Jose Buddhist Church Betsuin. One of the best neighborhoods in San Jose, Japantown offers homemade tofu, and features tea shops, and local culturally-focused businesses scattered throughout.

Quick Facts

Current Prices: $850,000 to $7,250,000

Closed Prices: $700,000 to $2,000,000

Median Sale Price: $1,040,000

Average $ per sq ft: $695

Association Fee Ranges: $74 to $422/mo, $0 to $390

Type: Attached Home (Condo, Townhouse, Loft, etc.), Single-Family Home

Age: 1885 to 2021

Sq. Ft.: 728 to 12150 Sq. Ft.

Bedrooms: 0 to 8 Bedrooms

Bathrooms: 0 to 5 Bathrooms

Around Japantown

Japantown is a small neighborhood; it spans only a few blocks, and is surrounded by high rises and townhouses in adjacent neighborhoods. For fans of historical architectural style, check out the Hensley Historic District, located just South of Japantown. One of San Jose's oldest neighborhoods, it has one of the largest collection of Victorian homes remaining in San Jose, and features historic style homes such as Dutch Colonial, Italianate. Queen Anne, Italianate, Stick-Eastlake and Colonial revival.

While you might assume you'll only find Japanese restaurants lined up on Japantown's beautiful streets, there is surprising culinary diversity in the neighborhood. Yes, there are authentic Japanese eateries, but you'll also find Chinese, Mexican, Ethiopian and American options. For confections even the Emperor of Japan approved of during his last visit to the States, stop by Shuei-do-Manju Shop on Jackson Street. Most of the hot spots are located on Jackson Street, making it an overall nice stroll for all. For foodies who love to cook at home, the popular Japantown Farmer's Market is held every Sunday from 8:00 am - 12 noon.

Consistently ranked among the best cities for young professionals, they also appreciate the vast array of nightlife, entertainment, cuisine and culture the laid-back northern California coast provides. Don't expect to see a lot of late-night socializing and activities, though: Japantown businesses generally open late and close early, leaving the streets deserted after hours.

For locals, Jack's Neighborhood Bar and Lounge offers a comfortable social scene to appreciate a relaxing drink after a hard day's work. For karaoke enthusiasts, residents enjoy the very popular 7 Bamboo Lounge. If the performing arts are your thing, head out on a Friday night to the Japanese-American Museum of San Jose for entertainment that includes acting ensembles, musicians, comedians, and playwrights, or at other venues for events hosted by the Contemporary Asian Theatre Scene. Film buffs will appreciate Asian-American film festivals and taking in local filmmakers works at the J-Town Cinema.

For a cultural experience, head to the Japanese American Museum, which hosts a variety of community activities and boasts 6,400 square feet of educational, permanent, and rotating exhibits. The Obon Festival in July features two days of cultural exhibits, food, game booths, and cultural demonstrations. If you've ever thought of taking up the traditional Japanese Taiko drums, learn how at San Jose Taiko, or just spend a Sunday afternoon as a spectator at one of their numerous performances throughout the year.

Locals Love

  • Proximity to the downtown
  • Mix of older homes and new complexes

Locals Don't Love

  • Metered street parking
  • Lack of parks and recreational spaces

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