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Japantown - San Jose
Japantown - San Jose Tips
Explore Japantown in San Jose for 3 days
Explore San Jose's Historic Japantown in 3 Days

If you are going to San Jose and want to know about Japanese history you will need a few days to see everything. San Jose is a beautiful city and there is much to do but you need 2-3 days.

August weather is a beautiful time to visit. We will summarize the tips here.

Seattle Japantown Background
Although Nihonmachi never returned to what it once was, its presence can still be felt today. The area is lined with other historic buildings, restored by the descendants of some of the original property owners. Together with other community-minded business owners, they have spurred a revitalization effort to continue its distinct cultural essence. Kobo has moved into the former Higo Variety Store, retaining the spirit of Nihonmachi through its shop and gallery, which features artists of the Pacific Northwest and Japan. The NP Hotel was restored and the new Nihonmachi Terrace built to house families and elders. Restaurants dot the area, featuring tatami rooms and sushi bars to enjoy traditional and contemporary Japanese cuisine.

List of Stores in Japantown, Seattle
1) Minakei Restaurant, 304 6th Avenue South, Seattle WA 98104, 206-622-2631
A landmark restaurant and building. You have to call to make reservations, leave a message of time and party size. They will call you back or page. You can order off the menu by plates or by items. Established in 1904, the first sushi bar, tatami rooms (private matted rooms) and karaoke bar were created. The original Maneki was built on the hill on 6th Ave. S and Main St in the heart of Nihonmachi or Japantown. The white building was 3 stories and looked just like a Japanese castle. On weekends it served 500 plus customers in the "tatami rooms" or private matted rooms. It served the Japanese community with its many theatrical plays, weddings and funerals. When World War II broke out everyone that was Japanese were interned in camps. The beautiful castle was ransacked and became a ruin. A space in the NP Hotel was used for storage for all the internees that were forced into camps. It was after the war in 1946 and when the internees