Did you know that San Jose's Japantown is one of only three surviving Japantowns in the United States? Did you know that it is the only Japantown in its original location? Let a JAMsj docent take you around to all the historic sites, from the Issei Memorial Building (a former Japanese hospital) to the Buddhist Church (parts of which served as a temporary shelter for Japanese Americans after they were released from the internment camps). 

To schedule a tour call the JAMsj Outreach Coordinator at (408) 294-3138 or send an e-mail to: outreach@jamsj.org.

Japantown Landmark


A nine foot tall, three-sided bronze sculpture beautifully graces the front of the historic Issei Memorial Building at 565 North Fifth Street in San Jose Japantown.  The 3-Japantown landmark is one of three similar monuments erected in Los Angeles and San Francisco, providing a unifying element to the remaining Japantowns in the United States.  The three faces of the sculpture depict three themes: the Issei (first generation) experience, the internment period, and a celebration of the unique cultural aspects of the Japantown communities. The artistic team of Lou Quaintance and Eugene Daub from Berkeley were selected to create the landmark, and noted poet Janice Mirikitani wrote a poem inscribed on  the sculpture.