Japantown Specialty Shopping Tour, San Jose, San Jose (Self Guided)

One of three official Japantowns in the United States, during World War II the Japanese population of this area was forcibly interned in camps. After the war, many Japanese Americans returned and started businesses here. Shops in Japantown offer traditional Japanese merchandise, as well as Korean, Mexican and Hawaiian goods. Take the following tour to discover the best in San Jose Japantown’s specialty shopping.
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Japantown Specialty Shopping Tour, San Jose Map

Guide Name: Japantown Specialty Shopping Tour, San Jose
Guide Location: USA » San Jose (See other walking tours in San Jose)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 7
Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 0.5 km
Author: AlexanderA
Sonny's Place Hawaiian Shop

1) Sonny's Place Hawaiian Shop

For over eleven years Sonny's Place Hawaiian Shop has specialized in gifts from the Hawaiian Islands. Featuring a wide variety of merchandise, including clothing, hula items, bags, backpacks, rubber stamps and stickers, hula classes are also offered from Monday through Thursday. This shop is closed on weekends.
Classic Rock Jewelry

2) Classic Rock Jewelry

Classic Rock offers a large selection of custom jewelry, including diamonds, pearls, colored gemstones, in Hawaiian, Chinese and Japanese designs. The shop also has a gemological laboratory that offers free classes on diamonds, pearls and gems. It is open Monday through Friday from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm, and Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.
Nikaku Animart

3) Nikaku Animart

Nikaku Animart is a small shop dealing in Japanese art items, including origami, tatami, manga, sake cups and much more. You can find nearly anything related to Japanese art and culture here. Old books and movies can also be found. It is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm, and Sunday from 10:00 am to 4:30 pm.
Kogura Company

4) Kogura Company

The Kogura Company is a family-owned shop specializing in unique Japanese gift ideas. One of the oldest businesses in Japantown, it offers a wide variety of items, including books, dolls, porcelain, vases and household items. Service is friendly and gift wrapping is available. It is open Tuesday through Saturday from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm, and Sunday from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm.
Nikkei Traditions

5) Nikkei Traditions

Nikkei Traditions features contemporary Japanese handcrafted art, gifts and design. You can find Japanese clothing, CDs, DVDs, books, musical instruments and other items. Though this shop sells modern merchandise, the traditions and heritage of Japanese Americans is preserved in their design. It is open Monday - Wednesday: 11:00 am- 4:00 pm; Thursday- Saturday: 11:00 am- 6:00 pm and Sunday: 10:00 am- 4:00 pm.
Shuei-Do Manju

6) Shuei-Do Manju

Shuei-Do Manju is a sweetshop specializing in manju, a Japanese delicacy made of flour, rice powder and buckwheat filled with red bean paste. Besides handmade manju, which is quite popular, other delicious sweets are sold here. This shop is open Wed: 11 am- 5:30 pm; Thu, Fri: 9 am- 5:30 pm; Sat: 9 am- 5 pm and Sunday: 10 am - 4 pm.
Nichi Bei Bussan

7) Nichi Bei Bussan

Nichi Bei Bussan, founded by Shojiro Tatsuno in San Francisco in 1902, operated until the Japanese internment of World War II. In 1948 the San Jose branch opened with the name N.B. Department Stores. In 1973 it became focused on traditional Japanese merchandise. In 1997 the San Francisco store closed and the San Jose branch returned to the original name, Nichi Bei Bussan. You will find a large selection of items here, including kimonos, yukatas, origami paper, futons and books. It is open Monday through Friday from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm, Saturday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm and Sunday from 10:00 to 3:00 pm.

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Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in San Jose for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best San Jose has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet

To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as San Jose, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device

Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.