Only three original Japantowns survived the relocations of World War Two one each in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and San Jose. The Japantown found in San Jose is more than 119 years old. Its authentic late-19th century buildings are made of wood and still stand where they were built adjacent to the city's Chinatown. Many of the first inhabitants were single men who had come from Japan to work in the nearby fruit orchards.
An ongoing attraction in Japantown is the weekly Farmers' Market. It is held each Sunday morning from 8:30am to noon, rain or shine. As an independent Certified Farmers Market, it offers fresh vegetables, baked goods, fruit, and nuts, as well as an assortment of non-agricultural products, such as jewelry and health products. Some specialties to look for include Corn-fu Kettle Korn and flowers brought in farm fresh from Salinas Valley Nursery and Contreras Farms.
The Japantown Farmers' Market is located on Jackson Street between Sixth and Seventh Streets, directly in front of Miraido Village. It is sponsored by the Japantown Business Association at 565 North 6th Street, San Jose, California 95112. The nearest VTA light rail station is Japantown/Ayer. Just walk north from the station to Jackson Street and turn right. Those who come by car will find meter parking throughout the area. All street meters are $1/hour and accept coins only.