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Japan Day Festival 2016

A One-Day Celebration of the Japanese Culture

Celebrate Japantown on Japan Day 2016. On this one day event, you will see traditional performances, demonstrations, and workshops by master Japanese artists.

All events are on Sunday, June 26 from 12pm to 5pm.

These are just some of the activities and performances at this year's event.

  • Fujima Sensei (Chicago/Japan)
  • Sakura Ren (San Francisco Awaodori Kai)
  • Kawahatsu Sensei (Calligraphy)
  • Gintenkai  Project (Chicago)
  • Tsukasa Taiko (Chicago)
  • GenRyu Arts (Taiko) 

From 4pm to 5pm, you can also participate in the Obon Odori ceremony. It's to honor those that have passed and to celebrate the wonderful people around us today.

This event is free and open to the public.

Other Festival Details

How to Get Here

Japantown is an easy place to get to from anywhere in SF. You can take the 2, 3, 22, and 38. All will drop you just a few blocks away.

If you decide to drive, there is a parking garage on the corner of Post and Fillmore (under Kabuki Theater). It's your best bet, unless you are lucky enough to find street parking.

Places to Stay Nearby

You will find three great places to stay near the Japan Day celebration.

  • Hotel Tomo: A 3-star with great rankings on TripAdvisor, it is right in Japantown and rooms for this weekend start at around $295. It's at 1800 Sutter Street.

  • Hotel Kabuki: A 3.5-star hotel with clean comfortable rooms near Japantown and the Japan Day festival. Rooms start at around $242 this weekend. It is at 1625 Post Street.

  • Queen Anne Hotel: Just a few blocks away is the historic Queen Anne Hotel. This 3-star offers rooms with character for a more interesting stay. Rooms start at just under $200 a night for this weekend. It is at 1590 Sutter Street.

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My Favorite Restaurants

You will find a number of great places to grab lunch before or dinner after the Japan Day festival. You can either stay in Japantown or head up the street a few blocks to Pacific Heights. It just depends on what interests you.

Here are a few of my favorites nearby:

  • Kappa Japanese Restaurant: It's a great restaurant with sushi and other Japanese cuisines. 1700 Post Street, $$$$

  • Kushi Tsuru: It's one of the many sushi and Japanese cuisine places inside the Japan Center Malls in the area referred to as Restaurant Row. $$

  • Suzu Noodle House: This is another one of my favorites. They have amazing ramen and other Japanese specialties. 1825 Post, $$

  • Roam Artisan Burgers: Walk over to Fillmore Street for a great place for burgers. It's usually packed, so plan to wait a little bit for a table. 1923 Fillmore Street, $$

  • The Elite Cafe: Another one of my favorites on Fillmore is The Elite Cafe. They serve up Cajun and Southern Food. 2049 Fillmore Street, $$

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