J-Pop Summit 2017

Enjoy Japanese Music, Film, and Food

The J-Pop Summit Festival celebrates the Japanese culture and includes both traditional and modern elements. This annual two-day festival will be held September 9 - 10, 2017 at the Fort Mason Center.

The festival offers food, films, and appearances by special guests. Most events are on Saturday and Sunday between 11am and 8pm.

J Pop Summit

During this event, you will also find J-Pop Idol, autograph signings with Japanese celebrities, and a Food & Sake Summit.

More Details on this Year's Events

Here are just a few more details about some of the biggest events.

J-Pop Idol & Live Music

Sign up to sing your heart out in Japanese. This contest will take place at the Fort Mason Center and you must register in advance in order to participate.

In addition to J-Pop Idol, the festival will feature live music throughout the venue all weekend long.

Japan Film Festival of San Francisco

In addition to this two-day event, there is also a ten day film festival from September 1 - 10. It includes movies all about Japan and the Japanese culture. It starts the same weekend as the J-Pop Festival. All films show at the NEW PEOPLE Cinema in Japantown.

Click here for more details on this year's festival.

Fashion Show

You will also get the chance to see the latest fashions from Tokyo. It will include many top brands and will include some audience participation. The fashion show will be on the main stage during the J-Pop Summit.

Anime & Games

This year, you can enjoy discussions and autograph sessions by the Japanese top creator Wakamatsu Kaori.

Arts & Crafts

Purchase handmade gifts, accessories, and jewely inspired by Japanese fashion. The arts and crafts section will feature hundreds of unique pieces all weekend long.

More Details for the J-Pop Summit 2017

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You will find a variety of ticket options for this year's event. You can buy two-day tickets, which gives you full access both days. You can also buy just for one day. For certain activities, you can just buy a ticket for that part of the festival. VIP tickets are also available, which feature additional benefits.

I recommend buying your tickets in advance. Head to the J-Pop Summit website for ticketing details.

Places to Stay Nearby

If you are spending your entire weekend at the J-Pop Summit 2017, then I recommend finding a hotel nearby. The closest district is the Fisherman's Wharf area. You can find plenty of options there. Click here for my recommendations.

It's also easy to get to the Fort Mason Center from Union Square. This is where you will find the largest concentraion and variety of hotels. Click here for my recommendations.

You can also stay in Japantown. Here are some of the best options there:

  • Hotel Kabuki: Formerly the Miyako Hotel San Francisco, this 3.5-star hotel is your best bet. They offer comfortable rooms for a decent price (for San Francisco that is!). It is at 1625 Post Street. Rooms start at around $188 per night for this weekend.

  • Hotel Tomo: Another great option is the 3-star Hotel Tomo. It's a little pricier, but is very cute and comfortable. It is at 1800 Sutter Street. Rooms start at around $275 per night.

  • Queen Anne Hotel: One option that is just a few blocks away is the historic Queen Anne Hotel. This 3-star offers unique rooms with a personal feel. It is at 1590 Sutter Street. Rooms start around $189 per night for this weekend.

Save on Your Hotel: You can also save by booking through TripAdvisor. They feature a number of specials for hotels all around San Francisco and it's the best place to find a deal. Click here to check out their current special offers.

Best Public Transit Options

There are many buses that drop off within a few blocks of the J-Pop Summit. Your best options are 22 & the 43. Both drop you within a few blocks of the Fort Mason Center.

You can also take the Hyde/Powell line to the western side of Fisherman's Wharf and then walk over to the festival. It's about six blocks, but there is a hill you must walk up and over. You can also take the cable car to Fisherman's Wharf and then cab over from there.

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