San Jose Obon

Japantown celebrates the San Jose Obon festival, a time when generations of families and friends come together and enjoy a rich cultural experience in one of the three remaining Japantowns in the United States.  Japantown’s largest festival with two days of game booths, food booths, the Chidori Band, Three taiko performances each day including San Jose Taiko and over 1,200 dancers in colorful traditional festive wear each evening.

San Jose Obon FACEBOOK event page | #sjobon

Parking & Transportation

  • Free Parking in the County Lot at First and Hedding, shuttle buses will be provided to and from the festival.  Look for the Obon Canopy.
  • Light Rail Stations – Civic Center (1st & Hedding) & Ayer (4 blocks from festival)

2019 SAN JOSE OBON | July 13 – July 14

Saturday | July 13 – 12:00pm – 10:oopm
Sunday | July 14 – 12:00pm – 8:00pm
11:30pm – Temple Opens
12:00pm – Food Booths Open
12:30pm – Kyodo Taiko
1:00pm – Games Open
2:00pm – Buddhism 101 | Bingo Opens
3:00pm – Jodaiko Taiko
3:30pm – Buddhism 101
4:30pm – San Jose Taiko
5:30pm – Temple Closes
6:00pm – Chidori Band
7:30pm – Odori Starts
11:30pm – Temple Opens
12:00pm – Food Booths Open
12:30pm – Touzan Taiko
1:00pm – Games Open
1:30pm – Bakuhatsu Taiko
2:00pm – Buddhism 101 | Bingo Opens
3:30pm – San Jose Taiko
4:00pm – Temple Closes
4:30pm – Chidori Band
6:00pm – Odori Starts