Cultural and Educational Organizations

Museums and Japanese garden

1. Museums

  Asian Art Museum of San Francisco
  The Asian Art Museum of San Francisco is the largest museum in the western world devoted exclusively to Asian art with the permanent collections of more than 12,000 pieces representing over 40 Asian countries. The Museum regularly organizes major international exhibitions, and presents frequent educational programs celebrating Asian arts and cultures.
Location 200 Larkin St., San Francisco, CA 94102
Contact Tel : 415-581-3500
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Japanese American Museum of San Jose (JAMSJ)
The Japanese American Museum of San Jose showcases a unique collection of permanent and rotating exhibits chronicling more than a century of Japanese American history. Visitors will learn about early immigration of Japanese to America, their leadership in the agricultural community, their incarceration during World War II and the challenges they faced, while adapting and contributing to West Coast communities.
Location 535 North Fifth Street, San Jose, CA
Contact Tel: 408-294-3138
National Japanese American Historical Society (NJAHS)
The National Japanese American Historical Society is a non-profit membership organization dedicated to the collection, preservation, authentic interpretation, and sharing of historical information of the Japanese American experience. NJAHS plays a significant role in the health and vibrancy of San Francisco’s Japantown and its programs. Our work includes ground-breaking exhibitions and educational events for the public, historical research, and development of educational resources for teachers and students.
Location 1684 Post Street, San Francisco, CA
Contact Tel: 415-921-5007

2. Japanese Gardens

  Hakone Garden, Saratoga
  Hakone Garden is an authentic Japanese garden located in Saratoga including Japanese buildings, koi ponds and bamboo groves. The Hakone Foundation is a non-profit organization raising funds for support of the gardens and sponsoring Japanese cultural events.
Location 21000 Big Basin Way, Saratoga CA
Contact Tel: 408-741-4994
Japanese Tea Garden, San Francisco
The Japanese Tea Garden provides visitors from around the world with an opportunity to experience the natural beauty, tranquility and harmony of a Japanese-style garden in the heart of San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park. Originally created as a “Japanese Village” exhibit for the 1894 California Midwinter International Exposition, the site originally spanned about one acre and showcased a Japanese style garden.
Location 75 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, San Francisco, CA
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Japanese Friendship Garden (Kelley Park), San Jose
The Garden was built as a symbol of everlasting friendship between the City of San Jose and its Sister City of Okayama, Japan in 1965 and is patterned after the world famous Korakuen Garden in Okayama. In every direction the eye is delighted, complete with picturesque Japanese bridges, waterfalls and golden Koi fish. A year-round brook flows the length of the garden, pausing now and again to calm itself in one of several lovely ponds. It is truly an idyllic place to hold a ceremony. The "Living Symbol of Friendship" is available for wedding ceremonies only.
Location 1300 Senter Road, San Jose, CA
Contact Tel: 408-794-7275
Japanese Garden at Lake Merritt
This Japanese-style Garden was designed by Hisaichi Tsugawa and built principally by members of the Japanese-American community of Oakland and the East Bay. It was dedicated in 1960.
Location 666 Bellevue Ave, Oakland, CA
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