Striking out on foot is a great way to take in the area’s lively downtown. Whether you fire up an app to find the latest hot spot, or let your senses guide you to the best restaurants and live music, there’s a world of art, eats and entertainment within a short stroll. Highlights include entertainment and eats at San Pedro Square Market, artistic offerings in the SoFA District, the architectural beauty of Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph and the authentic cultural attractions of Japantown.
The biggest names in entertainment play at the SAP. The indoor arena is one of northern California's major entertainment and sports venue, and home ice to the National Hockey League’s San Jose Sharks. Beyond the NHL action, the center hosts hundreds of other events each year, from top music tours, to national sporting events, to the traveling circus, and more. Inquire with the hotel concierge regarding upcoming events.
Celebrated as one of the top 100 places to see live music in the US by the editors at Rukkus.com, this lively public market is a destination for foodies, music lovers, locally-made shop supporters, demanders of coffee perfection, history seekers, old-time barbershop hunters, and wine and beer libation imbibers. Linger like the locals in the open-air plaza, sidewalk café and interior halls, where dozens of vendors showcase everything from sushi, to tapas, to unique home goods.
Rich in history and ringed with colorful stained-glass windows, this minor basilica is the cathedral for the Roman Catholic Diocese of San Jose in California, and the oldest parish in California. The soaring bell towers and dome stand on the site of church’s original adobe structure, which was built in 1803. Named for Saint Joseph, patron saint of the universal church, it was the first non-mission parish in California. Transformed by time, fire and earthquakes, the site is designated a California Historical Landmark and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Highlights include the ornate Latin frieze on the basilica ceiling, which is more than a century old. Free tours are offered. Check with your concierge regarding current days and times.
Recognized as one of the last remaining historical Japantowns in the United States, “J Town” is a magnet for those seeking a taste of authentic Japanese culture.
Springing up from the very place immigrant Japanese first settled in Santa Clara Valley, this walkable neighborhood today offers the chance to enjoy traditional Japanese cuisine, art and entertainment. Historic markers identify significant heritage sites in the city, which celebrated its 125th anniversary in 2015.
Japantown’s Sunday farmer’s market gives locals and visitors alike a chance to stroll stall-to-stall, surrounded by fresh produce, baked goods, sweet treats and more.
The districts plays host to traditional Japanese cultural events throughout the year. Check with your concierge regarding upcoming events.