Japanese culture, crafts, music, and food!

We showcase traditional Japanese Culture in Santa Cruz, CA

103 Emmett St. Santa Cruz, CA 95060

Access Information:

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Toyota of Santa Cruz is providing a free shuttle every 20 minutes or so from Santa Cruz County Building parking lot to the Fair—from 11am to 6pm (except for about 45 minutes from 1:30pm).

Public parking on downtown Santa Cruz streets and parking garages—a 3-5 minute walk from downtown up the Mission St hill—Mission Plaza Park is across the street from Holy Cross Church & the Santa Cruz Mission. People can also bike or rent Jump Bikes to the Park.

Designated bike parking in upper right hand corner of Park. No sidewalk bike parking. Kindly leave your dogs at home—SERVICE DOGS ONLY ON A LEASH-- in Park on day of the Fair.

Handicapped parking spaces on Emmett St.

Our Mission:

The purpose of the Japanese Cultural Fair is to provide an opportunity for the community to increase its awareness and understanding of the Japanese community in Santa Cruz County as well as Japanese culture, both traditional and contemporary. We believe that through the arts, craft, and culture of Japan, we can improve mutual understanding among neighbors on the Pacific Rim as well as enrich our community life here in Santa Cruz.



Learn about our 30+ years of history, meet our team, and find out how to get involved!



Want to help us make the festival even better? You can become a contributor to our cause by making a monetary contribution or even shopping with Amazon Smile.

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This project has been made possible in part by a grant from the Alliance for California Traditional Arts, in partnership with the Walter and Elise Haas Fund, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and the Surdna Foundation.