Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California

  • CA


1840 Sutter Street
San Francisco
United States

About Us

The Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California (“the Center”) is a nationally recognized community-based California non-profit organization located in San Francisco's Japantown. The goals of the Center are 1) to preserve, promote, educate and share the Japanese/Japanese American cultural heritage 2) to preserve the community’s history, stories and legacy 3) to develop and implement exchange programs between the Japanese American community and Japan 4) to advocate, organize and empower the Japantown and the Japanese American community to address concerns and relevant issues and 5) to address the most pressing, changing and emerging needs of the Japanese American community.


The Center’s main building opened in May 1986. It includes conference rooms, a full commercial kitchen, a community social hall and offices which house other non-profit organizations. The Nisei Community Hall/Gymnasium addition was completed in 1990 and includes a high-school regulation-size gymnasium with multipurpose usage for traditional Japanese and modern performing arts, cultural arts, social/recreational activities and large-scale community events. The first floor currently houses an exhibit gallery, art and ceramics rooms and the Japanese American History Archives.

The Center, by acting as a focal point for the community, operates a 17,500 square foot facility seven days a week and offers services and its facility to over 185,000 individuals, families and other community organization annually. In cooperation with these organizations, the JCCCNC is able to provide an array of programs including traditional and contemporary Japanese cultural arts, after-school activities and recreation for children and youth, community festivals, exhibits and forums, social services for immigrants, performing arts, as well as a number of social activities for community members of all ages, including seniors.

Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California (JCCCNC) 1840 Sutter Street, San Francisco, CA 94115 (415) 567-5505 / fax (415) 567-4222 email: info@jcccnc.org