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JFG Bus Tour 2016

Friday, April 29 7am-7pm

 Please join the JFG for our annual Japanese garden tour on Friday, April 29. The tour will include a visit to the James Irvine Japanese Garden, Little Tokyo, and the Japanese American National Museum.

The fee is $90 for JFG members and $100 for non-members, which include round-trip travel in a luxury coach (with a restroom), museum admission, and docent tour. Lunch is not included.


The Tour Schedule (please check this webpage for updates)

7:00am -   Depart from JFG (Organ Pavilion Parking Lot)
7:45am -   Pick up at La Costa Park & Ride
10:00am - Arrive James Irvine Garden at JACCC
11:00am - Explore Little Tokyo, Free Time
1:00pm -   Arrive at Japanese American National Museum - 60 minute tour
2:00pm -   Self guided tour inside JANM
4:00pm -   Depart from JANM
6:15pm -   Arrive at La Costa Park & Ride
7:00pm -   Arrive at JFG (Organ Pavilion Parking Lot)

Order Tickets Here (only 28 seats available)

The James Irvine Garden is one of Little Tokyo’s best-kept secrets as the urban oasis isn’t accessible from the street. This tranquil garden is an ideal setting to while away a few minutes far from the hustle and bustle of the city. According to the community center, gardens carry great importance in Japanese culture—caring for the grounds is a form of art and spending time among the flora encourages harmony with nature—so walk the outer path for a complete view of the garden’s foliage, babbling stream and cascading waterfall.

Little Tokyo is a major historic, cultural and civic center for Japanese Americans living in Southern California, located in downtown Los Angeles, with its roots dating back into the 1880s. One of the three remaining Japantowns in California (including San Francisco’s Nihonmachi and San Jose’s Japantown), Little Tokyo has survived overt discrimination, the Great Depression, the forced removal of all persons of Japanese ancestry during World War II, various redevelopment projects and the general geographic dispersion of Japanese Americans. It persists today, anchored by its multi-generational family businesses, churches and temples, and non-profit community organizations. With its new businesses and new visitors, Little Tokyo continues to evolve with designs to maintain its links to its cultural and historic heritage.

The Japanese American National Museum is a world-class institution, accredited by the American Association of Museums and an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution. Its members represent many different ethnic backgrounds and come from every state in America and 17 countries around the world. The current exhibits include "Common Ground" (a history of the Japanese American pioneers, the issei), and photographic histories depicted in "Two Views" and "Making Waves." Docents will lead the JFG tour group through the Common Ground exhibit.. The Two Views and Making Waves exhibitions will be self-guided . (


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Thank you for your support of JFG!!!

Order Tickets Here (only 28 seats available)


Japanese American National Museum

Little Tokyo

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Frederic Hewett

Frederic Hewett
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