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Join tens of thousands of visitors in exploring Japanese crafts, performers, music, dance, martial arts, food and drink, and dining customs

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Promotional value expires Sep 20, 2015. Amount paid never expires. Guests under the age of 18 must be accompanied by guardian. Limit 1 per person. Valid only for option purchased. Valid only for admission. Retail value reflects $10 ticket price, plus $2 processing fee. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Choose from Three Options

  • $17 for single-day admission for two ($24 value)
  • $34 for single-day admission for four ($48 value)
  • $33 for a two-day festival pass for two ($48 value)

This year’s JapanFest will be held Saturday, September 19, and Sunday, September 20, at the Gwinnett Center. Activities start at 10 a.m. each day—see the schedule to plan your visit. Children 6 and under get in free.


Samurai sword fights, flavorful bento boxes, and bone-shaking taiko drumming. Once a year since 1981, JapanFest has brought food, art, culture, and airline peanuts from the Land of the Rising Sun to the American South. Organized by JapanFest, Inc. and supported by the Japanese Chamber of Commerce of Georgia (JCCG) and the Japan-America Society of Georgia (JASG), the celebration features attractions that range from the high-adrenaline—swordplay and archery demos—to the serene, such as workshops on Japanese etiquette and the mystique of sake. Between martial arts and sushi-making lessons, visitors can head to the food court for old-fashioned udon, yakitori, takoyaki, and curry rice.

Customer Reviews

Very crowded, but very fun!
Margaret B. · September 23, 2015
Wear comfortable shoes and allow plenty of time to see many of the cultural demonstrations.
Sally E. · September 21, 2015
My daughter is into everything Japan, she loved it
Juovanna L. · September 21, 2015

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