Tuesday June 12, 2018

Updated on 8/2/2021

By PotGuide.com Staff

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San Jose is an awesome city filled with tons of fun and captivating attractions that are great for almost any type of person. But, as with any large city, it can be a little hard to navigate if you don’t know where you’re going or are unfamiliar with the area.

To help you enjoy the best experiences the city has to offer, we’ve put together an easy-to-digest article for anyone looking to elevate their adventures in San Jose. Don’t worry, there are plenty of resources for everyone – especially cannabis enthusiasts! Whether you’re attending the NCIA Cannabis Business Summit and Expo this July or just vacationing, our guide will help you have a great time!


As the largest city in Northern California with a population of over one million people, you better believe that San Jose has a wide variety of neighborhoods within its borders. And being that it is also dubbed the “Capital of Silicon Valley,” there are plenty of exciting areas to explore. Take a look at some of the most popular spots to check out:


It’s no question that the heart of San Jose is its downtown neighborhood. It’s also where you’ll find the majority of cannabis dispensaries in the area. There’s plenty of things to do and see downtown – almost too much to fit into a single day!

Tech Museum of Innovation
The Tech Museum of Innovation is a great place to visit after enjoying some cannabis. photo credit

If you make your way to downtown San Jose, be sure to check out some of the many museums in the area, specifically the Tech Museum of Innovation. There, you’ll find tons of information on Silicon Valley and America’s technological history. Not to mention that there are literally tons of interactive and hands-on experiences you can enjoy – the perfect activity for the explorative cannabis enthusiast!

Little Italy

Any cannabis enthusiast without a restrictive diet will love Little Italy for its cuisine and overall excellent vibes. Whether you have the munchies or are looking to chow down on some exquisite eats, Little Italy has just about every delicious Italian dish you can think of.

Even if you’re just looking to get outside and go for a walk, the several blocks encompassing Little Italy are a great way to combine a stroll with a history lesson. The area simply exudes Italian culture and is an excellent glimpse into Italian history and heritage in San Jose.

Willow Glen

Known as “San Jose’s Local Treasure,” Willow Glen is perhaps the best neighborhood to spend the day browsing boutiques and taking in some awesome grub. On top of being an splendid place to go shopping or explore some California cuisine, Willow Glen also boasts some of the best small-town vibes you can find in close proximity to downtown. Anyone who’s visiting the area and missing their cozy hometown feel should check out Willow Glen to recharge!


From sushi to tofu all the way to fresh produce and unique boutiques, Japantown is truly one of the most culturally thrilling areas of San Jose. The city was originally established by Japanese immigrants and has stuck around ever since.

Take a stroll through Japantown if you're looking to experience Japanese culture in San Jose! © BrokenSphere / Wikimedia Commons

Check out Japantown after enjoying some high-quality cannabis and the city will come alive with its vivid art displays and proud embodiment of authentic Japanese culture. Be sure to stop by the year-round farmers’ market too for some of the best produce in the area!

Los Gatos

If you’re looking to escape the city life and experience some nature in the San Jose area, Los Gatos is probably your best bet for adventure. With several great options for activities, Los Gatos is a great spot to unwind an experience a day outdoors. Add a little cannabis to the mix and you’ve got yourself an elevated nature hike or a relaxing day out on the lake.

Including Cannabis on Your San Jose Adventure

Now that California has legalized marijuana for adult-use, there are plenty of options for anyone looking to experience cannabis culture and take in everything that marijuana in San Jose has to offer. But before you take off on a California cannabis adventure of your own, it’s a good idea to make yourself aware of cannabis laws in California. You wouldn’t want your experience to be cut short by legal issues and neither do we!

Click here for an overview of cannabis laws and regulations in California.

Once you’re well aware of the laws that govern cannabis usage in California, it’s time to have some fun!

Where to Buy Recreational Cannabis

Of course, cannabis culture in San Jose couldn’t be enjoyed without actually consuming some cannabis! Lucky for you, there are many great dispensary options in San Jose. Whether you’re looking to grab some edibles, flower, concentrates or any cannabis products you’ve been wanting to try, odds are you can find them at a dispensary in San Jose.

California Cannabis
There are plenty of awesome cannabis products to choose from at recreational dispensaries! photo credit

It’s important to note that while cannabis is legal in California, the recreational market is still fairly fresh. That means that prices may be a little higher than expected due to supply and demand. It’s also a good idea to consider the state’s recreational cannabis taxes and how they may affect your final bill.

If you can get past the price tags, California really does have some excellent cannabis products to offer, and San Jose has some of the best dispensaries in the state. Here are just a few of our favorite shops in the San Jose area:

Not feeling any of the dispensaries above? Click here to view PotGuide’s complete San Jose dispensary directory.

Cannabis Events, Tours and Activities

The cannabis tourism industry is just starting to take flight in California, bringing with it new opportunities to learn about marijuana culture and experience the state’s budding industry. Arguably the best way to experience all that California’s cannabis industry has to offer is by attending cannabis events and networking with other likeminded individuals.

NCIA’s Cannabis Business Summit and Expo, held on July 25-27 in San Jose, is one of California’s premier events, connecting the best and brightest industry minds from around the globe. Attending the event is a must for anyone involved in cannabis. Check out the event agenda to see for yourself!

In addition to a plethora of cannabis events, California has a diverse selection of cannabis-inspired tours and activities that are a whole lot of fun for cannabis enthusiasts of all shapes and sizes! And as the state’s legal cannabis industry continues to grow, so too will its marijuana tourism market.

NCIA Cannabis Business Summit and Expo
Don't forget to use code POTGUIDE15 to save on registration costs! photo credit

In regard to cannabis tours, attendees of the NCIA Cannabis Business Summit and Expo have the option to experience exclusive NCIA-guided facility and grow tours that are specifically catered towards enhancing your event experience. Check out these awesome options available to event attendees and register today (Please note that all NCIA tours are conducted on Wednesday, July 25):

NCIA Facility and Grow Tours:

There are lots of other options for cannabis tours in California, but many of them reside beyond San Jose’s city limits. If you’re really itching to experience some more legal cannabis tourism though, there are a couple options. Both San Francisco and Oakland are about an hour away and each have cannabis tourism accommodations. Check them out for an unforgettable experience:

Other California Canna-Tours:

Navigating the City

San Jose makes things pretty easy when it comes to quick and effective public transportation. If you haven’t rented a vehicle, check out these easy options to get anywhere you need to go in the city!

Rail Services

The San Jose area is serviced by several rail options that connect to various aspects of the city.

Bus, Shuttle and Pedicab

Similar to the city’s rail services, there are quite a few options to get around the city in a bus, shuttle or pedicab.

San Jose Bus, Shuttle and Pedicab Options:


The biking community in San Jose is quite robust and offers many experiences for bikers to enjoy traveling throughout the city.

Ford GoBike
Ford GoBikes are conveniently located across San Jose for quick and easy transportation. photo credit

If you’re looking to hop on a bike to get from place to place, consider renting a Ford GoBike. With pickup locations all over the city, it’s easy to rent, travel and return your bike in an efficient manner!

Ride Sharing

Of course, San Jose is well-equipped with all the ride-sharing options you might find in other places. Uber and Lyft both operate in the area and can be ready to pick you up in a matter of minutes!

Key Takeaways

Well, there you have it! A tourism-focused, cannabis enthusiast’s guide to the wonderful city of San Jose! Obviously, we have only scratched the surface here and there are many awesome activities not mentioned. This guide simply serves as a starting point for your adventures in San Jose, so get out there and start exploring!

Do you have any tips or info for tourists visiting San Jose? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

PotGuide PotGuide.com Staff The PotGuide staff consists of a handful of extremely passionate people who fully believe in the exciting, ever-growing cannabis movement. The team strives to educate users in order to keep people on the right side of the law, while providing entertaining cannabis news and culture to help people stay up to date with the latest happenings in the world of marijuana.

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