Downtown San Jose

FanimeCon is set against the hustle and bustle of downtown San Jose. Surrounding the Convention Center are a number of hotels, restaurants, and cultural attractions. If you’re looking for a good time or an educational experience we hope these directional links help you as you try to acquaint yourself with FanimeCon and the surrounding area.


There is nothing more enjoyable than being in a place you love and being able to sleep comfortably and take care of your hygiene at the same time. This is made easy at FanimeCon as there are hotels connected to and surrounding the San Jose Convention Center.

You can use the book or change an existing reservation on the Fanime Housing Site.


Of course it wouldn’t do to allow attendees to starve during the convention. Luckily we have you covered, as there are many eating establishments within and around the convention to keep you full and energized. From the wonderful hotel cuisine and the food offered by the Convention Center is plenty to keep you sustained, but if it doesn’t suit you every time you feel the pang of hunger, there are more choices outside. For every person and every craving there is a bit of food to satisfy. For more information about these alternatives, please use the dining guide from San Jose Convention and Cultural Affairs.


For a comprehensive list of ways to get to the convention, please visit the Convention Center website. This list includes driving directions from different areas (including northbound and southbound directions) and will help you find your way.


Between the Convention Center, the hotels, and the surrounding area, there are many places to stow your car around the downtown San Jose. Many of these places charge for parking or have a fee for a valet, so make sure you have some extra cash handy just in case! For a list of places to park, please see San Jose’s website.

Public Transit

Concerned about the earth? Simply don’t want to drive? Then take public transit! The bus lines, light rail and trains all have stops near the Convention Center. The following links can find these routes and help you plan your trip:

  • For VTA services (including light rail and bus routes): VTA
  • For CalTrain information: CalTrain
  • For the DASH route (which runs on business days only): DASH

Trying to find the best route for the different public transit systems can be challenging, so Transit511 has a trip planner and a list of other public transportation websites.


vta_bug_color_smallKonnichiwa! O genki desu ka? The Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) is pleased to partner with FanimeCon! As the Official Public Transportation Provider for FanimeCon 2014, we urge you to take VTA bus and light rail to all your convention destinations. To make your trips more convenient and hassle-free, please load cash on your Clipper card. Please tag your Clipper card on the card reader prior to boarding a VTA bus. When taking light rail, please tag your card on the Clipper card reader located near the ticket vending machines prior to boarding. For more information about Clipper, please visit For your customized trip plan, please visit

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Shuttle Bus

Our shuttle bus transportation (provided to all FanimeCon members with FanimeCon 2014 badges free of charge) runs in continuous loops to/from the San Jose Convention Center for the following hotels:

  • DoubleTree by Hilton San Jose
  • San Jose Airport Garden Hotel (formerly Radisson Hotel)
  • Holiday Inn San Jose Airport (formerly Wyndham)
  • The Fairmont San Jose

Each of the hotels will have the driver and transportation contact information.

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Fanime Free Shuttle Route Identification

  • Route A – SJCC / Hilton, Fairmont, Holiday Inn, & Radisson.
  • Route B – SJCC / Hilton, Fairmont, and DoubleTree.
  • Route A/B – Combined route. Stops at all locations.


Peak = approximately every 20-25 minutes
Off Peak = approximately every 30-45 minutes
Hourly = approximately every hour

Shuttles start at 4:00 PM Thursday May 22th

Thu May 22Route A4:00 PM10:00 PMOff Peak
Route B4:00 PM10:00 PMOff Peak
Fri May 23Route A8:00 AM2:00 PMOff Peak
Route A2:00 PM9:00 PMPeak
Route A9:00 PM2:00 AMPeak
Route B8:00 AM2:00 PMOff Peak
Route B2:00 PM2:00 AMPeak
Sat May 24Route A/B2:00 AM8:00 AMHourly
Route A8:00 AM2:00 PMOff Peak
Route A2:00 PM10:00 PMPeak
Route A10:00 PM2:00 AMOff Peak
Route B8:00 AM2:00 AMPeak
Sun May 25Route A/B2:00 AM8:00 AMHourly
Route A8:00 AM2:00 PMOff Peak
Route A2:00 PM10:00 PMPeak
Route A10:00 PM2:00 AMOff Peak
Route B2:00 AM8:00 AMOff Peak
Route B8:00 AM10:00 PMPeak
Route B10:00 PM2:00 AMOff Peak
Mon May 26Route A/B2:00 AM8:00 AMHourly
Route A8:00 AM2:00 PMOff Peak
Route A2:00 PM6:00 PMHourly
Route B8:00 AM2:00 PMOff Peak
Route B2:00 PM6:00 PMHourly