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. Whether 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.


Hotel registration is now open for those that registered to attend FanimeCon before 12:00 pm on January 7, 2020. If you lost your email, you can get a hotel room through this link.


Food is absolutely essential to enjoying FanimeCon. You can’t have fun on an empty stomach! Luckily, there’s plenty in and around the convention area to keep you full and energized. There are food stands within the convention center; restaurants and cafes in the hotels; and a plethora of restaurants and different cuisines in downtown San Jose. For more information about dining options, 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 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! 

The San Jose McEnery Convention Center (SJCC) garage will offer a flat $25 rate starting at 6:00 am on Thursday, May 26, 2022, which will be in effect until 5:59 am on Tuesday, May 31st, 2022.

There will also be a multi-day parking pass that is available to purchase from SJCC garage at the Market St. cashier’s office at the following rates:

  • 2 days–$40 ($10 off)
  • 3 days–$60 ($15 off)
  • 4 days–$80 ($20 off)
  • 5 days–$100 ($25 off)

In conjunction, the nearby surface lots and street meters will be set to $20 (subject to change – please check before paying). For a list of places to park, please see San Jose’s website.

Shuttle Bus

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. Check out the links below to view routes, timetables, and to help you plan your trip:

  • 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.