The Greater Kansas City Japan Festival (GKCJF) is presented by the Kansas City chapter of the Heart of America – Japan America Society and is ran entirely by volunteers in association with employees of Johnson County Community College.

The festival was first hosted on the campus of the University of Missouri – Kansas City in 1997. A few years later, the festival relocated to our current location at Johnson County Community College. Each year, the festival introduces and educates 4,000+ visitors each year on the culture of Japan.

Sign ups for volunteering are available! See how YOU can get into the festival for free!

And don’t forget that you can purchase tickets in advance for a discount! This year, we also have a VIP option available. To learn more, view the advance tickets page.

Featured Guests

  • akai SKY – a Japanese/English contemporary rock band from San Francisco
  • Scott SK Miller – a local Japanese-English rapper
  • J-POP – Aya and Jo. Aya Uchida is a Japanese professional pop singer from Kyoto, Japan. Jo Yamanaka accompanies Aya on the guitar.
  • Three Trails Taiko will perform the powerful music of Taiko drums

Try tasty offerings from local Japanese restaurants, including Nara, Sama Zama, and Edokko.

Explore the Japan Festival Bazaar – a shopping experience packed with local artists, businesses, and stores.

And there’s so much more! Visit our attractions page to find out more!