Save the date: Saturday, April 29th, 2017

The annual pilgrimage is held every year on the last Saturday of April at the northwest corner of the former camp site, near the cemetery monument.

The Manzanar National Historic site is approximately 210  miles north of Los Angeles, along Highway 395 and takes approximately 4 1/2 hours driving time.

Manzanar is located between Lone Pine and Independence.  It is on the west side of Highway 395,  approximately 9 miles north of Lone Pine on your left. 

For Directions, click here.

Tune your radio to AM 1610 as you near Manzanar National Historic Site. Listen to current information about Interpretive Center hours, special events, and other timely information.


Wear comfortable walking shoes, layers of clothing for weather changes. Bring sunscreen, a hat and sunglasses. Dust and high winds are possible. The altitude is 3,500-4,000 feet above sea level. Sanitized toilets will be on site. Water will be available during the pilgrimage. Pack a lunch, as there is no food service at the site. Restaurants are available in Lone Pine, Independence, and Bishop.

Bus from Los Angeles

The Little Tokyo bus currently has a waiting list.  There is still room on the San Fernando Valley JACL bus:

Buses will leave the SFV Japanese American Community Center / 12953 Branford Street, Pacoima at 7:30 AM Saturday morning.  

Check-in at 7 AM.

Free Parking available at center

The general fee will be $40.

Students - $20

Formerly incarcerated - FREE

Free Bottled water and snacks.

Optional Obento - $12, Vegetarian or Combo/fish & meat

The buses will leave Manzanar at 4 pm.

Reservations required.  This will be on first come or call bases.  

Email Patricia Takayama at 

Or call and leave a message at (818) 899-7916

Please have the following information ready

1.  names of everyone traveling

2.  mobile phone numbers

3.  email addresses

Overnight Accommodations

Dow Villa Motel, Lone Pine: (760) 876-5521
Best Western Frontier, Lone Pine: (760) 876-5571
Comfort Inn, Lone Pine: (760) 876-8700
Independence Courthouse Motel, Independence: (760) 878-2732
Winnedumah Hotel Bed & Breakfast, Independence: (760) 878-2040
Grays Meadow Campground (west of Independence): (800) 280-2267
Diaz Lake and other campgrounds: (near Lone Pine) (760) 876-5656

Other Points of Interest

Eastern California Museum - Located five miles north of Manzanar in Independence, California; the museum contains a significant collection of photos, drawings, paintings, and artifacts associated with Manzanar. The Museum is open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and is closed Tuesdays and Holidays.  Their website is:

The Day Program

The Interfaith Memorial Service

Manzanar At Dusk (MAD)

For more information, call (323) 662-5102 or email us at