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- 98%Local Culture
- 79%Family Travelers
- 60%Art & Design Lovers
- 51%Business Travelers
- 51%Green Travelers
Member Reviews (53)
- Japantown SF
- Japantown SFMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 2Oct 15, 2013
Just one mile west of Union Square, Japantown is truly a whole different world. It's a shopping, dining, entertainment district that really feels like a bit of Japan transported to California. You can shop for kimonos, housewares (rice cooker!), stationery, and eat at a full range of Japanese restaurants.
- Japantown SFMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBusiness Travelers+ 4Aug 28, 2013
This is often overlooked by tourists. But it is a must do. The plaza is very pretty and the mall is very cool. All Japanese shops restaurants and people crowded into a little mall. You really get a feel for the culture and not overly touristy like chinatown
- Japantown SFMar 25, 2013
The first and largest Japantown I've ever been to, San Fran's J-town is packed full of Japanese eateries, retailers, bookstores, and even a theater. You know you've hit J-town when you start seeing the flags hung up sporadically through the neighborhood.
- Japantown SFFeb 12, 2013
Japantown's a great place to visit if you want a quick (and cheap) getaway to Japan for the day! There are many Japanese stores such as the Kinokuniya Bookstore, the photo booth with stickers, and a $1.50 shop. The only downside is, there are not many authentic Japanese cuisines that stand out.
- Japantown SFMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBusiness Travelers+ 1Oct 19, 2012
I stayed near Japantown on a couple of trips and liked to walk over for lunch at one of the many Japanese restaurants. The surrounding areas aren't so good, but this plaza is clean and safe. I've never had a problem while in Japantown.
- Japantown SFJul 27, 2012
Walk through Kinokuniya bookstore and check out the huge selection of design and art books, karaoke at Festa in the mall, eat korean seafood pancakes at Playground, eat okonomiyaki at Mifune or zousui at Tekara next to the Kabuki hotel and catch a movie in one of the best theaters in SF. If you catch the movie, choose balcony seating over 21 years old. You can buy a bottle of wine and settle into some really comfy chairs.