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Explore the historical Japantown

Things to do in Japantown, San Francisco

Established in the late 19th century, Japantown served as a cultural and commercial hub for the Japanese American community in San Francisco, offering a sense of belonging and identity. Despite facing adversity, Japantown has persevered, evolving into a vibrant neighborhood that celebrates Japanese culture through its shops, restaurants, festivals, and cultural institutions. It continues to hold significant historical importance as one of the few remaining Japantowns left in the United States. With our hotel in Japantown, we’re the perfect place to call home after a long day of exploring the neighborhood.

The Perfect Day in Japantown

There’s so much to do within walking distance of our Japantown hotel. The San Francisco Japantown Mall is just a 2 minute walk from our front doors and offers a diverse array of shops, restaurants, and cultural attractions. Visitors can explore a variety of Japanese-themed stores, dine on authentic cuisine, and immerse themselves in the cultural ambiance of the bustling shopping center. If that’s not quite your speed, then there’s the Peace Pagoda, a serene and iconic landmark symbolizing peace and friendship between Japan and the United States. Stop in to the Japan Center, a cultural complex offering a mix of shops, restaurants, and entertainment venues celebrating Japanese heritage. Peak hours for all are during weekends and evenings when locals and visitors alike flock to the neighborhood to explore its cultural attractions and enjoy its vibrant atmosphere.

Discover Unique Japantown

Looking for something different in Japantown? There’s always something interesting to explore. See the intricate displays of Japanese pop culture at Kinokuniya Bookstore. Take a tranquil moment to visit the Peace Pagoda. Participate in tea ceremonies and martial arts demonstrations at the Japan Center’s Peace Plaza.

Looking to really immerse yourself in San Francisco’s Japantown? Attend an annual event like the Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival in the spring, featuring traditional performances, food booths, and cultural demonstrations. The Nihonmachi Street Fair in the summer showcases music, dance, and arts and crafts, while the J-Pop Summit in the fall celebrates contemporary Japanese pop culture with music, fashion, and entertainment.