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  • nessa
    "Pretty obvious, but don't forget to stop at Kinokuniya Bookstore!"(3 Tips)
    Natalie D.
    "Lots of great Japanese food and shops."(10 Tips)
    Gary K.
    "Park at the Japan Center Garage for only $2/hour"(2 Tips)
    ashermac
    "Sophies Crepes"(4 Tips)
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  • MisterEastlake
    MisterEastlakeFebruary 11, 2015
    It comprises about 6 square city blocks. San Francisco's Japantown is the largest and oldest such enclave in the United States. Only 3 even remain in the US (the others being in LA & San Jose)
  • Natalie D.
    Natalie DowneApril 20, 2014
    Lots of great Japanese food and shops. Visit Japan Center. Lots of stationery shops and beautiful ceramics. Don't forget to wander about outside too. Great Japanese food!
  • reza setiawan ر.
    The best place to get everything Japanese! My fave: ramen & chix katsu curry. Get all the Japanese sweets! Nomnomnom. Enjoy your visit, eat a lot & feel happy. You're in SF after all!
  • MisterEastlake
    MisterEastlakeFebruary 11, 2015
    In 1957 SF entered in a sister city relationship Osaka--hence the nickname "Little Osaka". Osaka is SF's oldest sister city. A block of Buchanan St, in Japantown, was renamed Osaka Way on Sept 8, 2007
  • KC S.
    KC StarDecember 20, 2014
    Fun place and any ages! Come hungry. Lots of amazing restaurants and cafes!
  • Evgeniy D.
    Evgeniy DankovtsevAugust 22, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Eat seafood at least twice - its good for your health, visit japantown at least twice a week - its a laundry for your mind
  • Alfredo B.
    Alfredo BiraldeSeptember 5, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Lots of fun things to do in the the little Japan town get some Sophie's Crepes or have some all you can eat meat at Yakiniq ^^
  • Adam M.
    Adam MoreMay 15
    Japan town is WAY BETTER than Little Tokyo in LA. If you are visiting from SoCal don't skip over this place!
  • Rika P.
    Rika PutriApril 8, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    Find KAPPA, the best omakase here. Hint, you got to take the stairs up and find a dark wooden door.
  • Westfield S.
    Celebrate the heart of San Francisco in our free animated 3D light spectacular under the dome at Westfield San Francisco Centre (865 Market Street) starting daily at 5pm until September 3 2012!
  • Diego R.
    Diego RufoMarch 25, 2011
    You can find asian fruits and vegetables in the grocery store for a good price as well as different snacks and teas. Read more
  • Daniele G.
    Daniele GiustoSeptember 23, 2014
    The right place for having japanese lunch or dinner. Lot of parking available
  • Yazeed A.
    Yazeed AlshobailiAugust 23, 2013
    Great place. If your a fan of anything japanese you gotta check it out.
  • Ken B.
    Ken BaldwinMarch 31, 2014
    go here and walk around - make sure you go to the japanese sticker booths shop. they have imported sticker booth machines.
  • Bre R.
    Bre RozApril 14, 2015
    Daiso Japan, if you have been to the one on Market St., this one is way better.
  • Jason K.
    Jason KonenSeptember 17, 2014
    Very nice neighborhood with a lot of interesting shops and restaurants.
  • Jason M.
    Jason MooreMarch 12, 2012
    Eat at Kiss Seafood for the best sushi in town. Make a reservation.
  • Amelia L.
    Amelia LeongFebruary 4
    Come for the ramen festival! A lot of fun with friends
  • Matt S.
    Matt SnowJuly 27, 2013
    Great deal on cute tees from Ex-Boyfriend at booth #3 -- buy more than one, and they're all 20% off!
  • David B.
    David BernalNovember 25, 2014
    The best to do is to rent a cycle and visit the area
  • Rika P.
    Rika PutriApril 19, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    There is a West Mall and a East Mall, then the Kinokuniya Building. So make sure to cover every bit
  • Lesly T.
    Lesly TanApril 28, 2012
    Small, quaint Japanese neighborhood in SF.
  • Armand S.
    Armand SultanApril 24, 2012
    cheap covered parking here. go out for sushi and do a bit of karaoke
  • Alexander A.
    Alexander AttarJuly 23, 2015
    http://www.thrillist.com/eat/san-francisco/japantown/best-bars-restaurants-shops-in-japantown-insiders-guide
  • Marco A.
    Marco AsatoApril 21, 2015
    Cool place. Lots of nice restaurants and stores.
  • Leland W.
    Leland WongJuly 10, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Nice place to be artsy
  • Ka'Neki M.
    Ka'Neki MorenoFebruary 26, 2012
    Cako!!! A must stop for yummminess:)
  • Ray T.
    Ray TypeFebruary 16, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Arriving here via BART is annoyingly difficult; you can either take the 38 and put down another $2, or walk for 30 minutes.
  • ashermac
    ashermacDecember 2, 2010
    Been here 50+ times
    check out Sophies Crepes, Festa for Karaoke, Seoul Garden for Korean BBQ!
  • mayu-chan
    mayu-chanSeptember 22, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Go to Mifune for homemade udon noodles. Kinokuniya for Anime/Nihongo books.
  • Kevin W.
    Kevin WhiteDecember 29, 2011
    I go to japan video and buy all my hentai here.
  • Valerie T.
    Valerie TuffyApril 21, 2010
    Another favorite spot to bring out-of-town guests. Everyone loves sushi boats! #^_^#
  • nessa
    nessaSeptember 11, 2010
    Pretty obvious, but don't forget to stop at Kinokuniya Bookstore!
  • Rika P.
    Rika PutriApril 26, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    Real blossoming sakura trees
  • Stephy Y.
    Stephy YuJanuary 9, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Make sure you stop by the dollar stores. Many good finds there!
  • APRIL F.
    APRIL FredriksonMay 22, 2012
    Visit at least once a day. Seriously
  • Shauna S.
    Shauna StoryJuly 6, 2010
    Save room for crepes at Sophie's Crepes! Delicious!
  • Kelly .
    Kelly 🍰May 20, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Park at Webster and Post, no meters with 2 hour parking
  • Oliver J.
    Oliver JaySeptember 23, 2011
    Parking validation available under the mall!
  • Gary K.
    Gary KishidaJuly 20, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Park at the Japan Center Garage for only $2/hour
  • Jeanelle M.
    Jeanelle MakDecember 25, 2012
    lots of goodies
  • Valentine C.
    Valentine CogetAugust 13, 2014
    Love the library !
  • Sheela F.
    Sheela Fajardo-PaguioOctober 3, 2014
    Thursdate with Honee :)
  • Nicholas H.
    Cherry blossom festival april 16-17
  • Puu K.
    Puu KampolratanaFebruary 15, 2015
    Japanese food heaven
  • Toku
    TokuNovember 8, 2013
    Nostalgic!
  • Mike H.
    Mike HarrisJanuary 21, 2013
    Love the smells
  • Robert (RJ) Y.
    Robert (RJ) YumolApril 1, 2012
    Park free on Geary.
  • AsianWeek Foundation
    we love Japantown!
  • Halle
    HalleJune 8, 2009
    have ramen for dinner, then catch a movie at Kabuki theater while sipping wine (in the theater!)
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