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Liberdade, Sao Paulo

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#2 of 565 in Sightseeing in State of Sao Paulo
Neighborhood Tourist Spot
Instead of Chinatown, in Sao Paulo there’s Japantown, locally called Liberdade. This part of town is the world’s largest Japanese community outside of Japan. The district includes a significant population of Chinese and Koreans, and features numerous Asian shops, markets, bars, and restaurants. The area is also noted for housing the Museum of Japanese Immigration in Brazil, narrating the story of the first Japanese settlers who came to work on the region’s sprawling coffee plantations. Be sure to stop by the iconic entrance into the district, which offers a convenient photo opportunity with its tall red torii, a Japanese arch usually marking entrances into Shinto temples. Put Liberdade on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Sao Paulo vacation trip planner.
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  • Great area for a half day walk. There are street fairs, food, souvenirs, and people watching. It's convenient to get there by metro.  more »
  • I really loved Liberdade, I spent a lot of money buying souvenirs like tea pot sets, crystal ornaments, clothing. It's has ever thing you could want. Very Japanese town. It's a must place to be.  more »
  • The district has been for decades the heart of the Japaneses community in São Paulo and with the later inflow of Chinese and Koreans the area became even more diverse with lots of great inexpensive re...  more »

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