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Japantown, San Francisco

(2.9/5 based on 340+ reviews on the web)
Japantown is a neighborhood in the Western Addition district of San Francisco, California. It comprises about six square city blocks. San Francisco's Japantown is the largest and oldest such enclave in the United States.LocationThe main thoroughfare is Post Street, between Fillmore Street (to the west) and Laguna Street (to the east). The Japantown neighborhood is generally considered to be bordered on the north by Bush or Pine Street, and on the south by Geary Boulevard.Its focal point is the Japan Center, which opened in 1968, and is the site of three Japanese-oriented shopping centers. The Peace Pagoda, also at the Japan Center, is a five-tiered concrete stupa designed by Japanese architect Yoshiro Taniguchi and presented to San Francisco by the people of Osaka, Japan.HistoryBuilt and settled as part of the Western Addition neighborhood in the 19th and early 20th century, Japanese immigrants began moving into the area following the 1906 earthquake. (Before 1906, San Francisco had two Japantowns, one on the outskirts of Chinatown, the other in the South of Market area. After 1906, San Francisco's main Japantown was in the Western Addition, with a smaller one in the South Park area.) By World War II, the neighborhood was one of the largest such enclaves of Japanese outside Japan, as it took an appearance similar to the Ginza district in Tokyo.
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  • I have visited Japantown before and expecting something different and/or better change. However, I only see more restaurants and nothing else relates to Japanese culture. It's so disappointed. 
  • We almost skipped this place based on the other reviews. I am so glad we went anyway! Japantown consists of a three-building mall and two squares. There was so much interesting stuff in all the stores...  more »
  • This bears no resemblance to anything going on in 21st century Japan. It's a time capsule frozen in amber. Unremarkable foods.