Dive into the Heart of San Francisco’s Japantown

Imagine yourself transported to a vibrant cultural hub. San Francisco’s Japantown, one of just three remaining in the US,pulsates with history and the energy of generations. Explore the rich heritage of Japanese immigrants, their descendants,and the AAPI community who’ve woven a tapestry of tradition and modern life.

A Treasure Chest of Experiences
Step through the gateway and discover a trove of unique experiences. Over 200 small businesses beckon, offering everything from exquisite Michelin-starred cuisine to handcrafted Japanese treasures and the irresistible world of “kawaii” (cute) culture. Wander the bustling Japan Center East & West Malls and the Kinokuniya Mall, where your senses will be delighted by authentic Japanese goods.

For a luxurious home base, consider the Hotel Kabuki or Kimpton Enso Hotel. Don’t miss the established businesses that embody the enduring spirit of Japantown.

Where Art, Anime, and Innovation Collide
Marvel at the whimsical Origami Fountains designed by renowned artist Ruth Asawa, gracing Osaka Way/Buchanan Street. Take a break to savor delicious food or browse the charming shops lining the street. Anime enthusiasts will find paradise at the Tokyo Anime Center, a haven overflowing with “gashapon” machines! Rows upon rows dispense surprise collectibles featuring your favorite characters.

Step into a “Kiddleton” shop, a Japanese arcade filled with adorable claw machines overflowing with kawaii plushies and other delightful prizes.

Embrace the cutting-edge Paper Tree AR Experience! Using your smartphone, scan the QR code and unlock a world of 3D origami art coming to life on Osaka Way/Buchanan Street.

A Journey Through Time
Japantown is more than a place; it’s a vibrant community where the past, present, and future intertwine. Welcome to a cultural experience unlike any other!


San Francisco’s Japantown has been the center of the Bay Area’s Japanese and Japanese American community since 1906. It continues to an exciting place to explore and find authentic Japanese culture, restaurants and shops. If you’re in San Francisco Japantown, you’re lucky as there are only three Japantown’s left in the U.S. (and San Francisco’s is the largest, and oldest). All three are in California; Little Tokyo in Los Angeles and Nihonmachi in San Jose.

In a way, visiting Japantown is like taking a quick trip to Osaka and immersing yourself in Japanese culture, old and new. Anime, ceramics, kimonos, sushi, manga, Japanese fashion, and sweets… there is a wide variety of Japanese items to be appreciated. San Francisco’s Japantown (aka Nihonmachi) tends to be overshadowed somewhat by SF’s more famous Chinatown, but there’s a lot to see and do in a small area.

A six-block area of shops, restaurants, and small businesses along Post and Sutter streets, Japantown is located in the Western Addition neighborhood of San Francisco. Many of the shops are in the malls of Japan Center, as well as the pedestrian-only block of Buchanan Street. The area was, at one time, the center of the Japanese community in San Francisco prior to World War II.
It’s easy to spend hours admiring architecture, trying out different ramen places, or shopping for teapots, origami paper, and cute, anime-inspired toys and much, much more!

To learn more about San Francisco Japantown connect with these community partners.


To learn more about San Francisco Japantown’s history and vibrant community we recommend these leading community organizations.

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Japanese Community Youth Council (JCYC)
2012 Pine Street, San Francisco, California 94115
Japantown Task Force
1765 Sutter Street, San Francisco, CA 94115
Kimochi Lounge
1581 Webster Street, #201, San Francisco, CA 94115
Kimochi, Inc.
1715 Buchanan Street, San Francisco, California 94115
Nichi Bei Weekly / Nichi Bei Foundation
1832 Buchanan Street #207, San Francisco, CA 94115
Nihonmachi Little Friends (NLF)
1830 Sutter Street, San Francisco, California 94115


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