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“japanese food”(34 reviews)
This Japanese neighborhood is a good place for eating and visiting gardens.
As featured in 3 Days in Los Angeles
Downtown, Southeast of the Civic Center; bounded by 1st, Los Angeles, CA
Central L.A
+1 213-624-1267
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed May 25, 2005

I go to Little Tokyo (in downtown L.A.) often, mainly for the Japanese food. There are many good Japanese restaurants. A favorite spot of mine is Japanese Village Plaza, an open-air mall built in Japanese style, complete with blue tiled roofs. Besides restaurants and shops,...More

20  Thank loveLA
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed July 8, 2012

We Went there in june based on some review. There's not much to see. there are a few japaneese restaurant and shops, also kinokuniya book store. The scary story was, when we were walking towards a bus stop ,about 500m from little tokyo, there was...More

11  Thank Rose H
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Need some sushi and Little Kitty merchandise? Little Tokyo is the place to go in downtown L.A.! Great selection of Japanese merchandise, bakery items, and produce, not to mention restaurants. Little Tokyo also has two Japanese grocery stores.

Thank Jerry C
Reviewed October 12, 2018

Walked through here just to see what was in it. Lots of shops and places to eat but we didn't go in any so can't comment on how good they were. The area is ok but not much to photograph

Thank laura m
Reviewed October 2, 2018

We went to Little Tokyo late on a Saturday and there was entertainment and food till about 10pm. It was nice to walk around the different shops. My favorite had to be the two ice cream trucks there! Merci Clement and the Blue Nova. We...More

Thank Davina B
Reviewed September 30, 2018

Going to Japan? This is a great place to get aculturated-well, a little. Wide range of food, lots of cheesey souveniers, and some fairly cool architecture. Even a few Anime wannabes strolling around, always good for a chuckle.

1  Thank Robert B
Reviewed September 11, 2018 via mobile

Cute and quaint place to visit. Little shops and eateries. Best to visit in the evenings when the heat of the day has gone.

Thank mailaov
Reviewed August 23, 2018

Love this place! Quiet authentic actually. The environment, the food and goods sold here are similar to certain parts of Tokyo. The museum was closed so I couldn't experience that. Will visit when it is open the next time.

Thank ComdrJeff
Reviewed August 20, 2018

I was actually hear during nisei week which is around the early part of august and I wandered into this mall. Basically on the lowest floor were stores devoted to japanese anime and video games. Some stores had figurines of notable japanese cartoon characters, others...More

Thank Hoben01
Reviewed August 20, 2018

great atmosphere during nisei week, would like to see more food from street vendors for a true matsuri feel

Thank Douglas William M
Reviewed August 17, 2018

Only about 2 blocks long, Little Tokyo is a nice spot to visit. It should not take more than 1-2 hours to see the area and that is if you go into the shops and restaurants. Try the steamed bun carts, delicious. It also has...More

1  Thank davidqtravel
Reviewed July 9, 2018

Museum, cafes, restaurants, boutique stores, kawaii and more. A good little area. Close to downtown. Safe feeling area. As, where i am from, there is only 'china towns', which is general an area with stores and restaurants and minimal Chinese influenced architecture. This felt like...More

3  Thank _tone_ay
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Stephanie C
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Response from wombatdavid | Reviewed this property |
Plenty of choice. You will not starve.
Stephanie C
August 6, 2018|
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Response from JoeC5511 | Reviewed this property |
After 10, before 9pm
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January 25, 2018|
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Response from Sandra M | Reviewed this property |
Usually 10am