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Japan Center

Closed Now: 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
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Explore Japanese culture in the city's famed neighborhood. Japan Center's authentic architecture, shops, and food-plus the presence of the Peace Pagoda-make it one of Japantown's prized landmarks.
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Bordered by Geary Boulevard and Fillmore, Post, and Laguna Streets, San Francisco, CA
+1 415-922-6776
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Reviewed 6 days ago

we were surprised visiting Japan Center in the middle of the city. the shops, the restaurants are just like you are in Japan. they probably wish they had more space so they can add more to this. I quite enjoy the side trip into this...More

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank Elizabeth K
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you are nearby, it is worth checking out this part of the city. A beautiful 5-story pagoda and many cute shops. Highly recommend!

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank misopiso88
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

good place to go for Japanese shopping from groceries to hand craft goods. they have performances thru out the year. plenty of restaurants to choose from. personally I like ramen.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank thomas c
Reviewed October 9, 2018 via mobile

I was so surprised by the style and business run in Japan center in San Francisco. It looks amazing and I got them feeling that I were in Japan again.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank steelriver2014
Reviewed October 3, 2018

We stayed at the Hotel Kabuki in Japan town as a good central point from which to explore SFO, discovered the Japan Centre on our doorstep. We really enjoyed exploring the centre, the mall and surrounding area. Some fascinating shops and some authentic Restaurants, one...More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank Neil50000
Reviewed August 4, 2018 via mobile

A bit hidden, but we lived this Japanese mall. Lots of good food options and art shops. There’s even a bar.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank 960willemk
Reviewed July 16, 2018

We visited Japan Center for some shopping and for taiko drum lessons at the YMCA. There are shops with lovely ceramics, house goods, table wares, and clothing. There are also two small malls that contain a variety of shops. There are a variety of dining...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank LHS329
Reviewed July 13, 2018

The Japan Center is an older Japanese themed mall. It has 2 floors and 2 buildings. The mall has everything from bookstores, restaurants, a movie theater, ice cream shops, crepe places, bakeries, craft stores, and stores with traditional Japanese goods. I love the mochi shop!...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Alan H
Reviewed June 24, 2018

Japan town is a fun place to visit- the famous Peace Pagoda is the prominent feature. There're a couple little trinket shops, a number of jewelry stores with pretty pearls and things, the number of small restaurants. Be very careful of "The do not turn"...More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank Kerry D
Reviewed May 12, 2018 via mobile

Definitely worth a visit. Lots of cool shops and interesting architecture. Can buy lots of Japanese bric-a-brac

Date of experience: May 2018
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