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Japan Center

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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 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.

Thank Willem K
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

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

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

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

Thank Juhi K
Reviewed April 2, 2018 via mobile

We went here specifically to try the Dragon’s Breath - little ice cream balls of liquid nitrogen - but had a great time exploring all the little shops and Japanese products in the mall. Would be great on a rainy day as it is all...More

Thank meganite2017
Reviewed March 6, 2018

Japan Center AKA Japantown is one of those unique points of cultural intersection in San Francisco. There is the large outdoor central space in the middle of the facility where various events are held or people can just sit back and enjoy the ambience. Then,...More

Thank Scott S
Reviewed October 28, 2017

There are a bunch of authentic Japanese restaurants around the center with good food and reasonable prices. Recommended by a friend who lived for many years in Japan. Good movie theater here also.

Thank Thomas V
Reviewed September 9, 2017 via mobile

Bathrooms clean! We were there on a rainy day, so not sure how this might have changed the review. We walked the "self-guided" tour and found it very lacking in activity. The buildings are interesting, but I wasn't really that impressed. Lots of authentic Japanese...More

Thank christophermiller1
Reviewed May 29, 2017 via mobile

Well worth a visit, and the surroundings look very nice, just the usual Japanese themed shops and Japanese restaurants and even a 'Japanese mall' with anything Japanese, not big as the SF China town.

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