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Address: Post and Buchanan Streets, San Francisco, CA
Phone Number: +1 415-922-6776

A small neighborhood with Japanese restaurants, shops and other...

A small neighborhood with Japanese restaurants, shops and other attractions.

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Small but interesting area of San Francisco

The area is dominated by the mall that houses a group of interesting restaurants and Japanese theme shops. Little else to see in the area other than the peace monument. Worth the... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Utica, New York
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Vista, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Nice to walk through, but not a lot more. Mostly businesses selling Japanese-made products, from low to high end. A few restaurants. A half hour should pretty much do it.

Thank tijuanade
Utica, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The area is dominated by the mall that houses a group of interesting restaurants and Japanese theme shops. Little else to see in the area other than the peace monument. Worth the visit if you want a Japanese meal. Otherwise, pass.

Thank RonL40
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Japantown is fun to walk around with friends, family or solo. There's great food and stores. I love the specialty shops and markets. There's tons of culture around the city and this area is a gem! There's a Pokemon store and lots of hello kitty things.

1 Thank Sarai4me
Adelaide, Australia
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My wife and I walked there from the financial district looking for a great Japanese meal akin to what you would find in a Chinatown anywhere around the world. We were disappointed. We walked around lots and really got a creepy vibe from the place. It's a bit run down and resembles what a town might look like when a... More 

Thank JRAR2013
Monroe, New York
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104 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

I was invited to a conference in the middle of the area - unfortunately the hotels in Japantown were full so I ended up "commuting" from a hotel in Fisherman's Wharf. Made for an interesting stay. Where the Wharf feels more touristy, Japantown seems to go at a quieter, tranquil pace. It was especially true when the storm blew out... More 

1 Thank Michael C
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

We stayed in the middle of Japantown for 3 days. There are several very good shops and eateries. The area felt sake and the employees at the establishments were all very kind and helpful.

2 Thank 00kimba
Murrieta, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2016

The mall just looks run down, however there are many different shops to spend you time in. There is also a great selection of restaurants to choose from at the mall. However, Japantown is not just the mall. There are quite a few other shops and restaurants across Post street between Webster and Laguna. The centerpiece though is the Peace... More 

1 Thank SoCalOregonian
Masachapa, Managua, Nicaragua
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2016

After eating at Benihana, it was nice to stroll around the Japantown Center and visit the many shops within the Center. The Center has a lot to offer in the way of desserts, gem stores, clothing, and knick knacks. Fun place to hang out.

2 Thank aaalfaro
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 2016 via mobile

went here for the first time last week and had a nice time strolling through the mall. nice pagoda type structure is the highlight of Japan town, my guests felt the restaurants were all overpriced so we opted not to eat there

1 Thank antiindian
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016

I was there this morning when they were having Sumo Champions Exhibition! How fortunate I was to be able to witness this event! Japan Center has East and West Malls; which are like a shopping malls with interesting shops and Japanese restaurants. If you have time, check out Mai Do, interesting shop! Adjacent to the Japan Center is Kinokuniya. Even... More 

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