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Japan Center

Bordered by Geary Boulevard and Fillmore, Post, and Laguna Streets, San Francisco, CA
+1 415-922-6776
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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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  • Average16%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible1%
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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 29 October 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 9 September 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 29 May 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.

Thank Mark t
Reviewed 24 April 2017

This is a city shopping mall with an unattractive design. Not a great result from 70s urban renewal. It is saved by an excellent movie theater and some great Japanese restaurants in the mall and in the area.

Thank Thomas V
Reviewed 17 April 2017 via mobile

If you're moderately interested in Japan or Japanese culture or a full-fledged Japanophile; you will not be disappointed. I venture to say even a person who isn't acquainted with Japan or Japanese culture would enjoy it. Amazing stores with notebooks; stationary, kimonos, Japanese ceramics or...More

1  Thank Andrew L
Reviewed 5 April 2017 via mobile

Japan Center in the heart of Japantown is a two level mall with all types of stores that sell predominantly Japanese goods. If it is made in Japan, you can probably find some variation of it here. There are some good Japanese restaurants in the...More

Thank Bigredmachine
Reviewed 27 March 2017

My daughter and I visited the Japan Center during our trip to San Francisco and absolutely loved the feeling of being transported to Japan. The food options were unique as well as the shops. We especially liked Ichiban Kan, the store with literally everything you...More

Thank Amy D
Reviewed 11 February 2017

None of these restaurants would survive a week in Japan but its better than nothing. This feels like a 1970's version of Tokyo.

1  Thank Alzor S
Reviewed 20 December 2016

Nice to walk through, but not a lot more. Mostly businesses selling Japanese-made products, from low to high end. A few restaurants (which I understand are better located on the adjoining side street). An hour should pretty much do it.

1  Thank tijuanade
Reviewed 13 December 2016

with obviously lots of restaurants, predominantly japanese, of course. though there are some korean, and the neighborhood has other asian places plus even hawaiin. a great place to shop for all things japanese or to have a drink or some tasty food. can spend a...More

1  Thank l1jjc0x
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