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Little Tokyo

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Address: Downtown, Southeast of the Civic Center; bounded by 1st, Los Angeles, CA
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Activities: City walk sightseeing, Dining
Description: This Japanese neighborhood is a good place for eating and visiting gardens.
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$74*
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A quick place to explore

Lots of shops and food. Saw lots of Asian culture items for sale (I purchased a fish kite, saw tons of Hello Kitty, etc.). Ate some sushi! Found a big manga/video game store, too... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 7, 2015
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196 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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United Kingdom
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785 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015 NEW

This is one of the three official Japantowns in the USA but its a relatively small area mainly known for restaurants, shopping and cultural activities.

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Chicago, Illinois
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99 attraction reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

Came here looking for a good place to eat and shop and all me and my family got work cold looks and stears and additude very disappointed we just left and went elsewhere

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Los Angeles, California
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56 reviews 56 reviews
13 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

Great little restaurants and novelty shops. You can find about any Japanese novelty item and some good art and collectibles. Loved the Kimono's. It is interesting to see all cultures mix in and provide their individual personalities, great for people watching. Loved all that it represents and I will return.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

Lots of shops and food. Saw lots of Asian culture items for sale (I purchased a fish kite, saw tons of Hello Kitty, etc.). Ate some sushi! Found a big manga/video game store, too (full of figurines and comic books, etc). I loved the way the "courtyard" of it was set up with lanterns stringing across. I went on a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

First of all I've been driving in Los Angeles 37 years transit buses and have seen Los Angeles build up to what it is now Little Tokyo is unique and an awesome place not only for the museums and the history all the sushi bars churches shopping and Fine Arts but when the convention of Hello Kitty comes >not town... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

Almost every city has a Chinatown, Greektown and Little Italy. Not so many have a Little Japan - oops, Little Tokyo. Why just one city? Anyway, the name doesn't matter. Interesting to see for the novelty, though we always think of Japanese as being very clean and this was rather littered and dirty. Be sure to go through to the... More 

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Gold Coast Australia
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52 reviews 52 reviews
23 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

My husband and and I took a walk from Union Station to Little Tokyo. It was about a 15 minutes walk. However since it was Sunday morning around 10.30am, many of the shops were not yet opened. So we walked around the neighbourhood, checked out the Japanese Village Plaza, the Japanese museum along East 1st Street. At about 11am, some... More 

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

Whether eating Ramen or Shabu Shabu, or shopping at Kinokuniya for cute stationery, Japanese inspired stamps, going to the museum (to see the Hello Kitty Exhibit), shopping at the super cool and super eclectic clothing stores or just people watching while eating frozen yogurt at Yogurtland, this is a fun place for anyone.

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Williamsburg, Virginia
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42 reviews 42 reviews
12 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Take time to explore the many little shops in the Japanese Village Plaza and along East 1st Street to find out-of-the- ordinary little gifts for yourself and friends and family. Some of these stores have been here since 1945. I remember walking into these same stores 50 years ago with my parents. Treat yourself to the delicious treats in the... More 

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Ciudad Juarez, Mexico
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48 reviews 48 reviews
18 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

Full of restaurants and littler stores. You can be at the plaza and enjoy looking at people. I had hot stuffed bread and taste was like in Japan. We were there looking for Ramen. After 30 minutes we engaged with a japannese very kind elder and he direct us to Tokio gallery. Go up to third floor and you will... More 

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Downtown Los Angeles is a busy metropolis of towering buildings, bustling streets, and industrial warehouses. There is a distinct multiplicity of cultures here with a growing influx of business professionals and hipsters. Many call the evolution of Downtown over recent years gentrification. New lofts, bars, hotels and restaurants are popping up regularly. Downtown is home to some of the very best restaurants in the city leading the LA foodie scene, plus it is the location of cultural and sports venues including the Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Staples Center, and the Coliseum at the University of Southern California.
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