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Address: Downtown, Southeast of the Civic Center; bounded by 1st, Los Angeles, CA
Phone Number: 213-624-1267
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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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It seems to be in Japan!!!

If you go to Little Tokyo, you think you are in a japanese village, does not seem to be in Los Angeles, beautiful day, well worth visiting in the evening, too late, great... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 1, 2015
Los Angeles, California

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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

If you go to Little Tokyo, you think you are in a japanese village, does not seem to be in Los Angeles, beautiful day, well worth visiting in the evening, too late, great facilities, restaurants as well, you eat sushi here is second only to that of the real Tokyo. There are many souvenir shops including some really original !!... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

Restaurants: there are plenty of nice places to check out... from Curry foods, Sushi, Ramen houses and Mochi ice cream.... its all here. Shopping: you will find great boutiques with one of kind items to souvenir shops. not just japanese items. in the main square.. look for a shop that sells great sneakers.. brand names like nike, adidas... very cool... More 

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Wilmington, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

Magazines everywhere have been raving about Japanese beauty products and there are several shops that sell them in this area. Stock up as gifts... Or for yourself, I won't tell.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

I had the pleasure of walking around this little area one afternoon. It was s bustling afternoon with performers. Lovely little stores with Japanese items and great Japanese inspired cuisine. I loved it and think it's a great place to check out.

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Arcadia, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

A little taste of Japan right in the heart of Los Angeles. I have been going to Little Tokyo since I was a child and now I take my kids. We eat Teriyaki in one of the restaurants and my daughter gets a kick out of eating with chop sticks and out of a Bento plate. Then we treat ourselves... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

Not bigger than a couple of blocks, little Tokio is full of stores of anime, videogames, one of a kind clothing, and things like origami paper and posters.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

what a nice time we had learning about a culture that is so different from the norm in such a nice way. such a nice group of people we met and the shops and restaurants we outstanding. you will be treated with such dignity by the people who live in the area and you can learn so much as you... More 

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San Francisco, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

Having been to all 3 (official) Little Tokyo's in the US (the other 2 being San Francisco and San Jose - all in California), this LA Little Tokyo certainly has a few things going for it. ■ LA's LT has a good mix of retail, culture and restaurants as compared to SF's LT which I think has too many restaurants.... More 

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Sierra Madre, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

What a treat it was for us t discover Little Tokyo. I was surprised by the bakeries -- didn't expect that. Wonderful restaurants, interesting artisans, and the museum is a must. Natives and visitors alike will really like Little Tokyo. 4 not a 5 because parking is cumbersome, but it's truly a great place.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

This is the cutest little place! I like the people and the vibe here, and it's just a really nice place to pay a visit!

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