We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Little Tokyo

Downtown, Southeast of the Civic Center; bounded by 1st, Los Angeles, CA (Central L.A)
Improve this listing
Ranked #81 of 397 Attractions in Los Angeles
Book Now

Type: Neighborhoods
Activities: City walk sightseeing, Dining
Description: This Japanese neighborhood is a good place for eating and visiting gardens.
Write a Review

160 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
Date | Rating
  • Chinese (Simplified) first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Johannesburg, South Africa
Top Contributor
56 reviews 56 reviews
40 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014 NEW

My family and I walked there from our hotel one hot evening. The place was BUZZING with activity ! Families, teens, couple were strolling around, shopping and eating. It is such a lovely ambience with unusual stores tucked away in the middle of downtown LA. There are fantastic places to eat and shop. Very picturesque.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Top Contributor
91 reviews 91 reviews
39 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014

I had steamed buns at a bakery here and it might be my favorite food. I need to do research and find out if they have those around where I live, because they were addicting and I can't stop thinking about them! The whole place was nice & well kept. We purchased some interesting & good drinks and bread from... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
14 reviews 14 reviews
11 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

Food was amazing, loved the atmosphere! ! Great place to eat and people watch.....very clean area compared to the surrounding area

Was this review helpful? Yes
Grenoble, France
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
8 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Not more than a few blocks in area, this places is very different from LA. It has small colorful alleys that are just snug and comfortable to walk, making LA seem like a wide desolate place. Find Japanese restaurants, supermakets and many various curiosity poking shops. Mochis and traditional sweets are a definite must!

Was this review helpful? Yes
Oakland, California
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

Lots of great little shops and knick knack stores. Our family visits every year! A must visit! Food, dessert, cosmetics, clothing, gifts. Also love the lanterns!

Was this review helpful? Yes
Sarasota, FL USA
Top Contributor
87 reviews 87 reviews
29 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

An interesting way to spend a few hours after touring the Disney Music Center. We could have walked down from Bunker Hill, but we took a bus instead -- only $.50 per person for a short, direct ride. Fun to wander through shops, a supermaket with excellent fruit, a Japanese museum (which I've seen before), even a hotel, the former... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Alexandria, Virginia
Top Contributor
129 reviews 129 reviews
108 attraction reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

If you've been to many Asian communities and centers, you're accustomed to this kind of setting and realize this isn't anything unique. Decent shops with activities to keep you occupied for an hour, but not much more. If you're around downtown L.A., there isn't much else to do so you might as well visit this place and Olvera Street, but... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Fresno, Ca
12 reviews 12 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

The little shops sold similar items but each store had its own presentation to invite their buyers inside their store.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Salinas, California
Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
15 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2014

I've been to japan towns / little tokyo in many places, but the Little Tokyo in LA is by far my favorite! There are some good restaurants and shops for japanese cosmetics and hello kitty toys! We had a very nice lunch buffet for 8.99! the food was great, with such a great price. I don't remember the name of... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 5
Toronto, Canada
14 reviews 14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014

You will find great Japanese cuisine and supermarket. The taste is good and fresh. If you are Hello Kitty fans, there has a Sanrio Store. The plaza I went calles Japanese Village Plaza.

Was this review helpful? Yes 1

Travelers who viewed Little Tokyo also viewed


Been to Little Tokyo? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing