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Little Tokyo

Downtown, Southeast of the Civic Center; bounded by 1st, Los Angeles, CA (Central L.A)
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Ranked #76 of 368 attractions in Los Angeles
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Type: Neighborhoods
Activities: City walk sightseeing, Dining
Description: This Japanese neighborhood is a good place for eating and visiting gardens.
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20 reviews 20 reviews
11 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014 NEW

I enjoyed a Saturday afternoon and later evening in Little Tokyo. It is a safe area in LA. Great people watching, little shops, a museum, and great selection of food and Japanese restaurants. I picked up a few items in the grocery to snack on in my room. The square at night filled with families enjoying music, food, shopping and... More

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Olathe, Kansas
3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2014

Lots of little shops with merchandise from Japan. Japanese people to talk with. Friendly merchants and a variety of architecture. Fun.

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Taipei, Taiwan
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54 reviews 54 reviews
27 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2014

So we already have a lot of Japanese stores and restaurants in Taiwan,I guess that's one of the reasons I find it just okay not that special or it's just because maybe I am Asian too. I got bubble tea here and it wasn't that good. Got some American cosmetics here though..it was cheaper! Japanese cosmetics here are of course... More

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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56 reviews 56 reviews
26 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2014

Near DTLA has different places to eat whether you wants Shabu Shabu, Sushi, or Ramen! Great place for shopping too! They have a lot of small shops that sell different types of merchandise from Sanrio to shoes!

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Miami, Florida
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27 reviews 27 reviews
20 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2014

Short walk from downtown. A lot of stores and restaurants. Best sushi I've ever had by far.. It awesome to see a different culture so well defined within a city. You won't regret walking around for a while, you will feel like in another country

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Manhattan Beach, California
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85 reviews 85 reviews
27 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2014

I've been wanting to visit Little Tokyo for many years now and I finally made it! What an ecclectic little neighborhood right on the outskirts of Downtown LA. Filled with delicious-smelling restaurants, stores selling Hello Kitty EVERYTHING, some VERY interesting beauty products, Japanese imports, as well as antiques and confections. I love the people of the Japanese culture, their impressive... More

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Toronto, Canada
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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2014

I went to Little Tokyo on a Tuesday after going to Chinatown. It seemed to have a bit more people on that day compared to Chinatown. It was clean and it was very easy to find the main area with Japanese decorations. There were a few Japanese boutiques outside and I had kaiten sushi for $2/plate. Overall it was a... More

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San Luis Obispo, California
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12 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2014 via mobile

Culture, food, people, Little Tokyo has it all, and retains the style and flavor of Japan. I recommend a visit, or two. Go hungry so you can try one of the many small eateries. There are even a couple of Asian/Japanese grocery stores in the area. Enjoy!

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Boston, Massachusetts
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36 reviews 36 reviews
23 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2014

I was so excited to read reviews on Little Tokyo that I decided to schedule in a visit. I found the little "village" filled with touristy cheap gifts and mediocre resturants. There was a section, similar to a mini mall, that was closed on the day I was visiting. Apparently they only open one day a week. Which was strange... More

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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2014

It's a little far if you're catching public transport. Not much to see, a few little shops that have odds & ends definitely check out Kula, make sure you leave your name at the door as it can get extremely busy. food is good and only $2 per plate!

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