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Little Tokyo

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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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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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204 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Hobart, Australia
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261 reviews 261 reviews
61 attraction reviews
205 helpful votes 205 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 via mobile

We wandered to this area expecting a vibrant, happening place but had to look hard to find it. A few good restaurants (found via Tripadvisor) put us in the area).

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Alhambra
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49 reviews 49 reviews
6 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

Living in the LA area my whole life , Little Tokyo never disappoints me. There is always new great food and cute gift shops that they have. I would suggest finding parking and walking around. There is a pretty cool mall down the street on Alameda. Mall offers a market on first floor, shops on the second , food and... More 

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Malibu, California
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531 reviews 531 reviews
155 attraction reviews
234 helpful votes 234 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

Its modern, cultural and social. Iconic and historical. Read the sidewalk...intermittent wasn't that long ago Excellent food. Inexpensive food Shops and bakeries Trinkets and clothes It's cool to walk 2 or 3 blocks and be in a TOTALLY different neighborhood It's always good to go to any and all ethnic neighborhoods. Yes, yes yes

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Cambridge, Massachusetts
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7 reviews 7 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

Only authentic and "cultural" about this place, in my opinion, was a Buddhist temple. I visited Koyasan Buddhist Temple. I prayed and even got to see some monks. It was a wonderful experience. Other than this experience, it was another Asian American shopping area with Japanese food, bakery goods, and many "cute" Japanese products.

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United Kingdom
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1,142 reviews 1,142 reviews
805 attraction reviews
1,896 helpful votes 1,896 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

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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262 reviews 262 reviews
103 attraction reviews
88 helpful votes 88 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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66 reviews 66 reviews
16 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 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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5 attraction reviews
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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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292 reviews 292 reviews
104 attraction reviews
296 helpful votes 296 helpful votes
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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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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