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Japan Center

Address: Bordered by Geary Boulevard and Fillmore, Post, and Laguna Streets, San Francisco, CA
Phone Number: 415 922 6776
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Ranked #203 of 716 things to do in San Francisco
Type: Landmarks & points of interest, Malls, Sights & Landmarks, Shopping & Fashion
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Type: Landmarks & points of interest, Malls, Sights & Landmarks, Shopping & Fashion
Sun 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Mon - Sat 11:30 am - 8:00 pm
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  • Chinese (Simplified) first
  • English first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
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San Diego, California
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29 reviews 29 reviews
3 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

This is one of our must-visits whenever we're in San Francisco...we love the restaurants, and were thrilled to find that there is now a Daiso in the Center! One of my favorite stores! I was glad to see new stores in the center, I think the revitalization will be great for this center.

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Fremont, California
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2,099 reviews 2,099 reviews
1,283 attraction reviews
1,225 helpful votes 1,225 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015

This is where to feel part of "Japan" in San Francisco. There is a big parking lot (for fee) under the center. As such, its easy to get to. There are a variety of Japanese restaurants, generally moderately priced. One of our favorite is the sushi boat restaurant called Isobune. We have dined at a number of other restaurants also,... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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172 reviews 172 reviews
33 attraction reviews
101 helpful votes 101 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

There is not much to see here. Only a few japanese shops, some japanese restaurants, and some chinese(!). Don't feel that this should be a must-go on sf.

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San Rafael, California
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210 reviews 210 reviews
80 attraction reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Though this is called Japan Center and there are many Japan themed shops here from the old days, the owners are now Korean and Occidental. I miss the Japanese traditions that used to be seen there daily in the old days but you can still have your Asian Shopping fix here. Tons of stuff here for everyone.

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116 reviews 116 reviews
99 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

The Japan Center is just one (big) part of Japantown, a whole complex of buildings and shops dedicated to Japanese culture. You should see it all. This areas has great food at reasonable prices. It all feels safe, clean and happy. Families will enjoy it. The "peace pagoda" looks better from a distance than it does up close, and you... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014 via mobile

I literally can go here as much as I can. Food is always nice, ambience is serene and fun. I just love spending some weekends here with my loved one and munch all the japanese foods that our tummy can afford to eat. overall I recommend this place!

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Victoria, Canada
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210 reviews 210 reviews
115 attraction reviews
126 helpful votes 126 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

While many of the stores and restaurants are no longer owned by Japanese, there is still much authentic Japanese culture and products to be found here if you know your stuff. It was much more enjoyable than we thought it would be after our disappointing experience in San Jose. It's worth your time to visit here is you enjoy the... More 

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San Diego, California
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60 reviews 60 reviews
15 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

If you like Japanese restaurants and shopping you'll enjoy a visit. There are several restaurants and stores in the mall. Lots of sushi options and smaller restaurants as well as the large chain BeniHana Restaurant. The public restrooms in the mall are clean. The stores here sell Japanese dishes, decor, teapots and there's even a bookstore. It doesn't take very... More 

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Park City, Utah
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

We spent a whole afternoon here exploring the malls and walking through the neighborhood. It is wonderful and frequently missed. There is a Japanese dollar store called Daiso. Loved that store! So did my teenaged daughter. We also had lunch at one of the many restaurants in the mall. It was wonderful. Highly recommend.

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Richmond, British Columbia, Canada
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

- happened to be there for the Nihonmachi Street Fair - great music, impressive drumming, fun street dancing, community booths - came back on a week day - interesting shops and several good, inexpensive eateries in the centre

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