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Japan Center

Bordered by Geary Boulevard and Fillmore, Post, and Laguna Streets, San Francisco, CA
415 922 6776
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Ranked #156 of 377 Attractions in San Francisco
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Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Malls
Traveler Description: San Francisco's Japantown is one of three left in California. It was once a flourishing center for the Japanese-Americans of San Francisco until... more »
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San Diego, California
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44 reviews 44 reviews
15 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 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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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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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7 reviews 7 reviews
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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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Wallingford, Connecticut
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57 reviews 57 reviews
18 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

I had the best sushi ever at Japan Center!! It's a small place, but the atmosphere is fun and unique.

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Everett, Washington
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6 reviews 6 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

I really enjoyed going thru the area was a different world than china town. The shops had more to offer than the same cheap trinkets

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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151 reviews 151 reviews
126 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

The Japan Centre was build in the 1960's and externally it's just like too many Sixties shopping precincts worldwide, despite a some oriental items of street furniture. However once you wander indoors then you soon think that you've entered a village centre somewhere in Japan. The Centre is located in the traditional Japanese neighbourhood of the city. I'd just visited... More

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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174 reviews 174 reviews
45 attraction reviews
94 helpful votes 94 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

What a great mall. Interesting, safe and affordable (with good parking). Loved Pika Pika for the kids (photo booths) and so many interesting shops. This is a real treasure - across from the best movie theatre in the City.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014

Our daughter literally freaked out at the stores here! If you love all things Japanese then there are many shops and restaurants to spend your money in, including a Daisco Japanese Dollar store. Found the vendors very friendly and the prices within reason for the area. If you love Anime characters and knickknacks then this is the place. The bookstore... More

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Reno, Nevada
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391 reviews 391 reviews
165 attraction reviews
320 helpful votes 320 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014

It's a couple of blocks long mall with Japanese food and stores. You will fill like you left the US while in this center.

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84 reviews 84 reviews
64 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2014

This is a below average attraction. We were very disappointed with it. There is nothing really to write up. The parking is difficult to find and the Japanese restaurants in the Japan center We spent an hour looking for a parking spot. There is nothing spectacular about the place We visited the place in the afternoon, so not sure if... More

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