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Address: Bordered by Geary Boulevard and Fillmore, Post, and Laguna Streets, San Francisco, CA
Phone Number: 415 922 6776
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11:30 am - 8:00 pm
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Sun 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Mon - Sat 11:30 am - 8:00 pm
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Quiet and relaxing shopping center

If you want to feel like in Japan, the best place is the Japan Center in the heart of Japanese Town, in San Francisco - California. Quiet atmosphere. A lot of Japanese restaurants... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed October 21, 2015

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San Francisco, USA
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197 reviews
103 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

In addition to its many Japanese shops and restaurants, which are fun to explore, I also like to sit and people watch and eavesdrop in its central Peace Park.

Thank JDZatSF
Louisville, Kentucky
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41 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2015

If you are into the Japanese culture this is a place that is a MUST. Lots of little shops, authentic food and great atmosphere.

Thank didikae
Grass Valley, California
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2015

This place is awesome featuring a bunch of traditional and modern restaurants, cafes, shops, grocery stores, and discount marts. Hidden on the other side of west mall is a great bookstore.

Thank Michael D
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44 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2015

If you want to feel like in Japan, the best place is the Japan Center in the heart of Japanese Town, in San Francisco - California. Quiet atmosphere. A lot of Japanese restaurants there, my favorite ultimate dessert place " Sophie Crepe " is there. I like also the store: Daiso.

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90 reviews
60 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HKYyY33mXig copy and paste the above link for watch what exactly it is like before you go with english and chiese subtitle. The restaurant Isobune we have tried the Japanese sushi there, great fresh sushi. The price wasn't cheap but worth for the fresh food. Specially for Japanese who has homesick where you are in SF. After the great food,... More 

Thank Hike G
Lawton, Oklahoma
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78 reviews
32 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

This was fun to see. Lots of shopping, food, and culture, but don't plan to spend a ton of time here.

Thank Kaci S
Weston, Florida
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454 reviews
269 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015 via mobile

Every time I am in San Francisco I go to the Japan center. It has a lot of shops, restaurants and the Japanese equivalent of the dollar store where you can find all kind of cool gadgets and dishes (for more than a dollar as I am talking more about atmosphere than price). There is also more expensive and boutique... More 

Thank Pomerols
Miami, Florida
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13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

Fascinating experience to walk about Japanese shops, restaurants and shops. Excellent restaurants (I am writing a separate review for Isobune sushi-boat restaurant) A unique site that is a must for any San Francisco visitor.

Thank pedroesteban007
Orlando, Florida
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519 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1,280 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

Staying at The Opal Hotel (highly recommended discount accommodation) at Geary & Van Ness, I took a Muni bus west along Geary. An elderly rider sitting next to me correctly assumed anyone wearing a T-shirt and shorts is a tourist (Floridians can’t afford SF’s outdoor a/c☺). She asked where I was going, to which I replied Japan Center, thinking it... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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23 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

No parking but well worth the walk. We went to Japan town for lunch, not knowing there was a festival taking place. It was so much fun and there was great music and great food. The only downside was that it was very crowded and the bands played primarily Jimmy Hendrix music and rock rather that traditional Japanese music but... More 

Thank David B

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