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Address: Bordered by Geary Boulevard and Fillmore, Post, and Laguna Streets, San Francisco, CA
Phone Number: 415 922 6776
12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Sun 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Mon - Sat 11:30 am - 8:00 pm
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Fun shopping center filled with Japanese food and culture. Lots of cools shops and nice restaurants. Some stores to visit include Kinokuniya, Daiso, and Ichibankan. Some food... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 21, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

Fun shopping center filled with Japanese food and culture. Lots of cools shops and nice restaurants. Some stores to visit include Kinokuniya, Daiso, and Ichibankan. Some food ideas include Ino Sushi, Mifune Don, and Belly Good Cafe.

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Lucknow, India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

This is a small area packed up with a number of attractions. Walking through the shopping centre and the Mall area gives one feeling as if walking through mini Japan. There are large number of eating places providing enough choice to ones having favour for Japanese food. A walk through the consumer chain 'Daiso' is must for picking up souvenirs... More 

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Kansas City, Missouri
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

I went to the Japan Center while in town for a conference. It reminded me of visiting Japan as a teenager! There are lots of cute shops and restaurants to check out. My favorites were the book store and the $1.50 shop. Show up hungry because there's a ton of goodies to try!

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San Diego, California
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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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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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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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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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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

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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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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