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San Francisco Japantown Audio Tour by VoiceMap: Food, History, and Resistance

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    Pass By: Japantown, Post and Buchanan Streets, San Francisco, CA

    While there are many great restaurants, there’s just so much more to Japantown than ramen and sushi. There are stories here that so many don’t know - stories you might never know unless you were part of the community.

    Pass By: Benkyodo, 1747 Buchanan St, San Francisco, CA 94115-3208

    Benkyodo is one of only three traditional Japanese manju makers remaining in the US. The others are in each of the other two remaining Japantowns in Los Angeles and San Jose. Manju is a traditional Japanese confection, traditionally filled with sweet bean paste and wrapped with mochi, a glutinous rice that is pounded down into a sticky, gooey, delicious mass.

    Pass By: Fillmore Street, Between Jackson and Eddy Street Pacific Heights, San Francisco, CA

    Bop City at 1712 Fillmore Street became the place to play after hours. Anyone who was anyone in jazz played here: John Coltrane, Billie Holiday, Miles Davis and Duke Ellington to name a few. In the 1940’s San Francisco’s black community grew immensely and Fillmore Street was dubbed the Harlem of the West.
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    Departure Point
    Osaka Way, &, Sutter St & Buchanan St, San Francisco, CA 94115, USA
    Departure Time
    At your convenience!  This tour is best between 10:30am - 3:30pm on Wednesday-Saturdays, when all of the businesses on the tour are open. However, it can be taken at any time, on any day. Most stops are open until 6pm.
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    1010 Geary Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94109, USA
    • Lifetime access to 'Food, History and Resistance in Japantown' tour
    • VoiceMap Application
    • Offline access to audio, maps, and geodata
    • Smartphone
    • Transportation
    • Food/drinks
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Wheelchair accessible
    • Stroller accessible
    • Service animals allowed
    • Near public transportation
    • Infants must sit on laps
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
    Cancellation Policy
    All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.
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    Reviewed 3 weeks ago

    Even though I lived in San Francisco for years and visited Japantown quite frequently, I learned so many interesting facts on this tour, I only wish I had known about these hidden gems earlier! Kristin's approach to Japantown will absolutely give anyone, be it a...More

    Date of experience: November 2018
    Thank Diana T
    Reviewed August 30, 2019

    Kristin’s tour is awesome - for visitors and locals alike. She provides a special personal touch as she shares both the unique history and modern excitement of SF’s Japantown, including her own personal stories to make it more memorable. The food stops along the way...More

    Date of experience: September 2018
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    Reviewed August 24, 2019

    I loved being guided around the neighborhood with this app! You can do it at your own pace. The stories on the tour were really immersive. I’m a local, and saw so many cool spots that gave me a new perspective on Japantown.

    Date of experience: June 2019
    1  Thank ben_meatball
    Reviewed July 26, 2019

    A wonderful audio tour if you’re visiting or are a member of the local community. Kristin’s soothing and gentle voice is the perfect guide through Japantown. With so much history to be shared and exciting spots to discover, Kristin captures this perfectly as you can...More

    Date of experience: September 2018
    Thank 396asn
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