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Japan Center

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Explore Japanese culture in the city's famed neighborhood. Japan Center's authentic architecture, shops, and food-plus the presence of the Peace Pagoda-make it one of Japantown's prized landmarks.
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Bordered by Geary Boulevard and Fillmore, Post, and Laguna Streets, San Francisco, CA
Marcus Garvey Square
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Very nice atmosphere with several japanese boutiques and restaurants. We had a great sushi dinner here.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank foodenthusiast1891
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I loved the big Kinokuniya bookstore! If you are into K-beauty or J-beauty there are 3 shops in the complex where you can buy some Korean and Japanese cosmetics. Some cute amd quirky shops. I tried put some ice cream (I cannot remember the name...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed December 11, 2018

we were surprised visiting Japan Center in the middle of the city. the shops, the restaurants are just like you are in Japan. they probably wish they had more space so they can add more to this. I quite enjoy the side trip into this...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed November 30, 2018

If you are nearby, it is worth checking out this part of the city. A beautiful 5-story pagoda and many cute shops. Highly recommend!

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed November 17, 2018

good place to go for Japanese shopping from groceries to hand craft goods. they have performances thru out the year. plenty of restaurants to choose from. personally I like ramen.

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed October 9, 2018 via mobile

I was so surprised by the style and business run in Japan center in San Francisco. It looks amazing and I got them feeling that I were in Japan again.

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed October 3, 2018

We stayed at the Hotel Kabuki in Japan town as a good central point from which to explore SFO, discovered the Japan Centre on our doorstep. We really enjoyed exploring the centre, the mall and surrounding area. Some fascinating shops and some authentic Restaurants, one...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed August 4, 2018 via mobile

A bit hidden, but we lived this Japanese mall. Lots of good food options and art shops. There’s even a bar.

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed July 16, 2018

We visited Japan Center for some shopping and for taiko drum lessons at the YMCA. There are shops with lovely ceramics, house goods, table wares, and clothing. There are also two small malls that contain a variety of shops. There are a variety of dining...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed July 13, 2018

The Japan Center is an older Japanese themed mall. It has 2 floors and 2 buildings. The mall has everything from bookstores, restaurants, a movie theater, ice cream shops, crepe places, bakeries, craft stores, and stores with traditional Japanese goods. I love the mochi shop!...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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KYMichelle
Lexington, Kentucky
What a great trip! (5 Replies)
I found this forum so helpful when planning my trip (thanks to all those who answer questions!) and really enjoyed reading the trip reports - so I decided to write my own. My husband was attending Dreamforce and I tagged along to go sight-seeing. We stayed at the Best Western Tomo in Japantown (his company booked the hotel - but it was a good location for us). Day 1 (Tuesday) - walked from Japantown to the Coit Tower, rode the elevator to the top, took the Filbert steps on the way back...More
September 05, 2011|
Response fromMadeleine M|
Wowza! Just reading the walking you did on Day 1 along made be tired :) But what a wonderful trip! You saw so much that most first timers never get close to -- you are indeed a traveler not a tourist! And, I would agree that the Lands End trail is a treasure. Please come back soon.
cher_of_the_dog
San Diego
Overnight parking NoPa/Anza Vista area (3 Replies)
We are staying for a week on the NoPA/Anza Vista area and would like to park our truck for the entire time in a garage. Parking at the airport and taking BART is a reasonable option, but does anyone know if the SFMTA garages (ie Japan Center Garage) or the Kaiser garage in that area allow long-term parking? We may take it out once or twice for some excursions, so I'd like to be a little closer than the airport if possible. Thanks in advance!
July 25, 2014|
Response fromcher_of_the_dog|
These look good - Thank you! Our truck is a dodge ram, 4 door. Not oversized, but nothing you'd want to drive around San Francisco in. Sadly, our small car is in the shop.
woodchucker
traffic in san francisco on a holiday weekend (2 Replies)
We are traveling to S.F. for our first visit ever over the weekend before July 4th (actually leaving town to head south on the 4th itself). We are going to have a rental car because it costs the same to rent it for a week as it would have to rent it for the 4 days we will be needing it after we leave the city. We have a hotel deal near Fisherman's Wharf that includes free parking. I was thinking we would probably just leave it in the garage for the 3 days we're in S.F., but I'm wondering: if...More
May 28, 2006|
Response frommacjack|
SInce you've got it anyway, you might as well use your car for visits around the city. The worst traffic is always on the bridges and freeways going in and out of the city. You may have to be a bit creative with parking in some areas- like at GG Park , be prepared to park a bit further from your destination and then walk a few blocks. And also, much of GG Park is closed to car traffic on Sundays, so use that day to visit the GG Bridge or other are instead. You could aslo use your car to...More