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Touring Little Tokyo

Japanese cuisine, boutiques and culture in southeast L.A.
Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 0.5 miles
Duration: Half day
Family Friendly

Overview:  The next time you've got a craving for tasty sushi, tempura, sake or some other Japanese dish, head over to Little Tokyo in downtown... more »

Tips:  It makes no sense to drive around this pedestrian-friendly neighborhood, so park your car at one of the public lots. If you park in... more »

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Points of Interest

Start your walking tour here, where you can purchase cheap sweets for the road and meet the members of the longest-running family business in town.

Established in 1903, Fugetsu-Do is the place to go for traditional Japanese mochi (rice cakes) and manju, (a chewy, pounded rice mound filled with various flavored paste), shaved ice and sembei ... More

It's a short walk down First Street to this museum that depicts the story of American-Japanese ancestry in the United States through exhibits studded with artifacts, art and computer-enhanced home movies.

During World War II, many Japanese living in California were forced to move to relocation camps while others fled to nearby states.

Before... More

Mikawaya has been serving wagashi (Japanese desserts and pastries) since 1910. Yum!

In 1994, the pastry shop introduced mochi ice cream, a traditional Japanese chilled dessert. The strawberry mochi is a great starter if you're not sure what flavor to sample. For kids, try a serving of the rainbow twist ice cream. You'll also find a good variety... More

Step inside Frying Fish for the sushi. The rotating sushi bar is the attraction here.

Take a seat at the counter and make your selections from a conveyor belt laden with California rolls, yellowtail hand roll, salmon, spider roll and other sushi items. You can also order from a menu.
120 Japanese Village Plaza
Los Angeles
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5. Oiwake Restaurant

There's a good reason this restaurant is popular with both locals and tourists. A Japanese Village Plaza staple, the restaurant serves a traditional (and very tasty) all-you-can-eat Japanese lunch buffet (25 items). Try to snag a window table on the second floor for nice views of the plaza shops.

Nightly karaoke from 5 to closing.
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6. Shinyodo Fine Jewelry & Gift

Cross First Street and turn slightly right to reach the Japanese Village Plaza, a lively outdoor mall with colorful boutiques and authentic Japanese eateries. Shinyodo Fine Jewelry & Gift is easy to find with its colorful kimonos fluttering in the breeze by an open door. Inside, tables and shelves are laden with imported items such as Japanese... More

There are a few ways to reach this hotel, which has a lovely Japanese garden on the third floor. The half-acre zen-inspired Garden in the Sky is a great place to zone out. The tranquil garden is a mini replica of a 400-year-old, 10-acre garden in Tokyo.

From the plaza, exit from the entrance on First Street, turn left and walk to Los Angeles... More

If this is your first visit to Little Tokyo, consider a slightly longer walking tour beyond bustling First Street.

After exploring the Japanese American National Museum, and shops on First Street, walk along Central Street to Third Street to see the Higashi Honganji Buddhist Temple at 505 E. Third St. Turn right and see the Jodo Shu Buddhist... More