"Japantown" Japantown Tip by apbeaches

Japantown, San Francisco: 25 reviews and 50 photos


Japantown is filled with many Japanese shops, cafe's, restaurants, small chain hotels, salons, Japanese American Schools and Buddhist Temples. A Japanese American Library opened in 1969, as the only national Japanese American resource center devoted to collecting and preserving primary and secondary source material related to Japanese Americans. The library makes their materials available to the public, and it provides information and referral services. Throughout the year there are many cultural activities.

After the 1906 Earthquake many Japanese and Japanese Americans relocated to Japontown. Originally SF Japantown was commonly referred to as ?Nihonjin Machi? or Japanese People?s Town which spanned 30 blocks. WWII broke out and 120,000 Japanese Americans were ordered to pack up and leave. They were sent to 10 relocation camps. After the war, the neighborhood changed to reflect the more dispersed character of the postwar community, from Nihonjin Machi to Nihonmachi, or ?Japantown.? Urban renewal or ?Redevelopment? resulted in the displacement of thousands of established residents. Scores of businesses closed, stately Victorians and other structures were moved or destroyed. 30 blocks of Nihonmachi was reduced to less than 10 blocks. The 1960?s brought the Japan Cultural and Trade Center which is now called Japan Center mall. This 5 acre property houses specialty shops and restaurants. SF Japantown is one of only three Japantowns remaining in the U.S. today.

Address: Post and Buchanan, San Francisco, CA 94115
Directions: Just north of Geary and south of Sutter, between Laguna and Fillmore.
Phone: (415) 567-4573
Website: http://sfjapantown.org/

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  • Updated Jan 8, 2016
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