One of San Francisco's most culturally-rich experiences is right under your nose, yet its value is even unknown to most locals. Japantown, one of only three remaining Japanese neighborhoods is also the oldest of its kind in the United States.
Unassuming and peaceful, San Francisco's Japantown neighborhood is home to artisans of ancient fare and traditional crafts. Strolling from cobblestone pathways to surprisingly unrelated mall floors and amongst naturally-simple landmarks, you'll find yourself popping into several food markets, shops and restaurants. You'll come across neighborhood secrets often passed over by rushed visitors, hear shop-owner stories, learn about cultural talents and taste specialties made with authentic Japanese ingredients. After your stroll throughout the neighborhood, you'll sit down to a ramen lunch where noodles are hand-pulled and the dashi is divine.