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Exploring San Francisco’s Japantown

Spend a day exploring Japantown’s unique shops, restaurants and history with this San Francisco neighborhood itinerary.

1610 Geary Boulevard
Landmark

Japan Center/Peace Plaza

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The center of San Francisco’s Japantown spreads out from the plaza’s distinctive, five-tiered round pagoda. Nearby there is plenty of shopping, dining and more.

1610 Geary Boulevard
1800 Sutter Street
Restaurant

Mum’s

02

Start with breakfast at this eclectic café located in the Hotel Tomo, which serves robust American breakfasts — think omelets and pancakes — then morphs into a combined American and Japanese restaurant for lunch. At dinnertime, Mum’s becomes more Japanese, showcasing shabu-shabu — thin-sliced steak and vegetables cooked in an iron pot at the table.

1800 Sutter Street
1581 Webster Street
Bookstore

Kinokuniya Bookstore

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Spread over two floors, this big store stocks Japanese manga, anime, art, fashion and design books and much more, including some books and magazines in English.

1581 Webster Street
1581 Webster Street
Video Store

J-town Video

04

Located on the ground floor across from Kinokuniya is, a small but well-stocked shop that features the latest in Japanese feature-length animated movies and other Japanese-language cinema.

1581 Webster Street
Restaurant
Sushi in Japantown
1581 Webster Street

Suzu Noodle House

05

A great spot for lunch, this cozy, efficient – and most importantly, tasty – noodle shop is just like you’d find in Japan. Fresh soba (thin wheat noodles) and udon (thick buckwheat noodles) are on offer, along with refreshing green tea, Japanese beer and sake served hot or, as it’s often taken in Japan, chilled.

1581 Webster Street
1730 Geary Boulevard
Shopping Center

The Asakichi Stores

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Asakichi includes an antique, arts and tea ceremony store, an incense shop, a cast iron teapot and bronze shop and a kimono store.

1730 Geary Boulevard
1750 Geary Boulevard
Spa

Kabuki Springs & Spa

07

If shopping wears you out, consider taking a good hot soak and getting a massage.

1750 Geary Boulevard
1700 Laguna Street
Restaurant

Kiss Seafood

08

An intimate 12-seat restaurant that is more expensive than many but refined and accomplished. This is a great choice if you want delicate, flavorful, chef-chosen sushi, sashimi and other delicacies.

1700 Laguna Street

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