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Neighbourhood: Japantown
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Address: Post and Buchanan Streets, San Francisco, CA
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+1 415-922-6776

A small neighborhood with Japanese restaurants, shops and other...

A small neighborhood with Japanese restaurants, shops and other attractions.

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Small but interesting area of San Francisco

The area is dominated by the mall that houses a group of interesting restaurants and Japanese theme shops. Little else to see in the area other than the peace monument. Worth the... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 25 November 2016
Utica, New York
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New York, United States
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30 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I have visited Japantown before and expecting something different and/or better change. However, I only see more restaurants and nothing else relates to Japanese culture. It's so disappointed.

Thank Tony L
Manitowoc, Wisconsin
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32 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We almost skipped this place based on the other reviews. I am so glad we went anyway! Japantown consists of a three-building mall and two squares. There was so much interesting stuff in all the stores and the food was amazing. We even ate a dessert infused with liquid nitrogen that makes makes people breathe smoke called "Dragon Breath." Awesome... More 

Thank aaronerdmann
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1,224 reviews
361 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 142 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This bears no resemblance to anything going on in 21st century Japan. It's a time capsule frozen in amber. Unremarkable foods.

Thank Scrappleking
Waterloo, Canada
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324 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 539 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went to Japantown expecting something similar to Chinatown, a vibrant neighbourhood with lots of cafes and restaurants. But, what we got was one large building (a marketplace) with Japanese shops, and a small park/square with a few more additional shops. It was almost deserted and most shops were closed and it was before 5 p.m. I didn't really see... More 

Thank Travel_Bug81
Makati, Philippines
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13 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Japantown consists of a few blocks of vendors. It's an easy walk even for young kids. We checked out the different restaurants and stores. If you like Japanese food, this is the place to go. They also have a vendor that makes fresh tofu daily but come early because it gets sold out fast.

Thank momxpress95
Vista, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2016

Nice to walk through, but not a lot more. Mostly businesses selling Japanese-made products, from low to high end. A few restaurants. A half hour should pretty much do it.

Thank tijuanade
Utica, New York
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1,099 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 625 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 2016

The area is dominated by the mall that houses a group of interesting restaurants and Japanese theme shops. Little else to see in the area other than the peace monument. Worth the visit if you want a Japanese meal. Otherwise, pass.

Thank RonL40
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64 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2016 via mobile

Japantown is fun to walk around with friends, family or solo. There's great food and stores. I love the specialty shops and markets. There's tons of culture around the city and this area is a gem! There's a Pokemon store and lots of hello kitty things.

2 Thank Sarai4me
Adelaide, Australia
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2016

My wife and I walked there from the financial district looking for a great Japanese meal akin to what you would find in a Chinatown anywhere around the world. We were disappointed. We walked around lots and really got a creepy vibe from the place. It's a bit run down and resembles what a town might look like when a... More 

Thank JRAR2013
Monroe, New York
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113 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

I was invited to a conference in the middle of the area - unfortunately the hotels in Japantown were full so I ended up "commuting" from a hotel in Fisherman's Wharf. Made for an interesting stay. Where the Wharf feels more touristy, Japantown seems to go at a quieter, tranquil pace. It was especially true when the storm blew out... More 

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