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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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I couldn't find true Japanese food taste. Most were kinda close to and the gift shops were trinkets.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Robert H
West Palm Beach, Florida
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West Palm Beach, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I couldn't find true Japanese food taste. Most were kinda close to and the gift shops were trinkets.

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Oak Park, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Japantown was really a fun neighborhood. We had several good meals there and enjoyed wandering, not only in the Square but on the adjoining streets. The shops were interesting and we especially had a good time going up and down the aisles of the Daiso Store, like a huge Japanese dollar store, (most items being $1.50).

Thank gale z
North Easton, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Despite visiting San Francisco several times, this was our first visit here. We enjoyed visiting the shops, boutiques and restaurants located in three buildings forming a mall and two outdoor squares. We made several unique purchases and look forward to visiting again when we are in San Francisco.

Thank DharmaDude007
New York, United States
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2017

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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2017 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 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2017 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 Alzor S
Waterloo, Canada
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017

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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2017 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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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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