Japantown, San Francisco

Posted on 18 May 2011 by Sammy

Japantown, San Francisco

Japantown, San Francisco

Japantown (??? Nihonmachi) in San Francisco is also known as Little Osaka, Funayville and J Town. It is the largest and oldest Japanese town in the United States and spans over six blocks on Post Street, between Laguna Street and Webster Street. The focal point of Japantown is the Japan Center, which opened in 1968 and is three Japanese-oriented shopping centres.


Peace Pagoda, Japantown

Peace Pagoda, Japantown

The other main focal point of Japantown is the Peace Pagoda (shown above), a five-tiered concrete stupa which was designed by a Japanese architect Yoshiro Taniguchi and was presented to San Francisco by the people of Osaka in Japan. It is located between Post and Geary St at Buchanan and is part of the Japan Center complex. Look how small I am compared to this Peace Pagoda! It’s absolutely massive.


Japantown, San Francisco

Japantown is full of Japanese restaurants, supermarkets, indoor shopping malls, hotels, banks and other shops, including Kinokuniya.


Japantown, San Francisco

Japantown, San Francisco


I took my brother here for his birthday to treat him to lunch!

Denny's Birthday Lunch

Sammy at Denny's Birthday Lunch

Yum yum.. in my tummy

This was the first time I’ve ever had such good Japanese food before. It was so authentic and it was so much food! Mmmm.



(Japantown, San Francisco, California)

1707 Buchanan St, San Francisco, California


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