Japantown


San Francisco's Japantown has been the center of the local Japanese American community for nearly 100 years. Since the 1880s, Japanese immigrants started arriving in the United States, and San Francisco was the port of entry for those seeking opportunity and education here. Few are aware that there were once three "Japantowns" in San Francisco, and although the South of Market and Chinatown Japanese communities have long since disappeared, the Western Addition Japantown has existed since 1906.

As such, it enjoys the privilege of being home to many community and cultural organizations, religious institutions, festivals, and the source for just about all things Japanese. From manju at the local favorite Benkyodo, shopping at the Japan Center, and tea ceremonies at Nichi Bei Kai, there are numerous opportunities to experience Japanese and Japanese American community. So feel free to come and enjoy the history, culture, and many characteristics that make Japantown such a unique San Francisco neighborhood.


About Japantown
SF Japantown Website

Cherry Blossom Festival

Nihonmachi Street Fair

Japan National Tourist Organization


Exploring California's Japantowns

Map

(Directions to Japantown / PDF)

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Our address is
1765 Sutter St.
San Francisco, CA 94115

By Public Transit:

Bus Lines #2 Clement or #3 Jackson:
Take lines #2, or #3 to Japantown via Post/Sutter and exit at Sutter and Buchanan

Bus Lines #38 or 38L (Limited):
Take the #38 or #38L to Japantown via Geary and exit at Geary and Laguna.

Bus Line #22
Take the #22 to Japantown via Fillmore and exit on Fillmore and Geary.

For detailed public transit information, visit 511.org


By Car:

From San Jose:
Take Highway 101 North and take the Mission Street exit right towards Van Ness. Turn left on Geary Blvd and there is public parking at the Japan Center Garage on your right half a block after Laguna and right before Webster St.

From the North Bay:
Go south on Highway 101 and after crossing the Golden Gate Bridge go east until you reach Van Ness Avenue. Turn right and go south. When you reach Geary Street turn right and go straight until you cross Laguna Street. You will find the Japan Center Garage on your right half a block after Laguna and right before Webster St.

From the East Bay:
Go south on Interstate 80 which becomes Highway 101 after you cross the Bay Bridge. Take Highway 101 North and take the Mission Street exit right towards Van Ness. Turn left on Geary Blvd and there is public parking at the Japan Center Garage on your right half a block after Laguna and right before Webster St.