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Japan Center

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Explore Japanese culture in the city's famed neighborhood. Japan Center's authentic architecture, shops, and food-plus the presence of the Peace Pagoda-make it one of Japantown's prized landmarks.
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Bordered by Geary Boulevard and Fillmore, Post, and Laguna Streets, San Francisco, CA
Marcus Garvey Square
+1 415-922-6776
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The Japanese centre was opened in 1968. There are many shopping here. I would specially recommend to take pictures with tower.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank SiddhantPatil5
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A shopping center created years ago in the redevelopment area with some mixed success. For me the best part is the excellent movie theater. Indoor parking.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Thomas V
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Originally called the Japanese Cultural and Trade Center when if opened in 1968, the Japan Center has a lot to offer. There are some really neat shops here. I really enjoyed seeing the kimono shop and spending time in the book store. Plenty of food...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank dm9915
Reviewed 2 January 2019 via mobile

Very nice atmosphere with several japanese boutiques and restaurants. We had a great sushi dinner here.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank foodenthusiast1891
Reviewed 30 December 2018 via mobile

I loved the big Kinokuniya bookstore! If you are into K-beauty or J-beauty there are 3 shops in the complex where you can buy some Korean and Japanese cosmetics. Some cute amd quirky shops. I tried put some ice cream (I cannot remember the name...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Qutedoc
Reviewed 11 December 2018

we were surprised visiting Japan Center in the middle of the city. the shops, the restaurants are just like you are in Japan. they probably wish they had more space so they can add more to this. I quite enjoy the side trip into this...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 1 December 2018

If you are nearby, it is worth checking out this part of the city. A beautiful 5-story pagoda and many cute shops. Highly recommend!

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank misopiso88
Reviewed 18 November 2018

good place to go for Japanese shopping from groceries to hand craft goods. they have performances thru out the year. plenty of restaurants to choose from. personally I like ramen.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank thomas c
Reviewed 10 October 2018 via mobile

I was so surprised by the style and business run in Japan center in San Francisco. It looks amazing and I got them feeling that I were in Japan again.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank steelriver2014
Reviewed 3 October 2018

We stayed at the Hotel Kabuki in Japan town as a good central point from which to explore SFO, discovered the Japan Centre on our doorstep. We really enjoyed exploring the centre, the mall and surrounding area. Some fascinating shops and some authentic Restaurants, one...More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank neil W
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