The best places to go in Japantown, by vibe

Finding yourself in Nihonmachi—Japantown in Japanese—is one of the most authentic experiences of San Francisco. Culture radiates from this vibrant 6-block neighborhood and its original character prevails, even in the face of historic challenges.

Locals and tourists alike are hard pressed to find a dull moment. Explore the streets, plazas, landmarks, and spiritual centers. Explore blocks of Victorian homes as an architecture buff, hidden dining experiences as a foodie, and satiate your fashionista vibes with a one-of-a-kind shopping spree. Whether renting a kimono at Asakichi, getting your ramen fix at Marufuku Ramen, celebrating the Cherry Blossom Festival, or giving your mind and body a little TLC from Kabuki Springs and Spa, you’ll find your vibe in Japantown.

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Vibemap, in partnership with Japantown Community Benefit District

Vibemap has been honored to partner with Japantown Community Benefit District in the curation of this guide during the dramatic city-wide motion to reinvest in local businesses in response to the coronavirus.