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Japan Center

The Japanese people have played a large role in the culture of San Francisco, California and the Japan Center at the heart of Japantown is a testament to this influence. The district is the result of a post-war community redevelopment program located in the Japantown neighbourhood of the city that sell Japanese products or are based on Japanese culture. The shopping centre was designed by American architect, Minoru Yamasaki in the 1960’s in what is described as brutalist style. The Japan Center is now home to Japanese-themed stores, theatres, restaurants and the annual Cherry Blossom festival.

  • Gain focus with some meditation at the Peace Pagoda, a Buddhist stupa found at the site of the Japan Center that welcomes all types of people from around San Francisco in their quest for inner peace.
  • Shop at the Kinokuniya Mall while in San Francisco and you can peruse the massive book selection at the famous Japanese bookstore chain found within.
  • Catch a screening of an Asian-American independent film at the Sundance Kabuki Theatre, one of the centrepieces of the Japan Center that also has performances of the San Francisco Opera.

The Japantown neighbourhood is only a few kilometres from San Francisco’s Union Square, so it is easy to reach by public transportation. There are several bus routes that leave from Union Square and pass near the Japan Center, so just take one of them and get off at Laguna, Buchanan, or Webster streets and walk the rest of the way. If arriving by private or hired car take the Civic Centre exit and follow the signs to Japantown. Those with cars should be warned that parking is limited, especially on weekends, so it is best to take public transportation.

Hotels in Japan Center

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From US$106

1 Nob Hill Motor Inn

2 stars
3.7 / 5 3 reviews

1630 Pacific Ave. Map

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From US$95

2 Nob Hill Hotel

3 stars
4.1 / 5 11 reviews

835 Hyde Street Map

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Charming and fun, in good location
I liked this place a lot. HIstoric charm done up with artful style - paintings, antiques, art deco lamps, and curios decorate the lobby and rooms . The staff were great. There is complimentary wine...
2 Jan 2015
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3 Casa Loma Hotel

3 stars
3.4 / 5

610 Fillmore St Map

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4 The Opal San Francisco

3 stars
3.6 / 5 31 reviews

1050 Van Ness Avenue Map

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Friendly hotel
The hotel staff were helpful and friendly. San Francisco hotel prices are astronomical so the Opal is a good option on a budget. The free breakfast and welcome wine and cheese were nice touches....
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5 Rodeway Inn Civic Center

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1.0 / 5 2 reviews

860 Eddy St. Map

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unhelpful front desk staff
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6 Kimpton Buchanan

4 stars
4.7 / 5 3 reviews

1800 Sutter Street Map

Whether in San Francisco for a corporate trip or recreational holiday, Kimpton Buchanan makes for a convenient base for travellers in this part of California. This Japanese-inspired hotel places... More

Just What We wanted
We stayed at the Kimpton Buchanan for 5 nights and enjoyed our stay. The room was spacious, bed comfortable and power points galore for charging phones etc. The room was also quiet, but there were...
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7 Hotel Kabuki, a Joie de Vivre Hotel

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4.3 / 5 9 reviews

1625 Post Street Map

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Experience little Japan in San Francisco
Various Japanese touches in spacious room. Excellent view and very helpful staff. Japanese locality with lots of dining options, good value Japanese products in small markets etc
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8 Da Vinci Villa

3 stars
3.8 / 5 8 reviews

2550 Van Ness Ave Map

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9 Courtyard San Francisco Union Square

3 stars
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761 Post Street Map

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The new Courtyard San Francisco Union Square welcomes travelers to California in style. Situated in a meticulously renovated early twentieth century building, our hotel pays homage to the city's... More

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10 Hotel Adagio, Autograph Collection

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550 Geary Street Map

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The best and cleanest lil hotel in the West
Clean , new hotel in a very convenient location. Great value. It would be my first choice on a return trip
8 Sep 2014
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