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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$169

1 The Opal San Francisco

3 stars
3.7 / 5 29 reviews

1050 Van Ness Avenue Map

Offering tasteful accommodations in a central location, The Opal San Francisco Hotel makes for an ideal starting point for exploring picturesque and vibrant San Francisco, California. This hotel... More

Very friendly service
The staff is very service minded, the hotel is a bit used, but clean and nice. The breakfast ok good service but you should get up early to be sure to get a table. The hotel is located in a area...
27 Jul 2015
From US$219

2 The Laurel Inn - A Joie de Vivre Hotel

3 stars
5.0 / 5 1 reviews

444 Presidio Ave. Map

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3 Hotel Kabuki, a Joie de Vivre Hotel

3 stars
4.3 / 5 9 reviews

1625 Post Street Map

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Welcoming travellers to cosy accommodations and Japanese-inspired interior, Hotel Kabuki, a Joie de Vivre Hotel makes for an ideal starting point in discovering San Francisco tourist spots. This... More

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
23 Feb 2014
From US$231

4 Hotel Adagio, Autograph Collection

4 stars
4.7 / 5 18 reviews

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
From US$115

5 Nob Hill Hotel

3 stars
4.1 / 5 11 reviews

835 Hyde Street Map

Enjoy the warmth, hospitality and charm of the Nob Hill Hotel San Francisco, a historic place to stay and experience all it offers to make you feel at home while away from home. GeneralThe... More

Charming and fun, in good location
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6 Da Vinci Villa

3 stars
3.8 / 5 8 reviews

2550 Van Ness Ave Map

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Great Location - Paper Thin Walls
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21 Jul 2015
From US$186

7 Hotel Vertigo

3 stars
3.8 / 5 4 reviews

940 Sutter Street Map

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8 Hotel Carlton, a Joie de Vivre Hotel

3 stars
4.7 / 5 13 reviews

1075 Sutter Street Map

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Great hotel in super location
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29 Jun 2014
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9 Queen Anne Hotel

3 stars
4.5 / 5 2 reviews

1590 Sutter St Map

Offering spacious accommodation and efficient service in a tranquil surrounding, the Queen Anne Hotel is an ideal place for a relaxing stay in San Francisco. GeneralThe hotel offers wonderful... More

From US$272

10 Hotel Del Sol

3 stars
3.7 / 5 3 reviews

3100 Webster Street Map

Welcoming holidaymakers to cosy accommodations with vibrant interiors, Hotel Del Sol makes for a suitable base for discerning travellers of San Francisco. This California hotel is near Fisherman's... More

Not great location and very expensive
This hotel is not in the centre and is very expensive for what you get. The lift in the hotel is not clean and the rooms are of an ok standard.
23 Oct 2014
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