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What it is:
An area of six city blocks, Japantown is anchored by the three-building Japan Center. A sort of cultural mall, Japan Center houses some great restaurants and shops, and is a magnet for community and cultural services. The area is marked by 100-foot-tall Peace Pagoda and the Peace Plaza; local artist Ruth Asawa’s public works fountain is located inside the Buchanan building.

Japantown is part of the Western Addition, and is bordered by Geary, Bush, Octavia and Fillmore Streets.

What to Do:
A great place to soak up Japanese Culture, Japantown’s restaurants and shops are well worth a visit. Check out the top six things to do in Japantown.

When to Go:
Japantown’s popular cinema and spa draw crowds on the weekends; the area is fairly quiet during the week.

Getting There:
Catch the #2, #3, #4, or #38 bus.
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