Overview

Japantown is one of the oldest official enclaves in the country, so it goes without saying that it has a rich history, which blends and responds well to the rapid modernization of the city. Comprised of about only six city blocks, the neighborhood is jam packed with an assortment of historic sights, great food, and entertainment not seen anywhere else. As far as events go, no other neighborhood in the city has as many or as extravagant as what goes on in Japantown.
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Homes

The community of Japantown consists of home designs and prices that accommodate a range of price points.

Where to Live

Unlike most places in the city, Japantown has a more unified form to both its traditionally inspired architecture and culture from one side of the neighborhood to the other. For the most part, the east side of Japantown along Webster Street is lively but subdued, with a few family-owned restaurants scattered throughout. However, the west side of the neighborhood is far more akin to a busy city center than any other place, thanks in part to the small groups of shopping centers, bars, and quaint cafes.

Where to Eat

As you would expect, there is a variety as well as endless options of fresh seafood in Japantown. You'll see plenty of seafood restaurants and Japanese markets throughout the neighborhood. The main section of Post Street is home to a number of sushi restaurants, noodle shops, as well as authentic Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese, and Chinese cuisines.

What You'll See

Japantown, as the name would suggest feels and looks more like a little slice of Japan than most culture themed neighborhoods. You'll see a beautiful fusion of traditional Japanese architecture mixed with the classic San Francisco residential homes. Along with the frequently occurring cultural attractions and festivals, Japantown comes off as one of the most beautiful neighborhoods in the San Francisco.

Friday Night Fun

Unlike the more youth oriented neighborhoods, Japantown isn't really known as a place for partying all night long. However, there are a few places in Japantown that offer some fun options on a Friday night. Head down to Webster and Post Streets where you can find some great Karaoke bars and lounges to test out your vocal chords in front of an audience. Some even have private rooms that you can rent out where you can sing to your hearts content in front of your closest friends and family.

The Perfect Sunday

If you like self-made walking tours then this is the neighborhood for you. Whether you've lived here for years or hot off a plane, walking around Japantown is always a great way to spend a Sunday. In the heart of the neighborhood on Geary Boulevard, between Fillmore and Laguna Streets, you can stroll through the partially underground malls that connect the area, which has a unique and interesting design that draws people from all over. You can also check the small park space or the shops near Post Street for a relaxing, casual Sunday.

Locals Love

Little traffic • Lots of festivals and cultural sights • Traditional Japanese architecture.

Locals Don't Love

Lack of night life.

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