Japantown

Japantown Travel Guide

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San Francisco’s Japantown, America’s largest, is in the midst of a makeover, complete with direct-from-Tokyo bookstores and toy shops, and soon, a three-story Japanese pop culture center. Our pick for an overnight: the new Hotel Tomo, where lobby ...

Hotels in Japantown

Named after the Japanese word for “friend,” Hotel Tomo is a colorful, anime-themed boutique property located in Japantown. Inside, the light wood lobby contains a plush blue island, a pop art—inspired ceiling mural, and vending machines that dispense Giant Robot T-shirts and stuffed animals.

Restaurants in Japantown

The second location of this popular South Indian spot is great for a date night—especially when paired with a show at the Sundance Kabuki Cinema right across the street.

Things to do in Japantown

Part of a group of Robert Redford-owned cinemas, the Kabuki location offers excellent independent and international fare. Booze is available from one of the cinema’s two bars at over 21 shows, and reserved seating saves you from having to elbow for space.