The largest Japantown outside of Japan, this culture-rich San Francisco neighborhood draws tourists and locals alike. Discover a wide array of shops that sell all types of contemporary as well as traditional Japanese items. As for food options, there are many excellent restaurants serving sushi, seafood, and noodles. The Kabuki Springs & Spa is an ideal place to relax to the max with a massage, facial or seaweed wrap. What's more, there are many special annual events, such as the Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival.
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Kodomo No Hi (Children's Day Festival)
Cherry Blossom Festival
Noodles for Nippon
Day of Remembrance
Visit Japan Festival
Japantown in San Francisco boasts four malls: Kinokuniya, Kintetsu, Miyako, and Buchanan. You’ll discover a multitude of independent shops and chain stores where you can purchase everything from traditional to contemporary items that include clothing, accessories, art, and antiques.
Savor superb sushi at such fine restaurants as Takara and Sushi Aka Tombo. For classic Japanese meals, check out Kui Shin Bo, Kappa, Iroha, and Suzu Noodle House. Fresh seafood dishes can be savored at Kiss Seafood. And there’s even Korean cuisine in Japantown at Playground.
When is the 2013 Cherry Blossom Festival in Japantown?
The 2013 Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival takes place over two weekends, April 13 & 14 and April 20 & 21, and it features many programs and exhibits. The festival culminates with the Grand Parade on Sunday, April 21. It starts at City Hall at 1:00 p.m. and ends about two hours later in Japantown.
What are some things to do in Japantown?
Relax and rejuvenate at the Kabuki Springs & Spa whose soothing treatments include shiatsu massages, facials, mud and seaweed wraps, and salt scrubs. Catch a first-run film at the Sundance Kabuki Cinema, which has eight screens. What’s more, all seats for all movies are reserved.