Japan Center

Japan Center, San Francisco: Hours, Address, Japan Center Reviews: 4/5

Points of Interest & Landmarks • Shopping Malls
11:30 - 20:00
Monday
11:30 - 20:00
Tuesday
11:30 - 20:00
Wednesday
11:30 - 20:00
Thursday
11:30 - 20:00
Friday
11:30 - 20:00
Saturday
11:30 - 20:00
Sunday
12:00 - 16:00
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Explore Japanese culture in the city's famed neighborhood. Japan Center's authentic architecture, shops, and food-plus the presence of the Peace Pagoda-make it one of Japantown's prized landmarks.
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Leah L
Beaverton, OR327 contributions
Must see San Francisco
Mar 2020 • Friends
I used to live in Northern California and went on Scool field trips to the museums, aquarium, art and science centers. What baffles me is we never visited Japan Center. I “discovered” it while looking for a Daiso (sort of like Dollar stores). When we got there and realized it is a wonderland for anyone interested or a fan of Japanese items. There are many restaurants and eateries, shopping and interesting things to look at it. We love it and even stayed in a hotel across the street so we could visit frequently during our five day stay. Highly recommend as a top thing to do in San Francisco.
Written 14 March 2020
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Thomas V
Oakland, California10,569 contributions
Unique Spot
Dec 2019
It's not a shopping mall, it's a cultural and food center, a great place to buy authentic Japanese items and eat authentic food. Plus they have a terrific movie theater.
Written 13 January 2020
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Dinorah415
San Francisco, CA157 contributions
Movies and lunch
Dec 2019 • Family
We went to see the new Star Wars movies with the granddaughters at the Kabuki theatre, then went to lunch. We went to the Sanppo Restaurant and had a tasty lunch. I love J Town any day of the week. It’s a good place for a great meal. Don’t miss Daiso.
Written 12 January 2020
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Kelly K
Winnipeg, Canada779 contributions
Nice place
Sep 2019 • Couples
In need of a renovation this centre is a little bit of Japan in San Francisco. There was some decent food but the shopping isn’t great. Would only go here if you are looking for something specific
Written 30 October 2019
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outandabout
Modesto, CA240 contributions
A Little Piece of Japan
Jul 2019 • Business
Japan center encompasses restaurants and shops similar to being in a market place in Japan. Stores sell chopsticks, origami and small sushi dishes of every color, style and variety. The places you can eat are abundant and totally authentic. It's clean and concise so don't expect it to take all day. Close parking is available. The "Diso" store (similar to a dollar store) has many great items for cheap fair, but plan to be patient.
Written 23 July 2019
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Pedro Luis López Cruz
Aarhus, Denmark51 contributions
A piece of Japan inside San Francisco
Jul 2019 • Couples
Cozy mall full of Japanese stores and restaurants. It has everything Japanese you could imagine: supermarket, restaurants, a little arcade, manga and book store, specialty stores, etc. It really feels like a place where Japanese people shop and spend time, and not a tourist place.
Written 12 July 2019
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sheriffCarter
Vancouver, Canada335 contributions
Great place to visit
May 2019 • Solo
Really liked this place. Lots of good cafe and restaurants, lots of small stores with fun Japanese stuff to buy and see. Recommended!
Written 11 May 2019
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Lynne S
Winters, CA591 contributions
You must visit Daiso!
Mar 2019 • Friends
Building around the center do not evoke Japan, though this temple is impressive. The courtyard has plaques giving the history of Japanese in California. The nightlights of the mall on either side of the courtyard were the Japanese ice cream store with a long queue and the $1.50 store (Daiso). Our Japanese exchange student stocked up on snacks from home!
Written 5 April 2019
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Sara D
329 contributions
Great place to visit-- feels like you flew to Japan
Mar 2019 • Couples
The Japan Center is somewhere that I had driven by many times but never stopped to see. It has a great, authentic Japanese mall with tons of restaurants, shows and a beautiful pagoda.
Written 11 March 2019
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Thomas V
Oakland, California10,569 contributions
Movies!
Feb 2019 • Solo
A shopping center created years ago in the redevelopment area with some mixed success. For me the best part is the excellent movie theater. Indoor parking.
Written 4 February 2019
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Japan Center is open:
  • Sun - Sun 12:00 - 16:00
  • Mon - Sat 11:30 - 20:00


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