Japantown Walking Tour, San Francisco

Japantown in San Francisco is the oldest Japanese community in the continental United States. The first Japanese immigrants came to San Francisco in the 1860s. Located in the heart of San Francisco, this six block area is a colorful, friendly community, that is home to some of the best Japanese cultural, eating and entertainment venues in the United States. Take this tour to explore most visited tourist sights of Japantown.
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Japantown Walking Tour Map

Guide Name: Japantown Walking Tour
Guide Location: USA » San Francisco (See other walking tours in San Francisco)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 9
Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 0.7 km
Author: doris
Konko-Kyo Church of San Francisco

1) Konko-Kyo Church of San Francisco

Konko-Kyo is a relatively new religion that is attracting a lot of adherents these days, especially in the United States. This religion originated in Japan a mere 150 years ago but it has taken firm root in many Japanese communities, both, at home and across the world. The Konko-Kyo faith has its origins in Japanese Shintoism but it is considered by its followers to be an entirely different religion. The Konko-Kyo Church of San Francisco which was founded in 1930 is fast becoming very important...   view more
Christ United Presbyterian Church

2) Christ United Presbyterian Church

The Christ United Presbyterian Church is the oldest church of Japanese Christians in the United States. Established in 1885, it was called the First Presbyterian Church of San Francisco. Dr Ernest Sturge became the Superintendent of the Japanese Missions in 1886 and worked with the church in its evangelistic reforms and setting up of the local Christian community.

The Church then became the Japanese Federation Church of Christ in the year 1916 and relocated to 1500 Post Street in the area...   view more
Sokoji Temple

3) Sokoji Temple

Sokoji Temple located in Japantown, San Francisco was established in 1934, and is a Zen Buddhist temple. The temple's current building was constructed in 1984. Both, the interior and the exterior of the building reflects the Japanese architectural...   view more
Buchanan Mall Gate

4) Buchanan Mall Gate

The Buchanan Mall Gate is one of the most famous cultural landmarks in Japantown. It is located at the Sutter Street entrance. The gate, completed in 1976, was designed to symbolize a Japanese mountain temple gate and to create a “natural garden” atmosphere for the...   view more
Benkyodo Company

5) Benkyodo Company

Benkyodo Company opened in 1906. It is one of the oldest and the last remaining manufacturers of mochi and manju in San Francisco. Besides the bakery counter, there is a lunch counter that serves as a local hangout and a place to meet, offering standard American cuisine, such as sandwiches and hot...   view more
Japanese YWCA Building

6) Japanese YWCA Building

In the year 1912, Soko Bukai, an organization of Japanese Churches and Issei (First Generation Japanese) women in San Francisco set up the Japanese YWCA to meet the social needs of women and young girls in the community. By 1920, the services of the YWCA extended beyond the three churches which were part of the Soko Bukai and the YWCA decided to purchase the building at 1830 Sutter Street. The Japanese YWCA seeked help from the San Francisco YWCA for purchasing the building since the Alien Land...   view more
Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California

7) Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California

Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California was founded in 1973. Its main aim is to meet the evolving needs of the Japanese American community through an extensive offering of programs, affordable services and facility usage. The JCCCNC facility is a two-story, 21,000 square foot building, planned and equipped for multi-service...   view more
Japan Center

8) Japan Center

The Japan Center is located in the heart of San Francisco. It opened in 1968. The Center is comprised of the Kinokuniya Building, Kintetsu Mall, and Miyako Mall, with the stunning Peace Plaza towards the middle. Here you will find a wide range of Japanese restaurants and shops with clothing, pottery, teapots, plates, bowls and chopsticks from Japan, as well as music and other cultural...   view more
Japantown Peace Plaza

9) Japantown Peace Plaza

Japantown Peace Plaza was created in the mid-1960s. It is an outdoor venue for many community celebrations. The Plaza features the Peace Pagoda, a nine-ringed spire symbolic of the "highest virtue", topped with a "golden ball", symbol of eternal peace. Here, visitors will find the California Japantown Landmark, a permanent outdoor historic exhibit that unifies and tells the history of Japanese American communities in each of the three remaining historic Japantowns in the...   view more

Walking Tours in San Francisco, California

Create Your Own Walk in San Francisco

Create Your Own Walk in San Francisco

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City Orientation Walking Tour II

City Orientation Walking Tour II

The unmatched beauty of San Francisco combined with its riches of instantly recognizable structures and locales has attracted filmmakers from around the world for over 100 years. San Francisco has provided and continues to provide the backdrop for some of the most famous movie scenes ever filmed. It is almost impossible to traverse the sights of San Francisco without conjuring an image from a special Hollywood movie. According to some film historians, San Francisco, rather than Hollywood, should have become the capitol of the motion picture world. Motion pictures were actually invented in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.1 km
SoMa Nightlife

SoMa Nightlife

Being one of the most-visited cities in the world, San Francisco features an awesome array of nightclubs and bars for guests to the city can enjoy. A major cultural hub that includes more than its fair share of museums and art galleries, San Francisco bars and nightclubs reflect the creative and vibrant force that pervades the city. Take this Nightlife Tour in San Francisco and experience the best hot spots this cosmopolitan city has to offer when the sun goes down.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.0 km
Fisherman's Wharf Walking Tour

Fisherman's Wharf Walking Tour

Fisherman's Wharf neighborhood is home to world-class entertainment opportunities in San Francisco. The historic tourist attractions make the area a popular place to visit. Fisherman's Wharf is an important center of the city's historic fishing industry. Take this walking tour to explore the most visited sights in Fisherman's Wharf.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.8 km
City Orientation Walking Tour I

City Orientation Walking Tour I

Bursting with popular tourist attractions and diverse neighborhoods, San Francisco is considered to be a "wonder to behold". Full of museums, religious buildings, parks and amazing architecture, this city can keep any tourist busy for his entire trip. Take this walking tour to explore San Francisco's most visited tourist attractions.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.2 km
Souvenir Shopping

Souvenir Shopping

It would be a pity to leave San Francisco without having explored its specialty shops and bringing home something truly original. We've compiled a list of gifts and souvenirs, which are unique to San Francisco, that a visitor might like to purchase to reflect their visit.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.4 km
Gay Walking Tour

Gay Walking Tour

It is well known that San Francisco is the place where gay and lesbian culture flourished. While Castro District houses many of the city's gay-owned businesses and households, LGBT culture is considered a distinct part of San Francisco's identity. Use this list to explore the most visited gay attractions in San Francisco.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.5 km

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