You don’t need a passport to enjoy some of the most exciting cultural and culinary highlights of Japan. Located in the heart of San Francisco’s historic Japantown, Kimpton Buchanan Hotel makes it easy to explore the oldest Japanese immigrant community in the country. Step outside our doors and get ready for a bento-box full of delightful encounters, including ramen shops and sushi bars, pagodas and storefronts selling everything from J-Pop and manga to origami supplies and Tokyo fashion magazines. Here’s your Japantown shortlist of places you won’t want to miss.
- Peace Pagoda: Japantown’s signature site, this five-story pagoda was designed by famed architect Yoshiro Taniguchi.
- Kinokuniya Bookstore: Located in the Kinokuniya Mall, this Japan-fan wonderland is filled with books and magazines covering everything from the latest graphic novels to tomes on samurai culture.
- Pika Pika: Smile and make some memories and silly faces at this pukikura (Japanese photo sticker booth).
- Paper Tree: Has you covered on the folding front with exquisite origami paper and related supplies.
- Daiso and Ichiban Kan: Japanese emporiums overflowing with imported goods at affordable prices.
- Kabuki Springs & Spa: Authentic Japanese bathhouse that's an oasis of hot pools, cold plunges and soothing massage.
- Sundance Kabuki Theater: Haven for indie films screened with a side of cocktails, beer and wine available on the second level.
Don't just take our advice, see what a Japantown local has to say in this recent article from San Francisco Travel.