The Best Japanese Festivals & Events On the Web

2024 Fowler Buddhist Church Obon Festival (Food Booths, Bon Odori Dancing..) Saturday
2024 Annual Ekoji Buddhist Annual Summer Obon Festival Event (Bon Odori Dancing, Food, Live Taiko, Vendors, Games, Candlelight Service..) Saturday
2024 - Annual Nihon Matsuri Japan Festival Event (Tea Ceremony, Mochitsuki-Rice Pounding, Karate, Taiko, Cosplay..) Salt Lake City, Utah
2024 San Jose Bon Odori Dance Practice - Buddhist Church Betsuin (Free Fun Event)
2024 San Jose Buddhist Church Betsuin Obon Bazaar-Festival (Live Taiko, Authentic Japanese Food, Entertainment & Bon Odori Dancing) JapanTown (2 Days)
2024 Berkeley Higashi Buddhist Temple Bon Odori Dance (In Conjunction with Berkeley Buddhist Temple) Saturday
2024 Buddhist Church of Parlier Obon Festival (Bon Odori Dancing, Taiko, Teri-Chicken, Somen, Shave Ice..) Saturday
2024 - Annual Florin Buddhist Church Annual Obon Festival (Food, Entertainment & Bon Odori Dancing) Saturday
2024 Children’s Day Celebration at Ashland Japanese Garden (“Kodomo no Hi”-Japanese Holiday Dedicated to Celebrating Children’s Happiness..)
2024 Buddhist Temple of Alameda Annual Vactionland Carnival & Bazaar (Japanese Food, Bingo, Games, Raffle, Games..)
2024 Higashi Hongwanji Obon Festival Event - Bon Odori, Live Music.. (Comin Back for 2024)
2024 Uncover the Hidden Gems of Hakone Garden - A Tour of Discovery (Exciting & Unique Tour: Elements of Japan’s Ancient Civilization)
2024 West Los Angeles Buddhist Temple Annual Summer Obon Festival (Bon Odori, Live Taiko, Japanese Food, Games..) (Different Times) WLA (2 Days)
Explore this Ancient Culture of Japan.
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Little Tokyo Japantown Best Restaurants, Attractions & Shopping in Downtown Los Angeles

2024 Little Tokyo Ultimate Tips and Secrets (Updated: 2024)

Best Little Tokyo Guide to Japanese Restaurants, Shopping, Food, Anime, Markets |

Little Tokyo: Explore the Largest Japantown

Everything You Need to Know About Little Tokyo Los Angeles On One Page

In Los Angeles, Little Tokyo Japantown is the cultural center for Japanese Americans in Southern California and was declared a National Historic Landmark District in 1995. Little Tokyo is magical, you will experience the best of the Japanese Culture in one area.

If you have ever visited Los Angeles for business or fun, you may have noticed how the area has evolved. What gets the attention of everyone that visits Los Angeles California, is the rich culture that Little Tokyo presents. It is hard to miss this beautiful place in a sea of large skyscrapper buildings in Los Angeles. Exploring Little Tokyo Los Angeles(or also called J Town, Mini Tokyo Los Angeles, West Little Tokyo) will not only reveal a modern town but also by the rich culture that lies underneath. You will discover Japanese Cultural landmarks, charming shops, authentic Japanese restaurants, beautiful Japanese gardens, and Japanese Museums you won't find anywhere else.

Where Are the Four Official Japantowns in the United States?

What is a Japantown? It is a community place for Japanese businesses, temples, and markets that brings together a neighborhood of Japanese organizations, people, Japanese language, schools, events, and festivals.

There Are Four Official Japantowns in the United States.

 •  Little Tokyo Japantown, Los Angeles, California (Largest)
 •  San Francisco Japantown, California
 •  San Jose Japantown, California
 •  Sawtelle Japantown, West Los Angeles, California

More Japantowns (Japanese Areas) to Visit in the United States.

 •  Seattle, Washington
 •  Seattle Japantown (Not Designated)
 •  Bainbridge Island, Seattle
 •  New York's Best Japanese Restaurants, Attractions and Shopping
 •  Washington DC's Best Japanese Restaurants, Attractions and Shopping
 •  San Diego's Best Japanese Restaurants, Attractions and Shopping

Little Tokyo is Used to Reference Other Japanese Cities

 •  Little Tokyo in New York (United States)
 •  Little Tokyo in Hawaii (United States)
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What is the Address of Little Tokyo on a Map?

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How Far is Little Tokyo Japantown to Sawtelle Japantown?

These 2 Japantowns (Little Tokyo Japantown & Sawtelle Japantown) located in Los Angeles.  Sawtelle Japantown is only 15 miles from Little Tokyo.

  1) 15 to 20 minutes if no traffic
  2) 30 to 90+ minutes in traffic

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Where Do I Park in Little Tokyo?

Little Tokyo has a lot of parking garages and parking lots. The closer to Little Tokyo the more expensive the price is.

Parking Tip: It's better to pay a little more and park closer if safety is a concern.
Traffic Tip: If you are going to a Little Tokyo, go early to avoid traffic.

How to Find Parking Spots in Little Tokyo Using Google Maps?

1) Use First Street & San Pedro as a starting point to Little Tokyo
2) Every street in Little Tokyo has public parking

 Two Websites That Can Help You Find Parking in Little Tokyo

Little Tokyo Parking Spots    Little Tokyo Parking With $
  Second website doesn't show all parking spots but gives approimate parking costs

Is It Safe to Walk in Little Tokyo?

Little Tokyo is safe to walk around during the daytime and night. A few blocks from Little Tokyo is Skid Row (homeless) and it can be dangerous walking at day or night. Don't walk around by yourself in areas unknown to you especially outside of Little Tokyo.

Some Wallet/Purse Tips (If stolen or lost)
 • Don't cary alot of cash
 • Carry 2 credit cards (Write down Credit Card name/phone)
 • Learn to add your credit cards to your phone
 • Secure your phone with passcode

Some Car Tips
 • Don't leave anything in front & back seats
 • Don't leave any bags showing

How Do I Get to Little Tokyo Using Metrolink Train or Bus Instead of Driving?

Rather than drive downtown and park, take the MetroRail or MetroLink. The MetroRail Gold Line stops in Little Tokyo and connects with the Metro Red Line and MetroLink trains at Union Station. A number of the MetroRail stations have free parking, and the day pass is only $5 per person (less for seniors).

How to Get to Little Tokyo Using Metro (MetrolRail & MetroLink)?

      MetroRail Los Angeles       Metrolink Trains

Are There Other Ethnic Cultures I Can Visit in Los Angeles (Next to Little Tokyo)?

Ethnic Cultures in Los Angeles
Los Angeles is the most diverse city in the United States with many cultures.

1) Chinatown, Los Angeles
Located in Downtown Los Angeles, since 1938, area includes restaurants, shops, and art galleries.

2) Koreatown, Los Angeles (Close to Downtown Los Angeles)
Koreans began immigrating since 1960s and found housing in the Mid-Wilshire area, area includes some of the most exciting Korean food and shops, and home to historic preserved Art deco buildings.

3) Mexican Birthplace & Marketplace. Olvera Street, Los Angeles
Olvera Street is a Mexican Marketplace that showcases "historic old Los Angeles” with a block-long narrow, tree-shaded, brick-lined shops with old structures, painted stalls, street vendors, cafes, restaurants, shops and historical museums to visit. Many of the merchants on Olvera Street are descended from the original 1930s vendors.

4) Filipinotown, Los Angeles
Located in the city of Los Angeles, area includes restaurants, shops, art galleries, churches.

How Many Days Do I Need in Little Tokyo?

You will need a few days in Little Tokyo, if you want to know the history of Little Tokyo and explore the shopping areas and experience the key Japanese food spots.

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What is the History of Little Tokyo, Los Angeles?

Little Tokyo's development has been managed by the Little Tokyo Business Association (LTBA). LTBA is a non-profit organization that has been dedicated to the growth and development of Little Tokyo since 1959. The roots of this organization can be traced back to 1890 - the time when the Japanese were beginning to establish their presence in the US. A few immigrants from Japan formed a group they called "Japanese Association of Los Angeles." This group was responsible for the established of the over 40 businesses that were lined up in a two block of East First Street.

In 1904, a law was passed that restricted immigrants from Asia to America. But this Exclusion Act did not prevent Little Tokyo from thriving. The Town continued to witness more businesses coming up under the Japanese Association, which was the leading Japanese Organization at that time. The organization served as the local arm of the Japanese Consulate that was based in San Francisco until 1915.

As it is with any culture, modernity is always a threat. That is the reason that compelled the second generation English-speaking Japanese, Nisei, to come up with the idea of a festival that would focus on instilling and ensuring Japanese culture in the younger generation. Nisei brought this idea to the Japanese Association in 1934. Today, you will hear of the Nisei week, a result of that same initiative.

How Did the Japanese Entered the United States?

Little Tokyo has over 131 years of history in Los Angeles with over 400 successful businesses operating here. The Meiji Restoration or 1868 was the beginning of the Japanese emigration into the US. In 1882, the Chinese Exclusion Act was passed which triggered the replacement of Chinese laborers with those of the Japanese origin. In 1907, there was the "Gentleman Agreement" between the United States and Japan that close Japanese immigration, opening doors only for business persons. As is that was not enough, and another law-the Immigration Act of 1924 was enacted, further restricting Japanese immigrants.

Many Japanese went back to Japan during World War II in which most were displaced. But that was not the end of the Japanese in the US as there is Little Tokyo as one of the remaining Japanese towns in the country. The town holds all the information there is to know about the Japanese in the US.

Little Tokyo Los Angeles was taken over by the African Americans immigrants who came to the US during the Second World War. Since the Japanese abandoned the town, the empty homes provided convenient shelter. That is when the area became known as "Bronzeville."

The rebuilding of Little Tokyo begun in 1941. At this time, LTBA re-emerged alongside another organization, the Los Angeles Japanese American Association (1947).

The Japanese started returning in Los Angeles after World War II and moved into the area around downtown. And during the 1950s, many Japanese came and took a position near Boyle Heights.

The development of Little Tokyo become more apparent in the 1970s through the 80s when oversees corporations, including many Japanese banks, made their headquarters in America. This resulted in new restaurants, shopping centers and other businesses that are still a significant contribution to what we can see today.

LTBA continues to play an essential part in ensuring Little Tokyo thrives. Only that now there is another player making the thing move even faster-the Little Tokyo Business Improvement District (LTBID) established in 2003.

Little Tokyo and Japanese Immigrants

Little Tokyo Historic District is a historic Japanese commercial district in downtown Los Angeles, California. Japanese immigrants settled the district in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Before World War II, Little Tokyo was the largest Japanese community in the United States. Today, the Little Tokyo Historic District represents the original commercial heart of the community.

Until the 1880s, the majority of immigrants from Asia to the U.S. were Chinese. This changed with the passage of the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882, which barred Chinese laborers from immigrating to the U.S. Because of this, Japanese laborers became increasingly sought after by American businesses and the number of Japanese immigrating to the U.S, particularly to the West Coast, increased rapidly.

The area in Los Angeles became known as Little Tokyo was first settled in 1885, when the first Japanese restaurant named "Kame" opened on East First Street. By the late 1800s, large numbers of Japanese immigrants, nearly all male, were beginning to concentrate in boarding houses in the areas around East First Street. Many had come for short-term stays to work in the local agricultural industry, but as Los Angeles entered a period of growth in the early 1900s, they chose to remain in the U.S. source:
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What Are the Most Important Things To Bring to Little Tokyo?

If you are traveling to Little Tokyo or on vacation in Los Angeles, here are some tips:

 •  Bring your Metro FastTrak Transponder for Car:  Access to Freeway Lanes to bypass major traffic (Los Angeles, San Francisco)
 •  Phone Holder for your car
 •  Phone Charger, extra phone cables
 •  Camera, batteries, video camera
 •  Clothing for Fall weather: Jacket & pants, walking shoes
 •  Clothing for Summer weather: Shorts, t-shirt, umbrella, sunscreen, hat, walking shoes
 •  Cash: some places only accept cash (In San Francisco, they have bridge tolls)
 •  Coins: street parking meters, credit card

When traveling anywhere:
 •  Clean out your wallet or purse of any unnecessary cards
 •  Avoid carrying too much cash-instead use your credit card/phone for transactions
 •  Avoid wearing expensive watches and jewelry while traveling
 •  Make sure to back up your phone to the cloud to prevent data loss
 •  Do not leave bags in your car, avoid leaving valuable items in car trunk

Where Are the 13 Oldest Buildings in Little Tokyo Standing Since 1890s?

Thirteen buildings on First Street were placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1986 as a national landmark, this is significant in Japanese-American history.

Where is the Hidden Secret Japanese Garden in the Sky?

At the Doubletree Hotel, Corner of S Los Angeles Street and 2nd Street.

Kyoto Garden - a half acre nestled on the 3rd floor of the hotel, offers spectacular views of the Los Angeles skyline.

Little Tokyo Marketplace

Little Tokyo Marketplace is a market outside of the Little Tokyo area. It was bought by Koreans specializing in Asian foods.


There are 2 Markets Specializing in Japanese Food in the Little Tokyo Area

  1) Japanese Nijiya Market is located in Japanese Village Plaza Mall.
  2) Tokyo Central (Marukai) Market is located in Weller Court Shopping Center.

Little Tokyo Walking Tour in Los Angeles

Little Tokyo is one big area in downtown Los Angeles, California. To make it easier to understand, we create a personal walking tour for you and divided it into five walking areas of Little Tokyo.

1) Historic First Street (and San Pedro Street), Little Tokyo, Los Angeles

You can start your personal Little Tokyo walking tour along 1st Street. This is where the first Japanese restaurant was established in the late 1800s. It carries a great historic significance for Little Tokyo as it stands as the foundation stone of the city.

On 1st Street you can find the JANM Museum, Go For Broke Monument, Go For Boke Museum & MOCA (Art Museum). Visit the JANM (Japanese American National Museum) to learn the history of the Japanese people in America. All things Japanese Americans are found in this museum. Every Thursday is a free day. Check out their Litle Tokyo walking tour.

Visit the "Go for Broke" Museum and monument. It commemorates the heroism of the Japanese American Soldiers in World War II.

MOCA Geffen: The place is exclusively dedicated to contemporary art with three MOCA museums to enjoy. There have been challenging works of art created since 1940, some of the most intriguing pieces.

Make a stop at family owned Fugetsu-Do Manju for the finest manju since 1903.

If you are hungry visit Daikokuya ramen noodles for one of the best bowls of ramen in Los Angeles.

First Street, Los Angeles See Map of 1st Street

 •  1st Street - 13 of the Oldest Buildings since 1890's (Authentic)
 •  Fugetsu-do - Over 100 Years Old, Since 1903 (Authentic)
 •  Japanese American National Museum - Museum (Authentic)
    •  Chado Tea Room at JANM Museum
 •  Go For Broke Monument (Authentic) - Hard to see this, left of Moca Building next to the parking lot.
 •  Go For Broke National Education Center (Authentic)
 •  Daikokuya - Ramen (Authentic)
 •  Hachioji Craft Ramen (Authentic)
 •  Koyasan Buddhist Temple (Authentic)
 •  MOCA - Geffen Contemporary Art Museum
 •  Miyako Hotel Los Angeles (Authentic)

2) Weller Court, Little Tokyo - Shopping, Restaurants, Market

Weller Court Plaza: You will find restaurants, shopping, and the Japanese market. Nothing carries more weight than what you find in this place regarding culture and heritage.

Next to Weller Court Plaza, DoubleTree Hotel on Los Angeles Street: It is called the Japanese Garden in the sky. Every meal that has a Japanese origin can be found in the Hotel. It is a fantastic place that represents both ancient and modern Japanese culture in the US.

Weller Court Highlights - Market, Shopping, Restaurants
 •  Tokyo Central (Marukai) - Japanese Market, snacks.. (Authentic)
 •  Kinokuniya Bookstore - Japanese books, supplies..

Note: Doubletree Hilton Hotel is walking distance from Weller Court and worth seeing the Japanese Garden.

 •  DoubleTree Hilton Hotel - Rooftop Kyoto Japanese Gardens Overlooking City (Amazing)
 •  Little Tokyo Branch Library, Los Angeles

3) Japanese Village Plaza, Little Tokyo - Shopping, Restaurants, Market

You will find shopping, bakery, coffee, restaurants, and a Japanese market.

Japanese Village Plaza Highlights
 •  Yamazaki Bakery - Drinks, coffee, breads.. (Authentic)
 •  Mikawaya - Mochi ice cream (Authentic)
 •  Mitsuru Cafe - Japanese Restaurant is known for Bean Cakes (Authentic)
 •  Little Tokyo Watchtower (Authentic)
 •  Little Tokyo Mural, S Central Ave
 •  Nijiya Market - Japanese Market (Authentic)
 •  Shabu Shabu House (Authentic)

Little Tokyo Mall, Little Tokyo - Anime
 •  Anime Jungle - Everything Anime

Note: Little Tokyo Mall is right next to Japanese Village Plaza and has Anime Shops hidden inside, you may miss this little mall.

4) Honda Plaza Area, Little Tokyo - Sushi Bar, Restaurants

There is a small strip mall on 2nd Street and South Central Ave.

Have you ever thought of trying authentic sushi? Go to Sushi Gen but expect a line.
 •  Sushi Gen - Sushi (Authentic)

Karayama is next to Starbucks in Office Depot lot across from Honda Plaza.
 •  Karayama - Fried Chicken (Authentic)
 •  Shin Sen Gumi Hakata Ramen (Authentic)

5) JACCC Building (Japanese American Cultural & Community Center)

The JACCC building is a hub for Japanese and Japanese American arts and culture and a community gathering place which includes the Aratani Theatre, James Irvine Japanese Garden, and Noguchi Plaza.

 •  JACCC Building (Authentic)
 •  JACCC Japanese Garden (Authentic)

6) Buddhist Temples in Little Tokyo

Nishi Hongwanji Buddhist Church founded in 1905, the current location since 1969, walk down 1st Street and N Vignes Street.

Higashi Honganji Buddhist temple presents the beautiful architecture of the Japanese people. The temple is located on East 3rd street in the town. Learn about the teaching of Jodo Shinshu.

 •  Nishi Hongwanji Buddhist Temple - LA Betsuin (Authentic)
 •  Higashi Honganji Buddhist Temple (Authentic)
 •  Koyasan Buddhist Temple (Authentic)
 •  Zenshuji Soto Mission (Authentic)

Christian Church in Little Tokyo

 •  Centenary United Methodist Church Founded in June 1896 (Authentic)

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Where Can You Find the Best Japanese Food, Snacks, Candy & Chips in Little Tokyo?

There are two Japanese Markets that have every Japanese chips and candy you would want to try. You will be obsessed once you try them. Look for Tokyo Central (Marukai) Market or Nijiya Market.

Where Are the Japanese Anime Shops in Little Tokyo?

Look for Little Tokyo Mall for the ultimate stores in Anime.

Where Are the Japanese Manga Books in Little Tokyo?

Look for Kinokuniya Book Store in Weller Court or Anime Jungle in Little Tokyo Mall.

Where is the Largest Japanese American Museum in Little Tokyo?

JANM or Japanese American National Museum located on First Street, Los Angeles.

Where Can I Find the Oldest Buildings in Little Tokyo, Los Angeles?

13 of the Oldest Buildings Still Standing Since the 1890s on First Street, Los Angeles.

Where to Find Authentic Japanese Restaurants in Little Tokyo, Los Angeles?

There are many authentic Japanese restaurants that we list. See the lists below.

What Are the Hours of Little Tokyo, Los Angeles?

Little Tokyo is open every day including holidays, also it is more crowded on the weekends.

When is Nisei Week in Little Tokyo?

Nisei Week showcases the Japanese Cultural for two weeks in August.

Click Nisei Week Link: 1) Latest tips to save time 2) Find All Nisei Week Events

Nisei Week Guide: Tips & Events in August
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Top 20 Things To Do & See Around Downtown Los Angeles

Things that are not Japanese Related

  1. Visit the Hollywood Sign
  2. See a show at the Hollywood Bowl
  3. Visit Griffith Observatory
  4. See Hollywood Walk of Fame - Public Sidewalk
  5. Visit the TCL Chinese Theatre and see movie star handprints (Grauman's Chinese Theatre)
  6. Drive down Famous Sunset Blvd.
  7. Visit Universal City Walk & Universal Studios
  8. Have a picnic in Barnsdall Art Park
  9. Hike Runyon Canyon
  10. Visit the Grammy Museum
  11. Tour Warner Bros. Studios
  12. Walk along El Pueblo at Olvera Street, Los Angeles
  13. Visit Chinatown
  14. Explore the Walt Disney Concert Hall
  15. Eat at Grand Central Market
  16. Explore Fashion District in Los Angeles
  17. Vist Los Angeles Arts District in Downtown
  18. Take a train ride out of Union Station, Los Angeles
  19. Catch the Los Angeles Lakers, LA Dodgers, LA Clippers, LA Kings
  20. Visit California Science/iMax Center/Space Shuttle
  21. Eat at the Orginal Pantry Cafe (1924)
  22. Visit Griffith Park: Los Angeles Zoo, Horse Rides, Merry Go Round, Train Park, Hiking..

Top Attractions Outside of Downtown Los Angeles

  1. Disneyland and California Adventure
  2. Visit Santa Monica Pier and ride the Ferris wheel
  3. Visit Santa Monica Place & 3rd Street
  4. Visit The Getty Center
  5. Go for a walk or bike ride along the Venice Beach Boardwalk
  6. Ride a bike along Redondo Beach, Manhattan Beach to Venice Beach
  7. Take a boat ride to Catalina Island
  8. Explore Venice Canals
  9. Visit The Queen Mary
  10. Ride Horses at Sunset Ranch
  11. Catch the Los Angeles Rams
  12. See a Comedy Show at a club
  13. Shop on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills
  14. Visit the Grove in Los Angeles
  15. Eat at Lawry’s The Prime Rib on La Cienega Blvd.
  16. Eat at Pinks Hot Dogs (1939)
  17. Walk on Melrose Blvd (Shops and Dining)
  18. Visit a Theme Park: Knotts Berry Farm, Ragin Waters, Six Flags
  19. Eat at the Redondo Pier, Santa Monica Pier, Manhattan Pier, Hermosa Pier
  20. Catch the Los Angeles Angeles, Ducks
  21. Visit La Brea Tar Pits
  22. Visit Petersen Automotive Museum
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Little Tokyo Authentic Japanese Restaurants, Attractions and Shopping in Downtown Los Angeles

Plus Authentic Japanese Cuisines Outside of Little Tokyo

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2024 Little Tokyo's Best Sushi Restaurants in Los Angeles

Best Sushi Bar and Freshest Sushi in Los Angeles: Tuna, Spicy Tuna, Shrimp, Salmon, Sashimi..

Total: 11

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2024 Little Tokyo's Best Ramen, Udon, Shabu Shabu Restaurants

1) Ramen is a Japanese noodle soup dish popular throughout the world.
2) Udon (うどん or 饂飩) is a thick noodle made from wheat flour.
3) Shabu-shabu is a Japanese hotpot dish of thinly sliced meat, vegetables boiled in water.

Total: 5

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2024 Little Tokyo's Best Authentic Japanese Desserts

Where You Can Get Tasty Desserts

Total: 5

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2024 Little Tokyo Japanese Restaurants (Various Food Dishes)

More Delicious Japanese Food Choices: Izakaya, Tempura, Teriyaki, Sashimi, Vegetables, Miso Soup, Rice..

Total: 6

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2024 Little Tokyo's Best Japanese Attractions

Walk & Explore Little Tokyo's Historic Past

Total: 14

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2024 Little Tokyo's Best Japanese Shopping

Little Tokyo Has Cute Stores!

Total: 9

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2024 Little Tokyo's Best Authentic Japanese Gardens

The Most Beautiful (Hidden) Japanese Gardens in Los Angeles.

Total: 2

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2024 Little Tokyo's Best Hotels & Stays

Closest Places Inside Little Tokyo

Total: 3

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2024 Little Tokyo's Japanese Buddhist Temples

Koyasan Buddhist Temple founded 1912, one of the oldest existing Buddhist temples in the North American region

Total: 5

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2024 Los Angeles Things To Do & See (Not Japanese)

While in Los Angeles Don't Miss These Places

Total: 32

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2024 Little Tokyo's Help and Support

Questions About Little Tokyo?

Total: 5

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Little Tokyo Festivals & Events in Downtown Los Angeles

Includes Other Events Close By

We provide a comprehensive list of all events throughout the year in Little Tokyo. However, if you are specifically interested in exploring the Nisei Week Festival events held in August, you can find them on our dedicated Nisei Week Festival Page which will list all events and tips.

Total: 21

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Little Tokyo Upcoming Festivals in the Next 12 Months

January Celebrates Japanese New Years in Little Tokyo
Celebrate Japanese New Year's Oshogatsu Festival in downtown Little Tokyo, Los Angeles. The Annual Japanese New Year's Oshogatsu Festival held at downtown Weller Court Shopping Center and Japanese Village Plaza. Japanese art and entertainment will be center stage. The Japanese New Years or "Oshogatsu" is one of the most important celebration for the Japanese.

   Japanese New Year's Oshogatsu Festival in Little Tokyo (2 Locations) Live Entertainment, Food Booths, Taiko, Mochi Making..

August is Nisei Week in Little Tokyo
Nisei Week has to be the most popular time in Little Tokyo. This occurs during August for 2 weeks. Here are 3 of the events that happen:

The Nisei Week Grand Parade is one of the highlights during Nisei Week
Plan on waiting along with everyone else, bring snacks and/or dinner to pass time. This event is usually one of the largest and most exciting events of the year. There are a lot of areas you can sit and watch the parade. The most popular areas are going to be the most crowded areas. Keep walking until you find a spot that you can sit and watch.

   Nisei Week Grand Parade on Sunday (4 pm) - Little Tokyo (One of the Largest & Most Exciting Events of the Year) Tips

Tanabata Festival Held at JANM - Japanese American National Museum

   Annual Los Angeles Tanabata Festival, Little Tokyo (Arts & Crafts, Food, Games, Entertainment..) [During Nisei Week] Los Angeles (3 Days)

Nisei Week Ondo (Community Dance Celebration) & Closing Ceremony brings together dancers from temples throughout California. Final dance to close out the Summer Obon Festivals. This will be a beautiful event to particiate in and watch

   Nisei Week Ondo (Community Dance Celebration with Minyo Station) & Closing Ceremony - Little Tokyo, LA (Sunday)

October is Haunted in Little Tokyo
In October look for "Haunted Little Tokyo Block Party” in Little Tokyo. The event location will be revealed later so check the Littletokyo haunted link. The event is free with RSVP prior to the event. Guests must be 21.

  Little Tokyo, Haunted Little Tokyo Block Party

What Other Japantowns Can You Visit and See in the United States?

Apart from Little Tokyo, there are three other official Japantowns in the US. They are San Francisco, San Jose, and Sawtelle. When you finish checking out Little Tokyo, these are two other places you may want to put on your list. Enjoy your visit. We will have the complete guide and tips to help you.
Little Tokyo Japantown San Francisco Japantown San Jose Japantown Sawtelle Japantown, West LA Seattle Japantown Seattle Historic Japantown Seattle Bainbridge Island
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