Little Tokyo
About
Experience a slice of Japan at Los Angeles’ Little Tokyo, a Japanese-American cultural district brimming with shops and restaurants. Established in 1855, Little Tokyo is one of only three Japantowns in the United States. Spread over five blocks, the district is crammed with food gems, streetwear vendors, and manga and anime shops. Don’t miss the Japanese American Cultural Community Center, which hosts regular cultural performances and cooking classes. Time your visit around festivals such as Nisei Week (every August), when street dancing and parades fill the area. You can explore Little Tokyo on a walking tour, along with Chinatown. – Tripadvisor
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The area
Neighbourhood: Downtown
Downtown Los Angeles is a busy metropolis of towering buildings, bustling streets, and industrial warehouses. There is a distinct multiplicity of cultures here with a growing influx of business professionals and hipsters. Many call the evolution of Downtown over recent years gentrification. New lofts, bars, hotels and restaurants are popping up regularly. Downtown is home to some of the very best restaurants in the city leading the LA foodie scene, plus it is the location of cultural and sports venues including the Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Staples Center, and the Coliseum at the University of Southern California.
How to get there
  • Little Tokyo/Arts District • 2 min walk
  • Union Station • 8 min walk
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Jason K
Los Angeles, CA4 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020
Little Tokyo has grown in the last few years and has many great places to visit, shop, eat, etc. Can visit the Japanese American National Museum to learn about JA history, eat at modern Japanese cafes, shop at modern or traditional Japanese gift shops, and sightseeing. LA historic area.
Written 30 December 2020
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Madrewith3kids
Minneapolis, MN122 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Family
Went there today, 6/10/22, around 2:00 pm. We had a great time. If you have teenagers who like anime, or if you like trinkets this is the place for you.

We also walked over one block to the Weller Court building area where the Marukai grocery store is and there are some shops there also. You can park in the Weller Court parking ramp.

Unless you are dining at a restaurant there are no public restrooms so keep that in mind.
Written 10 June 2022
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1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
Let's start with I have crohns and this place has no public bathrooms. It's crazy to me to think this is a whole mall with tons of shops and restaurants but have no available bathrooms. I was told to sit down in a restaurant and order food to use an available restaurant.
Written 27 April 2023
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Big D n
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1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
The little Tokyo is a nice place for tourists, but to go there you need to bring or take a diaper with you, they have NO PUBLiC RESTROOM any where in that plaza. Every business with a sign “restroom for customer only” so means you will have to pay for very high price to use restroom there. Never see any where in U. S excepted this location, little Tokyo in downtown Los Angeles. ( a tourist from Dallas).
Written 25 January 2024
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HETAL
81 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022 • Friends
If you can’t go to Japan then this is the best option to experience the food and the architecture and other handicrafts & souvenirs Japan has to offer. You’ll find Japanese grocery store Nijiya Market and Japanese cosmetics store and Shops with anime cosplay stuff. A good variety of diff food options there too. I went on the weekend Sunday when it got crowded.
Written 28 March 2022
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dwalker0320
Solvang, CA166 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2024 • Couples
We got to our hotel and hadn’t eaten and it was about 2:30 in the afternoon. We walked across the street seeing as there was an open Ramen shop on the Fourth of July and went in not expecting much. The service was impeccable and better than at the fancy restaurant we went to for dinner that night. We ordered three very different dishes, Tonkatsu rice, curry shrimp and kimchi miso Ramen and they were all fantastic! They had beer and wine and sake along with many nonalcoholic beverages. There were many hand drawn, 3 x 5 cards on the wall that kept us entertained…. would definitely go back!
Written 5 July 2024
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KhimLee
Hillsborough, CA349 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
Visited with family on Jul 4 long weekend and the place was packed. Came here as the kids wanted a taste of Japanese culture (anime and manga) and of course some Japanese food. Little Tokyo is larger than Japantown in SF, more diverse and has a wider selection of shops and restaurants. The outdoor mall would be nice to browse when it's not 90 degrees and less crowded. When looking for food be sure to check out the 4 square blocks that comprise the area as there are choices everywhere. The underground mall with anime shops is a little hard to find. Overall a great visit.
Written 4 July 2021
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wdl
Sunnyvale, CA540 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
It's a relatively small area in downtown LA, maybe a couple of blocks, with the Japanese Village Plaza being the focal point, with a lot of restaurants and shops. There is also the Japanese American National museum, which was closed, but I think may be of some interest.

Different than Koreatown, Little Tokyo does not look like the place where Japanese people actually live, so it is basically a big mall, but may be good enough to have a good meal, dessert, and stroll for a couple of hours. In fact, this is what our family did, at lunch time, on our last day in LA, before heading home. We had ramen at Daikokuya with a bubble tea at Boteaga, a soft serve ice cream at Honeymee (my son's all time favorite), and spending some time in the Japanese souvenir shops in the Village. Also, they have some stores specialized in mangas, animes, and Japanese action figures (used and new), with items I only find on the Internet.

It was worth the last couple of hours in LA.
Written 14 October 2020
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Dave H
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
I would say this is the worst travel place to visit. It is filthy, nasty. I met several "mean" local folks here, trash every where and homeless hanging round- felt very unsafe. We spent the money at a coffee shop there so we could use their restroom, but they told ua the rest room was out of service. We had to use the library rest room. There were two homeless sleeping inside the library restroom. DON'T GO HERE GUYS!
Written 31 January 2024
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Jessica T
Hastings, UK14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
This was one of my favourite things I experiences in LA. Was very busy but you could understand why. So many incredible shops and restaurants. Really enjoyed the little underground bit with all the anime shops. Spent a lot of money there and it was absolutely worth it. Highly recommend people to go there.
Written 28 September 2022
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