Little Tokyo, Los Angeles, California
350 E. 1st St., Los Angeles, California 90012| Map |
Little Tokyo is a cultural business community, as well as a registered historic district, in Los Angeles. Located right in the middle of the largest Japanese-American population in the United States, Little Tokyo is a like a vacation to Japan. The first business in the district was a restaurant established by Kame in 1884. There are now a multitude of shopping and dining opportunities in the Little Tokyo Business Improvement District. The Blue Whale and the Fat Spoon are just two of the many restaurants available to tickle the taste buds. Fuji Cosmetics, Nobu Jewelry, JK Fashion, and Kyo Gift are among the retailers located in the community along the strip between Los Angeles Street and Central Avenue.There are plenty of places for families with children to visit.
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Tips for Families
Located in Little Tokyo is Los Angeles' ramen row, popular with the locals. Stop by one of the several ramen restaurants here and indulge.
Address: 350 E. 1st St., Los Angeles, California 90012| Map
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Price: Admission is free.
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When we get a craving for tasty sushi, tempura or some other Japanese dish, we go to L.A.’s Little Tokyo, consisting of about five large city blocks. It’s the best place to find authentic and reasonably priced Japanese cuisine. My kids like it there because it’s fun to eat out and look through shops filled with trinkets. We spend about two hours there but first-time visitors may want to allow an extra hour or two to walk around the neighborhood. Your first stop should be at the Little Tokyo Koban, a traditional Japanese-style information center where you can pick up a walking map. Next door is Fugetsu-Do, where we buy Japanese mochi (rice cakes) and manju, (a chewy, pounded rice mound filled with various flavors). Be sure to visit the Japanese American Museum just down the street. The nearby Japanese Village Plaza is the place to go for lunch, snacks and shopping. The Oiwake Restaurant serves a traditional all-you-can-eat Japanese lunch buffet. Try to snag a window table on the second floor for nice views of the plaza shops. Treat your kids to mochi ice cream at Mikawaya, also in the village. The rainbow twist flavor is popular with kids.
Tips for Families
Park in the structure at First and Central streets and get your ticket validated in the Japanese Village Plaza. Little Tokyo is small enough to explore on foot.
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