Like its specialty sushi rolls, Japantown crams a lot of awesome stuff into a tiny space. The neighborhood’s iconic Peace Pagoda towers over Japan Center, an indoor shopping mall buzzing with activity. As an enclave of culture and entertainment, this neighborhood hosts springtime festivals (the Cherry Blossom Festival is a traditional favorite) and nightly performances (karaoke is performance, right?). Although it's already a must-see neighborhood for the culturally curious, Japantown’s centrality provides an added bonus.See 10 places to stay Save this neighborhood
Cultural Significance Shared with San Francisco
The neighborhood is peaceful with great places to eat and a central hub to get around. Cabs are always available and Japantown has many interesting places to explore."
Visited in 2013
Japanese Pop Shops at the Neighborhood Malls
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Michael Blumenfeld is a commercial photographer based in San Francisco. When not shooting, he loves rooting for the Giants, haunting used-book stores, and following his appetite around the city. He's inspired each day by the energy and diversity of the Bay Area. This project for Airbnb was a great opportunity to tread both the beaten and unbeaten paths of a city he feels privileged to call home.