Little Tokyo, Los Angeles

Little Tokyo Los Angeles

Little Tokyo, Los Angeles is technically located in the downtown area of Los Angeles.(Read post on downtown Los Angeles here).

That being said, this part of L.A. is so unique that is deserves it’s own separate post. Little Tokyo or Japan town as some people like to call it, is one of the three Japanese enclaves in the United States of America.

Little Tokyo is a foodie’s paradise as there are numerous restaurants in this area serving some of the best Sushi, Udon, Ramen and Noodles. Little Tokyo encompasses 1st, 2nd, and some parts of 3rd street downtown Los Angeles. Intersecting these streets, you have S San Pedro Street, S Alameda Street and Onikuza street.

Getting To Little Tokyo, Los Angeles

Taking the Gold line will get you directly to Little Tokyo
Taking the Gold line get you directly to Little Tokyo

As we advised earlier, the best way to get around Los Angeles is by car but if you are visiting the city and getting around by public transportation, your best best would be to use the Metro Gold Line. There is a stop on the gold line that takes you directly into Little Tokyo.

Things To Do in Little Tokyo, Los Angeles

1. Visit The Japanese American National Museum

The Japanese National Museum in Little Tokyo

The Japanese American National Museum in Little Tokyo is a great way to immerse oneself in the Japanese American community in Los Angeles.

Visitors get free general admission every Thursday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. and all day every third Thursday of the month. General Admission for paying adults is $9.00 while paying students pay $4.00 for admission.

2. Go Singing At The Oiwake Karaoke Restaurant

oiwake Japanese Restaurant in Little Tokyo

Located at 122 Japanese village plaza mall, in Little Tokyo, Oiwake is great for those of you who love Karaoke. The restaurant has 150 seats and a menu is also available to fit any budget. Weekend reservations are recommended.

3. Get Spiritual At The Higashi Honganji Buddhist Temple

hongwanji-temple in Little Tokyo Los Angeles
Higashi Honganji Buddhist Temple. Photo Courtesy: U.S. Japanese Gardens

The Higashi Honganji Buddhist Temple in Little Tokyo offers an environment that cultivates spirituality and individual exploration based on the Buddhadharma.

If you want to embrace some spirituality while you are in Los Angeles, stopping by this temple is a good idea. They are located on 505 East 3rd Street, Los Angeles, CA

4. Listen to live music at Blue Whale Jazz Bar

Blue Wave Jazz Bar in Little Tokyo Los Angeles
Musicians playing live music at Blue Wave. Photo Courtesy:

The Blue Whale jazz bar holds a whole host of different jazz artist on different nights of the week. Located at Weller Court on 123 Astronaut E S Onizuka St #301, Los Angeles, CA 90012. If you love Jazz music or live music then you will enjoy your visit to The Blue Whale Jazz bar.

5. Eat At Far Bar

Far Bar Little Tokyo, Los Angeles
Photo Courtesy: bunboyeatsla

Far Bar offers a wide assortment of Asian Fusion, Bar Food, Sushi and Cocktails. To get discounted drinks, it is best to go during their happy hour which lasts from 3pm to 7pm from Tuesdays till Fridays and 3pm till close on Sundays and Mondays.

6. Go Shopping At The Japanese Village Plaza

Japanese Mall Plaza in Little Tokyo Los Angeles
Japanese Mall Plaza in Little Tokyo Los Angeles

The Japanese Village Plaza has a ton of Japanese oriented shops, restaurants, and entertainment venues that one can visit. There is a signature watch tower that is sort of a landmark to identify the plaza. It is located at 335 East 2nd Street, Los Angeles, CA.

7. Go Shopping At Pop Shop

Shoppers at Q Pop Shop in little Tokyo.  los angeles
Shoppers at Q Pop Shop in little tokyo. Photo Courtesy:QPopShop

If you love Japanese street fashion, vinyl toys and art exhibits then this colorful retail store will serve all your needs. It is located on 128 Astronaut E S Onizuka St, Los Angeles, CA 90012.

Thanks for reading, in our next post, we will be heading over to China Town, so stay tuned to the press.

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