In 1906, following a devastating earthquake, Japanese immigrants began moving from Chinatown to the neighborhood now known as Japantown (or Nihonmachi). A century later, few Japanese people actually live in the area -- the result of WWII- and Cold War-era internment and, more recently, urban renewal -- but they do still come here to shop. Fun and funky toy stores, Japanese booksellers, traditional and eclectic restaurants (some Korean and Chinese), and some innovative architecture has transformed the area into something that looks like a smaller, less-crowded version of the Ginza district in Tokyo.
|Airports:||San Francisco Int'l Airport (SFO)|
|Peak:||June 21 - Sept. 22|
|Electricity:||110 V, 60 Hz|
|Tipping:||15-20% at restaurants|
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