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Address: 131 S Central Ave, Los Angeles, 90012

GPS the address above and park in the garage directly next to it; cost is $2 per 15 minutes and max $10 all day.

Little Tokyo can be a bit overwhelming for first-timers, so here’s a guide/list of our Top 15 recommendations:

  1. James Irvine Japanese Garden – a beautiful, meditative garden tucked away in the south-east corner of the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center.
  2. Marukai Market – phenomenal Japanese grocery store with incredible “Grab & Go” sushi selection (on ground floor of Weller Court).
  3. Pop Killer – super stylish T-shirt shop collab’ing with local artists & designers.
  4. Space City Vintage – one of the best vintage clothing stores in all of LA.
  5. Mitsuru Cafe – world famous, delicious bean cake pastry (Imagawayaki). Family-owned since the 1960’s.
  6. Dōnatsu – exceptional vegan donuts.
  7. Boteaga – Instagram worthy, colorful, delicious Boba beverages.
  8. Pasta e Pasta – outstanding Japanese/Italian fusion food.
  9. Men Oh – arguably the best Ramen in Little Tokyo.
  10. Sushi Gen –  an LA institution. 40 years in business.
  11. Mikawaya Mochi – 100-year-old family business.
  12. Yamazaki Bakery – the steamed buns are out of this world.
  13. Rakkan – 100% plant-based Ramen broth.
  14. Japanese American Museum – highly recommended. Rich in Japanese culture.
  15. Go For Broke Memorial – tribute to the Japanese American soldiers of World War II.

Scroll down to watch a video on Little Tokyo, from KCET’s iconic TV show “Visiting with Huell Howser” – and tap here for more info on Little Tokyo’s 135-year-old history, dating back to 1905.

These photos were taken July 2020. Click to enlarge.


  1. Kiana
    • Admin

      Thanks for your feedback and input! We appreciate it! All great recommendations. Was certainly not easy to narrow down top 15. There are so many excellent businesses in Little Tokyo! That’s for sure!


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