Little Tokyo

A vital Los Angeles cultural community with more than 130 years of profound history.

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About Little Tokyo

In downtown Los Angeles, behind the bustling crowds and rows of restaurants, shops, museums, and religious spaces is thriving community, home to artists, cultural bearers, arts organizations and cultural activities for Japanese, Japanese-American, Asian Pacific Americans and the larger African-American and Latino communities of Southern California.

Little Tokyo spans traditional and contemporary artistic cultural spaces, with everything from anime shops to Little Tokyo’s First Street North, home to the nation’s longest-running Asian-American open mic and poetry venue, and featured on the National Registry of Historic Places and as a National Historic Landmark. The expanse of the 150-acre district includes the Japanese American National Museum, the David Henry Hwang Theater, the Hompa Hongwanji Buddhist Temple and the Geffen Contemporary at the Museum of Contemporary Art.

 

District Region: Los Angeles

California’s largest metropolis has bright lights and big city allure. But when travelers bypass much of the city by staying on a network of freeways that crisscross the region, they’re missing L.A.’s hidden gems. Side streets reveal inviting neighborhoods, incredible museums, and shopping hot spots.