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Little Tokyo

Los Angeles' Little Tokyo offers an authentic glimpse into Japanese culture through food, music, visual, and fine arts.

Dragon Dance in Little Tokyo
Japanese Village sign in Little Tokyo
Outside mall in Little Tokyo


LA’s Little Tokyo neighborhood dates back to 1880, and is a major cultural and civic center for Japanese Americans living in Southern California because it's one of three existing Little Tokyo’s in the United States. This Downtown L.A. neighborhood encompasses roughly five city blocks and offers a variety of cultural attractions and eateries. Visitors can check out the Japanese American Museum, which showcases the history and culture of the Japanese American experience by presenting and sharing a collection of authentic artifacts and exhibitions onsite.

When it’s time to grab a bite to eat, it’s no surprise that Little Tokyo is also a fantastic place to order some tasty Japanese cuisine. Popular dining spots include Sushi Gen, and MEN OH Tokushima Ramen which are both located in Honda Plaza. Those who would like to get a taste of authentic udon can check out Marugame Monzo on 1st Street, where the noodles are made right in front of the diners who are lucky enough to grab the best seats in the house, at the window.

After dinner visitors can enjoy late night libations at Far Bar with its lively main bar area and dozens of craft beers on tap, alongside Asian-influenced cocktails and pub fare. Nearby, Wolf & Crane describes itself as “Little Tokyo’s Neighborhood Bar” and offers a friendly, relaxed atmosphere and standout Japanese whisky options.

How To Get There

  • Take Metrolink to L.A. Union Station
  • Head west toward Alameda to board the Metro Gold Line south toward Atlantic
  • Exit the Little Tokyo/Arts District Station
  • Go south on Alameda St.
  • Turn right (east) onto 1st St. to arrive in Little Tokyo

Employee Recommended

Ahn T.

Ahn T., Railroad Civil Engineer II

Anh is a Civil Engineer with more than fifteen years of experience in the railroad industry. As a native Southern Californian that grew up in Moreno Valley, he was excited to see the Metrolink system expand commuter rail services into his hometown in 2016. He graduated from the California Polytechnic Institute of Pomona (Cal Poly Pomona) with a Bachelor's in Civil Engineering. He has many roles in Metrolink’s Engineering & Construction Department, including managing the Metrolink engineer design standards and criteria, track charts, and several projects at Metrolink during the design phase. In his free time, Anh enjoys spending time with his wife and three boys.

Photo Credits: (2) Hsueh-Hsin Han, (3) Prayitno Photography



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Los Angeles, CA 90012
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Little Tokyo