The East & West Japan Center Malls are located at the heart of
San Francisco’s historic Japantown neighborhood. Originally, this area
was called the “Japanese Cultural and Trade Center” alongside the
Buchanan and Kinokuniya Malls.
San Francisco’s Japantown is one of the only authentic cultural and
shopping destinations left in San Francisco. The East and West Mall are
home to exciting and diverse shops and restaurants. From the abundant
shelves of Daiso to the exports of Okinawa at Akabanaa to cutting edge
anime at Japan Video and Media, a trip to the East and West Mall will
allow you to see, taste and experience things that no other neighborhood
in the Bay Area can provide.
The East and West Malls are centered between the Japantown Peace
Pagoda – a five-tiered concrete stupa in Japantown (Nihonmachi) between
Post and Geary Streets at Buchanan. The Peace Pagoda was designed by
Japanese architect Yoshiro Taniguchi donated to Japantown as a gesture
of goodwill in 1968 by the City of Osaka, San Francisco’s sister city in Japan. It has since become one of Japantown’s main landmarks.
While the East and West Malls are at the center of Japantown, we
encourage you to explore and experience the merchants and cultural
opportunities throughout the neighborhood. More information about the
other merchants and experiences can be found on the website of the Japantown Merchants Association.