San Francisco's new Japantown

San Francisco's hottest movie theater, coolest hotel, and most cutting-edge culture are all waiting to be discovered

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  • The Japantown Peace Pagoda symbolizes eternal peace between Japan and the United States.

    Japantown Peace Pagoda

    photo by Jen Siska

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SHOP

Katsura Garden Learn everything about bonsai at this tiny, tidy florist. INFO: In Japan Center's Kinokuniya Bldg., first floor; 415/931-6209.

Kinokuniya Stationery Adorably packaged mini everything: notepads, stickers, erasers, and more. INFO: In Japan Center's Kinokuniya Bldg., second floor; 415/567-8901.

WHERE TO STAY

Best Western Hotel Tomo The flamboyantly decorated rooms at the newly reinvented hotel look straight out of an anime magazine. Downstairs, Mums ( $$) is a locals' hangout. INFO: From $139; 888/822-8666.

Hotel Kabuki Deep soaking tubs, a tea ceremony, and evening sake at Japantown's most elegant hotel. INFO: From $159; 800/533-4567.

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