The Japantown Peace Pagoda symbolizes eternal peace between Japan and the United States.
photo by Jen Siska
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.