San Francisco Japantown

  • Issei Garden

    July 24, 2023 by

    First proposed in 2016 to commemorate the 110th anniversary of the ethnic enclave, the Issei Garden was dedicated in 2019 to the Issei pioneers who arrived in the United States […] READ MORE

  • Nichi Bei Times

    July 24, 2023 by

    Established in 1946, the award-winning Nichi Bei Times was Northern California’s oldest Japanese American newspaper when it closed in 2009. Since the paper’s inception, it had been at 1775 Sutter […] READ MORE

  • Japanese Community Youth Council

    July 24, 2023 by

    In May 1970, the Japanese Community Youth Council was officially incorporated as a nonprofit organization. JCYC has become one of San Francisco’s most prominent youth organizations. While still committed to […] READ MORE

  • Kinmon Gakuen

    July 24, 2023 by

    Kinmon Gakuen is one of the oldest structures and cultural organizations in San Francisco’s Japantown. In the late 1800s, a core group of San Francisco Japanese associations gathered to address […] READ MORE

  • Buddhist Church of San Francisco

    July 24, 2023 by

    Founded in 1898, the Buddhist Church of San Francisco is the oldest Jodo Shinshu (Pure Land) Buddhist Church in America. In December 1913, they moved to their current location. The […] READ MORE

  • Konko-Kyo Church of San Francisco

    July 24, 2023 by

    The Konko-Kyo Church of San Francisco was founded by Rev. Yoshiaki Fukuda in 1930. The church initially held service at 2076 Bush St., but within one year, the church leadership […] READ MORE

  • Christ United Presbyterian Church

    July 24, 2023 by

    Christ United Presbyterian Church, the oldest Japanese Christian Church in the United States, was established in 1885 as the First Japanese Presbyterian Church of San Francisco. Upon the community’s return […] READ MORE

  • Sokoji Temple

    July 24, 2023 by

    Founded in 1934, Sokoji Temple is a Zen Buddhist temple. The temple reflects a Japanese architectural style, both in the interior and the exterior. The Zen temple was originally housed […] READ MORE

  • Hokka Nichi Bei Kai

    July 24, 2023 by

    Hokka Nichi Bei Kai, or Japanese American Association of Northern California, was officially formed in the late 1800s as Nichi Bei Kai. It offered programs that enabled Japanese immigrants to […] READ MORE

  • National JACL Headquarters

    July 20, 2023 by

    The site of a former Japanese language school, the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency purchased the property and completely demolished the existing building. Eventually, the property was turned over to the […] READ MORE