Little Tokyo guide
Photograph: Jakob N. LaymanLittle Tokyo guide

A guide to Little Tokyo

Discover the best Japanese restaurants, shops, museums and landmarks in our guide to Downtown LA's Little Tokyo

Michael Juliano

We don't need to remind you that Little Tokyo in Los Angeles is the ultimate destination for some of the city's best Japanese restaurants and authentic shops. What you may not know about this unique LA neighborhood is that it harmoniously balances the old and the new—its roots trace back to 1886, yet new restaurants and shops seem to sprout weekly. Are you in the mood for a bowl of the best ramen from your favorite late night spot, or are you game for one of the 'hood's hot new fusion restaurants? You can easily have both in Little Tokyo and pack the hours in between visiting the neighborhood's best attractions hidden treasures, like of one LA's best jazz clubs tucked away in a shopping plaza and a peaceful Japanese garden. Find your zen in Little Tokyo with our guide to the best of the neighborhood.

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