Little Tokyo is a great cultural area in Los Angeles located close to Downtown Los Angeles. With it’s close proximity to the city the hotel downtown, a trip to Little Tokyo is a must. Here is your guide to notable Little Tokyo attractions.
The Japanese Village Plaza is a great way to get a taste of Japanese culture. At this outdoor mall, enjoy stringed lanterns and a number of places to shop. Before purchasing some clothes or souvenirs though, be sure to enjoy the variety of eats along the plaza. At Mitsuru Cafe, enjoy imagawayaki, freshly griddled red bean cakes or mitarashi dango, rice flour dumplings. Across the way, stop at Mikawaya for fresh made mochi! Mochi are small, handheld treats that consist of ice cream or gelato wrapped in chewy, rice cake. After these treats, consider heading out to the iconic red tower in little Tokyo, where there are many shopping areas located alongside the tower.
The Japanese American National Museum is dedicated to preserving and sharing the history of Japanese American culture. The museum follows over 130 years of history, starting with the first generation who started the migration to America. The museum also offers viewings of home movies of Japanese American families from the 1920s through the 1950s in order to show what life was like during that time. In addition, you’ll see art, textiles, photographs and oral histories of the Japanese American people. The Japanese American National Museum is located at 100 N. Central Avenue. For more information, visit www.janm.org
Max Karaoke Studio is great option if you are looking to do some karaoke with friends. This location offers private rooms, which is great if you’re not looking to perform in front of an entire of strangers. With extensive song books, you’ll be sure to find the song you want. They also offer snacks but you can bring your own snacks and drinks for only $1 per person. For a great time with friends, Max Karaoke Studio is definitely an option to consider when in Little Tokyo. You’ll find Max Karaoke at 333 S. Alameda St. Ste 216.