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Clustered around the iconic five-tiered Peace Pagoda, these six square blocks offer as authentic a taste of Japan as you’ll find on this side of the Pacific.

History: The country’s largest and oldest Japanese urban enclave (Nihonmachi), Japantown dates back to the earthquake of 1906, when Japanese immigrants took refuge in the Western Addition after the downtown area was destroyed by fire.

Don’t Miss: A trip to Kabuki Springs & Spa will give you the full onsen experience. For a different way to unwind, grab a movie and a cocktail at Sundance Kabuki cinemas. To find authentic soba or udon for under $10, locals make their way to Mifune, while nearby Kiss Seafood is the place for sushi. Either way, don’t forget to drop by Benkyodo Company for a mochi dessert.