Cottage Row

Japantown, Fillmore & Pacific Heights

Detour to days of yore, when this neighborhood was a sleepy seaside village – before lumber barons arrived with bombastic Victorian fanfare. Serene clapboard cottages that once housed Japanese fisherfolk line a brick-paved pedestrian promenade, where plum trees and bonsai take center stage. Homes are private, but the central Zen mini-park is perfect for sushi picnics. Cottage Row is off Sutter St, between Webster and Fillmore Sts.

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Nearby Japantown, Fillmore & Pacific Heights attractions

1. Ruth Asawa Fountains

0.14 MILES

During drought years you'll have to imagine how they look with water flowing, but even without they're a sight to behold. Celebrated sculptor and former…

2. Japan Center

0.16 MILES

Time-travel to 1968 as you cross Japan Center's indoor wooden bridges, with noren (curtains) and maneki-neko (cat figurines) waving welcomes from…

3. Peace Pagoda

0.17 MILES

The spiritual center of Japantown's commercial district is minimalist master Yoshiro Taniguchi's Peace Pagoda. It was donated by San Francisco's sister…

4. Konko Church

0.21 MILES

Inside this low-roofed, high-modernist church a blond-wood sanctuary welcomes all faiths. Kindly Reverend Joanne Tolosa will answer questions about…

5. Fillmore Center Waterfall & Plaza

0.33 MILES

This patch of green flanked by apartment towers is open to the public and a welcome break from Fillmore sidewalks. Walk past the fountain at O'Farrell…

6. Haas-Lilienthal House

0.62 MILES

If these red-velvet parlor walls could talk this 1886 Queen Anne–style Victorian could tell you about earthquakes, booms, busts and untimely deaths. This…

7. Alamo Square Park

0.74 MILES

Hippie communes and Victorian bordellos, jazz greats and opera stars, earthquakes and Church of Satan services: these genteel 'Painted Lady' Victorian…

8. Church of St Mary the Virgin

0.75 MILES

You'd expect to see this rustic Arts and Crafts–style building on the slopes of Tahoe, not Pacific Heights, but this Episcopal church is full of surprises…