Japan Center

Mall in Japantown, Fillmore & Pacific Heights

Image by EQRoy Shuttersock

Entering this oddly charming mall is like walking onto a 1960s Japanese movie set – the fake-rock waterfall, indoor wooden pedestrian bridges, rock gardens and curtained wooden restaurant entryways have hardly aged since 1968. The mall covers three square blocks, but you'll also find Japantown shops outside, along Buchanan and Post Sts.