Japantown, Urban Renewal and the Fillmore District
Neighborhood: Japantown/ Fillmore Jazz District
Our free (donations welcome!), regularly scheduled tours are open to the public
but NOT open to parties of 8 or more.
If you plan to bring 8 or more walkers to a regular tour,
click here for more information on booking private group tours.
San Francisco's Japantown dates from the earthquake and fire of 1906. During World War II, Japanese American residents were imprisoned and replaced largely by African Americans, whose thriving businesses included many jazz clubs. Beginning in the 1950s, a decades-long urban renewal project reshaped both the neighborhood's population and its physical landscape. Today we see Japanese-style architecture next to classic Victorians and the birth of the Fillmore Jazz Preservation District.
Saturday, October 22 at 2:00 pm given by William Watt
Tour includes stairs and several blocks of uphill walking.
This tour is also scheduled on those dates in the calendar below (after the map) where the tour time
is indicated (in red). You can advance to future months by clicking the >> symbol in the calendar
Meet at the intersection of Buchanan and Sutter Streets, near 1747 Buchanan Street, next to the large Japanese gate (rectangular arch) at the entrance to the pedestrian mall. Public transportation: MUNI lines, 2, 22, 38.
This tour is offered all year
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Coordinator(s): Don Langley, Robin Seeley
Guide(s): Abby Goldware, Marian Halley, Don Langley, Robin Seeley, William Watt