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Los Angeles Little Tokyo
Los Angeles Little Tokyo

Los Angeles Little Tokyo Tours and Activities

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One of only three historic Japantowns in the United States, Downtown L.A.'s Little Tokyo is a compact commercial district centered around the Village Plaza, a warren of food stalls, restaurants, and shops jam-packed with Japanese products. Home of the first California Roll (created at the now-closed Tokyo Kaikan sushi restaurant) and the oldest food purveyor in Los Angeles (mochi bakery Fugetsu-do), the Village Plaza sits across from the 85,000 square-foot, Smithsonian-affiliated Japanese American National Museum, dedicated to the 130-plus year history of Japanese people in California and beyond.

Though Little Tokyo had been a thriving residential and commercial center for L.A.'s large Japanese community since the early 20th century, the U.S. policy of relocating Japanese-American immigrants to internment camps during World War II all but emptied this neighborhood in the early 1940s. When the war ended, some original residents returned, but many moved out to the nearby San Gabriel Valley. The district remained culturally important to the local Japanese community, however, and when Japanese-owned businesses and banks began investing in the area in the 1970s and '80s, it experienced a financial resurgence that has continued to protect it from most non-cultural re-development.

Today, area attractions include a monument to Japanese-American astronaut Ellison S. Onizuka, who died aboard the Space Shuttle Challenger in 1986; a small Japanese garden on the rooftop of the Kyoto Grand Hotel; the Go For Broke Monument, which honors Japanese-Americans who served in the U.S. Military during World War II; the Geffen Contemporary, a special-exhibition space affiliated with the nearby Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA); and several early 20th-century Buddhist temples.

Little Tokyo offers street and public-lot parking, lies within walking distance of The Walt Disney Concert Hall and MOCA, and is easily accessed by subway stations at Union Station (the Red Line) and Little Tokyo itself (the Gold Line).

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Los Angeles Hop-On Hop-Off Double-Decker Bus Tour

Los Angeles Hop-On Hop-Off Double-Decker Bus Tour

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Discover Los Angeles on your own terms thanks to this convenient hop-on, hop-off bus excursion covering the city’s top highlights. Enjoy the sun from the open top of your bus, offering 360-degree vistas of the surrounding landmarks. Best of all, your hop-on, hop-off excursion covers more than 50 locations throughout the city, including Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, Hollywood and downtown L.A. You can also choose between a 24-, 48-, and 72-hour ticket options and plenty of convenient departures, thanks to its 365-days-a-year operation schedule.
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Private Downtown Los Angeles Graffiti & Mural Walking Tour in Arts District

Private Downtown Los Angeles Graffiti & Mural Walking Tour in Arts District

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Experience Los Angeles’s thriving Arts District on a private walking tour with a local guide. Explore downtown LA’s exciting street art scene, fashionable boutiques, intriguing galleries, and stylish restaurants and bars. Get an overview of the neighborhood’s fascinating past and learn about the colorful murals that splash across the walls of historic downtown structures. Opt for the optional upgrade and expand the tour to include neighboring Little Tokyo.
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Private Los Angeles Tour: All Must-See Attractions with Hotel Pick-up

Private Los Angeles Tour: All Must-See Attractions with Hotel Pick-up

See the best of Los Angeles on a 3-hour private driving tour through the city. Hit over 30 attractions and locations including the Walt Disney Concert Hall, Grand Central Market, and City Hall. Drive through some of the city’s coolest and most diverse neighborhoods such as Chinatown, Little Tokyo, and El Pueblo and get insider tips from your informative guide.
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Historic Tour in Downtown LA: Olvera Street and Little Tokyo

Historic Tour in Downtown LA: Olvera Street and Little Tokyo

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Discover two historic neighborhoods in Los Angeles with this walking tour of Olvera Street and Little Tokyo. Follow a local guide to see landmarks like Union Station and the El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical monument. Get a taste of Little Tokyo with sweet treats such as mochi and learn about local art, music, shopping, and history as you explore on foot.
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Skyline, & Skyline Twilight Tour

Skyline, & Skyline Twilight Tour

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The Skyline, and Skyline Twilight tour visits the more modern gathering spaces of DTLA. Staples Center and L.A. Live, the home of the Lakers, Figueroa and 7th Street home of the tallest skyscrapers on the west coast, and several shopping destinations, as well as Grand Avenue's museums and performing arts venues are all new additions to the downtown skyline. We stop in Little Tokyo for an off bike break. We offer this tour day and night, with lighted bicycles and reflective safety vests. It is a thrill to cruise L.A. streets at night. Most of this route takes place in designated bike lanes. We design our small group, Downtown Los Angeles bike tours for casual riders. Our formula of flat, easy, 2.5 hour tours is perfect for novice and regular cyclists alike. All tours feature an off bike break for you to explore on your own or grab a snack. Experience Los Angeles like a local on the back of a bike. We are the only tour company that offers evening city tours.
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Malibu Celebrity Homes Tour & 48 Hour Hop on Hop off Los Angeles

Malibu Celebrity Homes Tour & 48 Hour Hop on Hop off Los Angeles

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Double your fun in Los Angeles thanks to this flexible-length trip combining a Malibu stars’ homes tour and a hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus excursion. Explore more than 40 homes owned by Hollywood’s most famous celebrities of the past and present. Then enjoy 48 hours of access to a hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus featuring more than 70 top LA attractions.
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Los Angeles Little Tokyo can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund. See all 6 Los Angeles Little Tokyo tickets and tours on Viator.
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Los Angeles Little Tokyo costs USD 49.00. Guided Los Angeles Little Tokyo tours start around USD 49.00 per person. See all 6 Los Angeles Little Tokyo tickets and tours on Viator.
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