Little Tokyo Business Association
Little Tokyo Business Improvement District
Little Tokyo's Key Role in L.A.'s History
Behind the bustling crowds and neatly arranged rows of restaurants, shops, offices, and residences is a colorful history that has shaped Little Tokyo since the late 1800s. For 132 years, this hearty community has survived everything from world wars to a roller coaster economy to emerge as one of Southern California's most popular cultural communities. Learn how it all began.
Amid the intense activity of Downtown Los Angeles' current development boom, the 135-year old community of Little Tokyo has retained its enduring authenticity and emerged as one of L.A.'s coolest places to dine, shop, find entertainment, and live.
Charming, walkable and friendly, Little Tokyo is setting a new, more relaxing pace and invites everyone to experience its charm sometime soon. Visitors will find dozens of delectable food options, great bars, live performances, world-class museums, and shopping that is not only eclectic but also affordable.
It is no wonder that new residents are moving into the area every day, and visitors in increasing numbers are discovering Little Tokyo's many hidden gems.
In the 1960s, buses on electric rails carried folks to and from Little Tokyo. This one is heading west on 1st St. and Central Ave.
Questions about this website? Contact Little Tokyo Business Association, 250 E. First Street #201, Los Angeles, CA 90012 - 213-880-6875.
WINDOWS OF LITTLE TOKYO
Oct. 26, 2019-April 25, 2020
Opening reception - Oct. 26, 12 noon - 2 p.m.
Enjoy an outdoor exhibition of 10 new site-specific artworks on windows across our historic neighborhood.
TUESDAY NIGHT CAFE
1st and 3rd Tuesdays of the month
7:30 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Courtyard of East West Players
120 Judge John Aiso St.
Enjoy one of the longest running public art performance series in Los Angeles.
Weekly ZAZEN MEDITATION
Ongoing - Saturdays 6:30 a.m. ~ Sundays 8 a.m. ~ Mondays 6:30 p.m.
Zenshuji Soto Temple
123 S. Hewitt St.
Everyone is welcome. By donation.
LITTLE TOKYO WALKING TOUR
Last Saturday of the Month
Next tour: Oct. 26
Starting point: Japanese American National Museum, 100 N. Central Ave.
Learn about Little Tokyo's fascinating history and discover what's new about this culturally rich and emerging community. Guided by knowledgeable docents, this walking tour is conducted the last Saturday of every month, weather permitting. $15 fee includes admission to the Japanese American National Museum. Reserve a space.
SCHEDULE A GROUP TOUR
Learn about Little Tokyo's history, art, and activism. Contact Scott Oshima at (213) 628-2725 ext. 107 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to make a reservation.
JITENSHA BIKE TOUR OF LITTLE TOKYO
Starting at 9 a.m. at Metro Bike Share station
100 N. Central Ave.
Ride from Little Tokyo to Boyle Heights. Presented in partnership with API Forward Movement and organizer Chris Weir. Schedule.
HIRO'S BOKASHI CLUB
Saturday, Nov. 2
1 - 3 p.m.
244 S. San Pedro St.
Learn how to compost food waste organically in a small space by taking part in this fun get-together. This workshop is free and open to the public.
LIBRARY PROGRAMS FOR ALL AGES
Little Tokyo Branch Library
203 S. Los Angeles St.
Mondays & Wednesdays 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Tuesdays & Thursdays 12 noon - 8 p.m.
Fridays & Saturdays 9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
The Library is brimming with activity throughout the year, including teen game nights, anime club, anime drawing, Nisei story-writing, origami, English conversation classes for citizenship, computer classes, preschool storytime, toddler and infant storytime, Japanese storytime, and more. Click here for a complete schedule.
Haunted Little Tokyo Returns this Saturday, Oct. 26!
Haunted Little Tokyo returns for the third consecutive year with a variety of activities during the month of October.
A highlight will be the block party set for Saturday, Oct. 26. Join the fun after dark when 2nd St. between San Pedro St. and Central Ave. will be devoted to one of Downtown L.A.'s biggest Halloween parties.
Trick-or-treat in Japanese Village Plaza, attend screenings of classic Japanese films, visit a pumpkin patch, and try Halloween-themed beverages in the days leading up to Halloween. Click here for a complete schedule.
Sponsoring organizations and businesses (partial list):
Little Tokyo Community Council
Wolf & Crane
Japanese American Cultural & Community Center
Little Tokyo Business Association.
For information about events, Metro transit, parking, and walking tours, click here. Go Little Tokyo is a Little Tokyo Community Council (LTCC) project developed and produced by Community Arts Resources (CARS) and made possible with support from Metro.
Thank You, L.A. Eater, for Featuring Little Tokyo
Seven Little Tokyo restaurants are featured by L.A. Eater,
a national online food news and dining guide. Among the
eateries featured are Aloha Cafe, Cafe Demitasse,
Daikokuya, Fugetsu-do, Honda Izakaya, Jist Cafe, and
Marugame Monzo. Check out the full article here.
Moco loco from Aloha Cafe.
Housemade gyoza at Daikokuya
Mixed wagashi at Fugetsu-do