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.
Gaman is the Japanese word for "patience." It can also be translated in American parlance as "hang in there" or "stay strong."
Little Tokyo Strong encapsulates our community's commitment to face the challenges before us as we survive the
COVID-19 coronavirus crisis together.
Since its founding in 1884, Little Tokyo has enthusiastically welcomed all to shop, dine, worship, do business, and live here. We have survived for 136 years, through the Great Depression, World War II, the economic downturn of 1990-92, and the financial crisis of 2008. Each time, Little Tokyo has come back, stronger than ever.
While we can't predict the exact day that health restrictions will be lifted and life will return to some type of normalcy, we promise that Little Tokyo will once again be the community you have come to love and enjoy. In the meantime, "Gaman!"
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.
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.
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.
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. For information on 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-LA) and made possible with support from Metro. For a current list of Little Tokyo restaurants that are open for take-out and/or delivery, go to littletokyola.org/lovelt.
Little Tokyo in the News
Los Angeles Times
Four Hours: Let Little Tokyo Surprise You
Writer Julissa James spends four hours in Little Tokyo and discovers gourmet coffee, specialty shops, restaurants, bars, and more, which she features in her article: Let Little Tokyo Surprise You. Read the article here.
Seven Delicious Things to Eat in 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.
Big Seven Travel
7 Unmissable Things To Do in Little Tokyo
From museums to the many Little Tokyo restaurants and bars, it’s one of L.A.’s most historic and popular multicultural neighborhoods. Here’s Big Seven Travel's pick of the top things to do while you’re in this unique part of downtown Los Angeles. More information.
Moco loco from Aloha Cafe.
Housemade gyoza at Daikokuya
Mixed wagashi at Fugetsu-do
T.O.T. is one of at least 65 Little Tokyo restaurants offering a special menu for take-out and delivery.