Little Tokyo Business Association
Little Tokyo Business Improvement District
A World of Simple Pleasures
Amid the intense activity of Downtown Los Angeles' current development boom, the 132-year old community of Little Tokyo has 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.
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 131 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.
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.
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Ongoing - Daily Monday thru Friday, 6:20-7 a.m.
Zenshuji Soto Temple
123 S. Hewitt St.
Ongoing - Tours of MOCA (Grand Ave.) and MOCA at the Geffen Contemporary (Little Tokyo)
Thursday evenings 6 & 7 p.m.
Saturdays and Sundays 12 noon & 2 p.m.
Educators offer conversational walk-throughs of current exhibitions at either of the Downtown Los Angeles museums. Tours begin int he lobby and last about 45 minutes. No reservations are required for individuals, but groups should call (213) 621-1745 or email
Eat, Shop, Play Local is Metro’s campaign that promotes the unique and culturally-rich businesses located adjacent to the construction route of the new Regional Connector Transit Project.
Don’t wait for the new rail line to open! You can participate and support Little Tokyo and Downtown Los Angeles businesses and be entered to win cash prizes today. Learn how.
- Lunch Meet-Ups*
- Special Events
- Quarterly Drawings
YAGURA TOWER AT JAPANESE VILLAGE PLAZA.
-- Photo by Rudy Serrano
See What's New at MOCA's Geffen Contemporary
There is still time to check out "Don't Look Back: The 1990s at MOCA," a selection of works from MOCA's permanent collection now on exhibit through July 11.
NISEI WEEK GRAND PARADE TODAY!
Starting at 4:00 p.m. on the streets of Little Tokyo. Click here for more details..