Neighborhood: Japantown/ Fillmore Jazz District


In the late 1800’s, what is now known as San Francisco’s Japantown hosted a vibrant Jewish community, as the sites of three present or former synagogues attest. Japantown per se dates from the earthquake and fire of 1906. During World War II, Japanese American residents were sent to internment camps and replaced largely by African Americans, whose thriving businesses included many jazz clubs.

Beginning in the 1950’s, a decades-long urban renewal project reshaped both the neighborhood’s population and its physical landscape. Today we see classic Victorians next to Japanese-style architecture, as well as the ghosts of historic jazz clubs replaced by modern structures of glass and steel.

Next Tours

  • Saturday, December 3 at 10:00 am given by Eric FriedmanSign Up
  • Saturday, December 10 at 2:00 pm given by Robert ZdenekSign Up
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Tour includes stairs and several blocks of uphill walking.

Tour Length: Approximately 1-1/2 to 2 hours



Meet in front of Paper Tree Origami Store in the Buchanan Mall between Post and Sutter Streets.

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Please note: Private groups tours required for groups of 8 or more.