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, November 6 at 2:00 pm given by Robert ZdenekSign Up
  • Friday, November 12 at 2:00 pm given by Robin SeeleySign Up
  • Friday, November 26 at 2:00 pm given by Mary KingSign Up
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Tour includes stairs and several blocks of uphill walking.

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

Due to the San Francisco Mask mandate, masks are required when going into buildings.  Properties may also require proof of vaccination.



Meet at the Buchanan Mall – Post and Sutter St, in front of Paper Tree.

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