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Kintetsu & Miyako Mall


San Francisco Japantown Treat



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Kintetsu & Miyako Malls
1737 Post Street
(sandwiched between Post and Geary, from Laguna to Fillmore)

an Francisco is world-famous for its Chinatown, but local Asian Americans often prefer the more gracious ambience of Japantown. Its central attraction is the long indoor mall sandwiched between Post and Geary streets. The uphill end begins at the Miyako Hotel and the downhill end comprises the Kinokuniya Bookstore building. A big attraction is the bookstore itself, especially as it is adjoined by a shop selling charming stationery items, a Sanrio shop, a charming little creperie and a sushi restaurant.






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     The mall connects east (in the uphill direction) from the Kinokuniya Building to the Kintetsu Mall, the heart of this lively center. Locals flock to the mall because it houses a half dozen assorted Japanese restaurants together with a variety of bakeries and novelty shops, all sporting the motif of a rustic Japanese village. The bottom level houses Maruwa supermarket. The uphill (east) end opens out to the serene concrete open space called the Peace Plaza which connects up with the less busy Miyako Mall and its own collection of shops and eateries. Those seeking a fancier meal or overnight accomodations can continue into the hushed and elegant Radisson Miyako Hotel.

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     On weekends the combined attractions of Kinokuniya Building/Kintetsu Mall/Miyako Mall draw a multi-racial crowd of locals augmented by tourists from both sides of the Pacific. It's a great place to enjoy a hot Japanese lunch and a cool respite from the rigors of more chaotic tourist hubs like Chinatown and Union Square and Fisherman's Warf. It's one of the most pleasant malls anywhere.

GREAT ASIAN AMERICAN MALLS & SUPERMARKETS

“Locals flock to the mall because it houses a half dozen assorted Japanese restaurants together with a variety of bakeries and shops, all sporting the motif of a rustic Japanese village.”


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