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Sushi, Mochi, and More

Get a taste of LA’s stunning cultural diversity right in Downtown LA. Just a mile from The Wayfarer, you’ll find the heart of LA’s Little Tokyo. Experience the melting pot that is LA through this microcosm.

One of only three official Japantowns in the U.S., the neighborhood has been around since the 19th century. Expect plenty of history and exploration on foot. Check out Mikawaya, the 100-year-old bakery and ice cream shop that pioneered mochi ice cream balls. Try original flavors like red bean and guava. Grab a fresh-cut lunch at Sushi Gen or Hama Sushi, followed by a hot ramen dinner at Daikokuya. If you're up for a slower-paced feast, cook your own meal at the well-loved Shabu Shabu House.

Beyond authentic food, the James Irvine Japanese Garden is a nice introduction to Little Tokyo. This zen spot is open year-round and is free to the public. There’s nothing like a short meditation by the waterfall to center your day in LA.

If you’re looking to indulge a bit more, check out The Galleria Mall. Among fashion boutiques and a Japanese market, you’ll also find Daiso: a Japanese version of LA’s 99 cents stores, with a fun selection of Japanese-designed practical items and specialty treats.