California Japantowns

Through this website, we hope to engage new audiences and educate visitors about the historic legacies of Japantowns, or Nihonmachis, across the state. We introduce you to the vibrant communities of the three remaining Japantowns in California and the results of Preserving California’s Japantowns, the first statewide project to document historic resources of pre-World War II Japantowns. explore Japantowns in San Francisco, San Jose and Los Angeles’ Little Tokyo through interactive maps that highlight the historic and contemporary features of these vibrant communities.