San Francisco audio tour: Food, History and Resistance in Japantown

Food, History and Resistance in Japantown

Walking Tour

50 mins

About the Tour

Walk with local Japanese American and Jewish home cook, entertaining expert, storyteller and activist Kristin Eriko Posner to discover how history shaped the food, culture, and landscape of the oldest Japantown in the U.S.

Kristin is the founder of Nourish Co., a lifestyle company that helps ethnically blended couples create nourishing new rituals, drawing on time-honored wisdom.


Cal Raijin Taiko
The Jazz Piano - Bensound
Hip Jazz - Bensound
Goh Nakamura

Tour Producer


Kristin Eriko Posner

Japanese-American & Jewish home cook, entertaining expert and activist in San Francisco, CA.

Major Landmarks

  • Origami Fountains

  • Peace Pagoda

  • Japantown Mall

Directions to Starting Point

Meet me under the red torii gate at where Sutter and Buchanan Streets cross.

Osaka Way
QHPC+J2 Western Addition, San Francisco, CA

By Bus: #2, #3, #22 and #38 bus lines all stop in Japantown.
By Car: Metered and 2 hour parking is available in the neighborhood
By Lyft or Uber (destination: Osaka Way)

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Places to stop along the way

Paper Tree, Benkyodo, Hinodeya Ramen

Best time of day

This tour is best between 10:30am - 3:30pm on Wednesday-Saturdays, when all of the businesses on the tour are open. Though it can be taken at any hour, any day, taking the tour during this window is highly recommended! Most places are open until 6pm with the exception of the 112-year-old Japanese sweets shop.


Come hungry! There will be optional snacks and meal recommendations along the way.

Bring cash for a manju, a traditional Japanese confection at a 112-year old neighborhood institution.

Wear comfortable walking shoes and layers- it can be hot and sunny, then foggy, within a couple of hours in Japantown.


Loved it. Good
Length, great balance of
Information (history, shopping, food)

Posted by Anonymous Explorer , 6 months ago

What an incredible tour. Everyone should take it. Visitors and residents alike. Thank you!

Posted by Anonymous Explorer , 11 months ago

I'm a local, and really enjoyed this audio tour! Some visitors recently asked me to give them a tour of Japantown, and while I was familiar with many of the shops and restaurants, I realized I wasn't very familiar with the history of Japantown. Kristin's tour provided a lot of great and interesting facts that I wasn't aware of, and has given me a whole new and better perspective of the community. I highly recommend this tour to others!

Posted by Nikki , about 2 years ago

A wonderful tour of Japantown giving a rich history of the families and establishments that have been in the community for many generations. Kristin takes you to many different places old and new and guides you through the background of each place pointing out the key locations and moments that have made up Japantown. You'll go beyond what meets the eye with little details and facts that truly make this community special. Kristin beautifully weaves in various stories along the journey making it even more personal and enjoyable. I highly recommend this tour to anyone curious about Japantown.

Posted by Arisa , about 2 years ago

I loved being guided around the neighborhood with this app! The stories on the tour were really immersive. I'm a local, and saw so many cool spots that gave me new perspective on Japantown

Posted by Anonymous Explorer , over 2 years ago

This tour will make you appreciate the beauty of this Japantown - maybe even make you cry (but for all the right reasons). Kristin’s narrative is like being led by your favorite grade school teacher on a nostalgic field trip: it’s comforting to listen to, informative and super entertaining with the amazing music she’s chosen for the tour. You feel like a pro/insider after walking this tour, and it will leave you wanting to experience it all over again another day.

Posted by Anonymous Explorer , over 2 years ago
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Food, History and Resistance in Japantown