California Japantowns - Exploring the preservation of history, culture, and community...

San Diego

Early 1900, Japanese found work in fishing, agriculture, and small business in San Diego. A settlement quickly formed by 1910 to include 5 hotels, 6 pool halls, 3 barbers, 2 bathhouses and several stores for the laborers. Continuing to expand, San Diego’s Japantown boasted a population of 1,554 by 1940, with 3 churches, 2 Japanese schools, 2 pool halls, 5 hotels, 15 restaurants, 11 markets, 6 produce stands, 3 cleaners, and over a dozen other businesses. Numerous buildings still stand from the former Japantown, ,overlapping with the historic Chinatown and Gaslamp District, yet their history is little known. The Japanese American Hitorical Society of San Diego has made great strides in sharing the community’s heritage to a broader audience.

Listings 

ABC Caf

544 5th Ave, San Diego

Blvd Express

301 W G Street, San Diego
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Buddhist Church

2929 Market St, San Diego
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Butoku Kai

2929 Market St, San Diego

Dr. Tanaka Office

1536 Market St, San Diego
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Gem Market

3801 30th St, San Diego
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H.T. Produce

445 6th Ave, San Diego

Himago Company

437 5th Ave, San Diego
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Holiness Church

3030 Webster Ave, San Diego
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Imperial Grocery

1945 Imperial Ave, San Diego
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Iwata Co. Inc

1118 5th Ave, San Diego
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JACL

621 6th Ave, San Diego

John's Produce Market

5011 El Cajon Bl, San Diego
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Lincoln Caf

302 Market St, San Diego

Lincoln Hotel

536 5th Ave, San Diego
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Nakayakata Office

1319 Crosby St, San Diego

New York Hotel

520 6th Ave, San Diego
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Nichibei Correspondent

Rt 1 Box 95-C, Chula Vista, San Diego

OK Produce

421 6th Ave, San Diego

Ono Grocery

3191 Thorn St, San Diego
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Owl Shoe Store

541 5th Ave, San Diego
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Paciic Hotel

506 5th Ave, San Diego
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Panama Hotel

502 6th Ave, San Diego
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Rafu Shimpo Branch

2946 Sunset Blvd, San Diego

S. Sakamoto Office

2946 Sunset Blvd, San Diego