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


Once serving as the Japanese hub of the Central Valley, Fresno streets thrived with over a thousand Japanese in the 1940s, with 8 hotels, 3 boarding houses, 19 restaurants, markets, 5 barbers, 3 bathhouses, 3 beauty shops, 2 theaters, 3 churches, 6 sewing schools, and 120 other businesses. While nearly forty percent of pre-war buildings remain extant, most have been abandoned leaving only a shell of the former town. Kogetsu-do, Central Fish, and Renge Pharmacy are the sole remaining Nikkei businesses. With the opening of the new Fresno Buddhist Church Educational Center outside of town, the distinctive historic Buddhist temple may soon be only a hollow reminder of the once dense neighborhood.


Jinkawa Pool Hall

1441 Tulare St, Fresno

Jitsumyo Meat Co

1408 Kern St, Fresno

Kakiuchi Nursery

521 Raisina St, Fresno

Kamimaruko Cyclery

947 F Street, Fresno

Kataoka Jeweller Co

1534 Tulare St, Fresno

Kebo Office

1419 Kern St, Fresno

Kebo, S.

827 B Street, Fresno

Kobata Drink Shop

1410 Tulare St, Fresno

Kubo Express

911 G Steet, Fresno

Lumbini Club

1340 Kern St, Fresno

M.G. Tailor

915 F Street, Fresno


956 China Alley, Fresno

Marutama Kamaboko

1333 Kern St, Fresno

Masuda Bookstore

921 China Alley, Fresno

Masuda Co

1537 Kern St, Fresno

Masuda Co

1537 Kern St, Fresno

Matsuno Sushi

915 E Street, Fresno

Methodist Church

1260 Kern St, Fresno

Mikado Hotel

1413 Tulare St, Fresno

Mikado Laundry

1338 Tulare St, Fresno

Mikami Office

751 Mayor Ave, Fresno

Muratani Office

1431 Tulare St, Fresno

Murotani Office

508 S Van Ness Ave, Fresno

Nankaiya Hotel

911 G Steet, Fresno

Nichibei Drug

1426 Tulare St, Fresno

Nii Co

1228 Tulare St, Fresno

Nii Restaurant

926 F Street, Fresno

Nippon Blg. Co

911 F Street, Fresno