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.


Nippon Hall

909 F Street, Fresno

Nippon Hospital

935 E Street, Fresno

Nishimura Hotel

1542 Kern St, Fresno

O.K. Nursery

2326 Ventura Ave, Fresno

Ogon Bath

1513 Kern St, Fresno

Okonogi Residence

746 A Street, Fresno

Okonogi Sanatorium

708 E Street, Fresno

Opera Hotel

1435 Kern St, Fresno

Pastor's Residence

801 B Street, Fresno

Rafu Shimpo Br

751 Pottle Ave, Fresno

Rose Bottling Co

827 F Street, Fresno

Royal Floral Shop

1407 Kern St, Fresno

Ryan Hotel

1443 Tulare St, Fresno

Ryan Theatre

1437 Tulare St, Fresno

Saiki Poultry Farm

P.O. Box 746, Fresno

Sakamoto Office

1417 Ventura Ave, Fresno

Sangyo Nippo

824 D Street, Fresno

Shibukawa Massage

1228 Tulare St, Fresno

Shinboku Kai

1458 Kern St, Fresno

Sumida Office

113 N Van Ness Ave, Fresno

Sunshine Laundry

664 F Street, Fresno

Takata Restaurant

1601 Tulare St, Fresno

Takemoto Barber

1427 Kern St, Fresno

Taketomo Grocery

664 F Street, Fresno

Tamaya Jeweller Co

394 F Street, Fresno

Tenrikyo Fukyo Sho

707 D Street, Fresno

Tenshodo Drug

1501-1505 Kern St, Fresno

Tokiwa Bath

927 F Street, Fresno


1516 Kern St, Fresno

Tom Okawara

623 E Street, Fresno


1428 Kern St, Fresno

Valley Gin-Sha

1517 Ventura Ave, Fresno

Wakasa Express

1221 Inyo St, Fresno