Little Tokyo Historic District – 1st Street

firststreet1st Street between Judge John Aiso Street and Alameda

The crux of Los Angeles’ “Japantown” or “Little Tokyo,” this street and its cultural significance to Japanese American history was once slated for destruction. Thanks to local government and non-profit organizations, most of the historic buildings and their unique architecture have been preserved. On 1st Street, you’ll find such attractions as the East West Players, the Diskovery Center, the Koban, the Japanese American National Museum, and a variety of shops and restaurants including some that have been in Little Tokyo for generations. Embedded in the sidewalk is a timeline of the neighborhood’s history. This Downtown block was declared a National Historic Landmark District in 1995.